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post #11041 of 13422

I don't have any G&G shoes until today when I have two pair of boots, named Burnham and Arran. They look very beautiful as I expected, but the shoe trees included with the Burnham makes me confused. I cannot pull the trees out of the Burnham (I received my shoes with trees put in). It seems to tight that I cannot pull it out, but I believe the trees size is correspond to the shoes size. For the Arran, it is OK and I can pull the trees out of the boots quite easily as I can do with other shoes like EG, C&J or Carmina.

 

Could you give me some advice?

 

Thanks.

post #11042 of 13422
try bending the hinge of the tree and then sliding it up and out on an angle.


this sounds so dirty.
post #11043 of 13422
I shined up my Decos today. biggrin.gif
post #11044 of 13422
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Originally Posted by niklasnordin View Post
 

Got a picture from Gabriel at skoak today of my MTO that I wanted to share. 

Its the result of the MTO I tried to get 6 people to join back in november. 

Brown hatch grain with black details and only 2 eyelets with a wensum sole.

I must say Im very pleased with the result.

 

I really like the shape and the line ... really ... great choice ... congratulations.

post #11045 of 13422
it seems the arran just always look beautiful.
post #11046 of 13422
I'm noticing a pretty significant creaking noise coming from what I believe to be the left heel (activated when weight is transferred from the heel to the forefoot). It's only my second ware but they've probably already got 10mi on them.

The other threads on this site seem to indicate little can be done if it's not coming from the inside of the shoe.

I'm happy to keep wearing them to see if it goes away but if I'm going to consider something extreme (like a new heel) continued wear might make them more uneven...

Any thoughts? I work in a relatively quiet office so its persistence would be a bit of an issue.
Edited by Itsuo - 2/20/14 at 8:05am
post #11047 of 13422
I have had similar issues with heel counters myself. I could reproduce the noise simply by squeezing the sides of the heel gently. If you have ruled out simple tongue friction noise, I would have GG take a look at them. That's what I did...
post #11048 of 13422

Those arrans are nice!

post #11049 of 13422
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

Vintage cherry seems to vary in images, from brighter cherry, to a less saturated cognac red. The one example I have seen in person looked more subtle than the highly saturated red pics I often see online. I don't mind the saturated pics, mind you. It would just be nice to know how saturated I can expect my St. James to be smile.gif

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post

My experience with vintage cherry has been very similar.

I originally bought these shoes in an 11 and the cherry was a much much lighter red. I returned them for an 11.5 and the color was greatly different...these are a much darker red.

I will see if I have pics of both of them tonight to compare the color differences.


Also...I happen to like these shoes alot with jeans...bold is good if you can pull it off wink.gif

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

another vote for the darker version.

Guys,

Vintage Cherry used to be much lighter in color. Nick from Bespoke England confirmed this when I talked to him a couple of years ago. In fact if you go to his website you will see two St. James II models in Vintage Cherry, one noticeably lighter than the other. I think this is the picture of the old model when Vintage Cherry was much lighter in color.
post #11050 of 13422
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

I have had similar issues with heel counters myself. I could reproduce the noise simply by squeezing the sides of the heel gently. If you have ruled out simple tongue friction noise, I would have GG take a look at them. That's what I did...

Creaking generally is the result of leather rubbing on leather.

OK, so everyone knows that. But why does one shoe creak and another does not? Good shoes are on layer. In the heel area, you have the lining, the heel stiffener and the counter. These layers are supposed to be bonded together...traditionally with pastes. Too little paste and you'll get creaking.

But not using a shoe horn or a shoe that is too loose, encouraging the foot to walk out of the shoe, or just simple abuse such as using the toe of the shoe to kick off the other shoe can all cause a breakdown of the bond. Once that bond is broken it is difficult to see how the creaking can be stopped...although there are wonky fixes that sometimes work and sometimes don't.

Often as the shoe breaks in, the leather will stop moving around so much and the creaking will stop.
post #11051 of 13422

They definitely improved vintage cherry with the darkening.

post #11052 of 13422
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Creaking generally is the result of leather rubbing on leather.

OK, so everyone knows that. But why does one shoe creak and another does not? Good shoes are on layer. In the heel area, you have the lining, the heel stiffener and the counter. These layers are supposed to be bonded together...traditionally with pastes. Too little paste and you'll get creaking.

But not using a shoe horn or a shoe that is too loose, encouraging the foot to walk out of the shoe, or just simple abuse such as using the toe of the shoe to kick off the other shoe can all cause a breakdown of the bond. Once that bond is broken it is difficult to see how the creaking can be stopped...although there are wonky fixes that sometimes work and sometimes don't.

Often as the shoe breaks in, the leather will stop moving around so much and the creaking will stop.


My experience has been that as they break in they stop creaking.

post #11053 of 13422

Here are some more detailed pics of the Arran I brought home today.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #11054 of 13422

^ Congratulations on those beauties.  I have never been a big fan of chukka style boots but I would love a pair of those.  They are a very easy exception to the rule for me, being very sleek and elegant (rather than blobby and super casual).

post #11055 of 13422

x-post from rock your socks

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