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Ttown - something similar happened too me - lost two pairs of shoes this way. Beautiful women and a horrible temper is a bad combo. smile.gif

As for the G&G trees - to get back on topic - I also think the old stained ones looked much better. I don't like the plaque on the new trees either, but the fit of the G&G trees are great and an investment.
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Some quick iPhone shots. Too hot to wear them today!

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Darker than the "real" rustic arran grain for sure, but still a beautiful boot. Congrats!!
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Some quick iPhone shots. Too hot to wear them today!
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Lovely boots - under this lighting condition they look like rosewood cc to me
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Ttown - something similar happened too me - lost two pairs of shoes this way. Beautiful women and a horrible temper is a bad combo. smile.gif

As for the G&G trees - to get back on topic - I also think the old stained ones looked much better. I don't like the plaque on the new trees either, but the fit of the G&G trees are great and an investment.


The fit is certainly one of the main reasons I go this route.

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Some quick iPhone shots. Too hot to wear them today!

Thank you sir, and Congrats.

 

Those are some great looking boots!!!!

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Darker than the "real" rustic arran grain for sure, but still a beautiful boot. Congrats!!

My thoughts as well.

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Some quick iPhone shots. Too hot to wear them today!


So that's 2 pairs in Geneva :) Congratulations !

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Ttown - something similar happened too me - lost two pairs of shoes this way. Beautiful women and a horrible temper is a bad combo. smile.gif

As for the G&G trees - to get back on topic - I also think the old stained ones looked much better. I don't like the plaque on the new trees either, but the fit of the G&G trees are great and an investment.

 

The trees were the only thing I DIDN'T like about my Burnhams.  No dispute as to fit, but there is absolutely no need for aesthetics to take a back seat.  After all, none of us would buy ugly shoes just because they fit really well.  The old trees at least LOOKED like they might be worth the not so modest asking price. 

 

/tree rant.

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Great purchase, I love grained leather boots!!!!
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Boots look great.........dover on almond cc to follow.
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same idea here. for the major price paid already, what is an extra $100-150? It is worth it when breaking up the cost of the shoe over a few years.

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With the amount of shoes I bought that would have been an extra 3-5k on trees in the past year and a half. To each his own though.

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Different strokes for different folks, and I can certainly understand your reasoning. Good thing for me I'm only at the point it might have been about two more shoes at this point. LOL

But anyhow my method still works for me and when purchased in a more spread out fashion over time it's not as noticeable as when shoes are purchased in bunches of ten or more at a time. LOL

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Yeah no kidding. If I only bought one shoe a year I'd get shoe trees. When you get 10 shoes at a time? Pass... Then again I should have passed on buying so many so fast, I can't really appreciate them when I get a new shipment every week... Curse the exchange rate. If the price had never dropped I would never have any EG and GG since it would have been out of my price range.

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Heck for some who only buy one or two shoes a year the lasted or branded thing seems outrageous and doesn't work for them either.


Oh, by the way don't stop on our account, we're weirdos here and we enjoy the shoe porn. LOL

Hey I know what you guys mean. It can get expensive but it all really depends on what shoes you have and how the shoe trees that are less money fit in your shoes. I can use the Joseph A Bank/AE-/Woodlore shoe trees for AE/Alden, etc level shoes but not for my EG/GG/EB because my feet are already so long and narrow. So with the less rounded toes and shapely lasts of those better brands (EG,GG,EB), I can't get generic shoe trees to fit even close to the toe area and the proportions are completely off if I try to go to a smaller shoe tree size.

I guess you guys just don't have that problem with normal sized and width feet. Or do you guys just buy one of each lasted tree and move it around as needed to make sure that most recently worn lair will always have a lasted tree put in it? That could be a great cost savings so you don't need to buy nearly as many pairs of shoe trees.
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Ttown - something similar happened too me - lost two pairs of shoes this way. Beautiful women and a horrible temper is a bad combo. smile.gif

As for the G&G trees - to get back on topic - I also think the old stained ones looked much better. I don't like the plaque on the new trees either, but the fit of the G&G trees are great and an investment.

I agree in that the stained ones look nicer but as long as the fit is there, that is really all that should matter. They have a purpose and looking good is just an added perk. Haha. When I'm not wearing the pair and it has dried out for a day, I put my pairs back in shoe bags and/or boxes and back in their closet for storage to keep them as pristine as possible, so I don't see the trees in the shoe any more than that.
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The trees were the only thing I DIDN'T like about my Burnhams.  No dispute as to fit, but there is absolutely no need for aesthetics to take a back seat.  After all, none of us would buy ugly shoes just because they fit really well.  The old trees at least LOOKED like they might be worth the not so modest asking price. 

/tree rant.

That is true but fit is what matters when we don't see them any more after they are in the shoes, especially if they are in a boot where they are completely unseen. But if enough people have complaints then bring it up to GG or make a list of people who want the old style trees back and see if they will accommodate. I don't really care as long as they are lasted but I'd join I with you guys if you did do such a thing just for support.
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That is true but fit is what matters when we don't see them any more after they are in the shoes, especially if they are in a boot where they are completely unseen. But if enough people have complaints then bring it up to GG or make a list of people who want the old style trees back and see if they will accommodate. I don't really care as long as they are lasted but I'd join I with you guys if you did do such a thing just for support.

 

The functional difference between using no trees at all and using cheap JAB $10 trees is huge.  The functional difference between using cheap JAB $10 tress and $150 premium trees, assuming at least reasonably good fit of the former, is quite small.  If the two look the same, then for me, there is not a lot of motivation for me to shell out the extra coin for the latter.  Perhaps I'm just shallow.  :embar:  Or maybe just pragmatic.:D  Going forward, I'd rather have a pair of the sleek and colourful Skoak trees than these G&G trees.  I'm just not seeing the value.  Of course others will have a different view and find them a worthwhile expense.  Their money, their choice.

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The functional difference between using no trees at all and using cheap JAB $10 trees is huge.  The functional difference between using cheap JAB $10 tress and $150 premium trees, assuming at least reasonably good fit of the former, is quite small.  If the two look the same, then for me, there is not a lot of motivation for me to shell out the extra coin for the latter.  Perhaps I'm just shallow.  shog%5B1%5D.gif  Or maybe just pragmatic.biggrin.gif   Going forward, I'd rather have a pair of the sleek and colourful Skoak trees than these G&G trees.  I'm just not seeing the value.  Of course others will have a different view and find them a worthwhile expense.  Their money, their choice.

Completely agree except for shoes that are made of soft leather or that are unlined. These benefit from lasted shoe trees. I had a pair of unlined suede loafers that lost their shape due to the use of non-lasted trees.

The best deal for trees were the $45 Ralph Lauren purple label Edward Green trees which are now sadly discontinued. Hit the sweet spot for cost/benefit.
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