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Which wingtip model do you guys prefer from GG? The Rothschild, Mitchell, and Westminster all look pretty sweet but am having a hard time deciding. Thinking vintage rioja. The only other option is an EG Malvern in nightshade.

Mitchell does it for me - the faux wingtip feels sleeker (amongst an admittedly sleek coterie of G&G wingtip designs). Absolutely love them in vintage rioja.

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Which wingtip model do you guys prefer from GG? The Rothschild, Mitchell, and Westminster all look pretty sweet but am having a hard time deciding. Thinking vintage rioja. The only other option is an EG Malvern in nightshade.

At G&G, Rothschild. A classic done most elegantly. Why complicate things?
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At G&G, Rothschild. A classic done most elegantly. Why complicate things?

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At G&G, Rothschild. A classic done most elegantly. Why complicate things?

 

Hard to argue with this.  Do you prefer the Rothschild over the EG Malvern on the 82 last?

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Hnng, but a zug urban commando would be so good.  I wonder if they could source some if we put together a GMTO. :)

 

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You can ask if there is enough interest I don't see why not my man.


I was going for the Zug Urban commando single MTO but they didn't have any Zug and couldn't source it either. 

Instead ordered the C&J Zug Snowdon for the bad weather and also the Urban Commando on the Beluga patina.

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Hard to argue with this.  Do you prefer the Rothschild over the EG Malvern on the 82 last?
That's a little trickier. On this particular model, G&G scores big for design and execution.

Sadly, I don't fit into their lasts all that well. The instep is just really flat, which looks slick but doesn't necessarily allow access.

I did get a plain-toed suede derby in whatever the round toe is-- in F. While it's not awful, it does require a shoehorn, some faith, and un-swollen feet. I'll have to give it some wear before I try another.

On the other hand, I fit an 82E and 32E quite well, and also a 202D. I'm guessing that 606D might also work. (The latter two aren't terrible in E width, but they allow just a bit more play than I prefer.) So when I get my brogues with storm welt and Ridgeway soles, I'll go with EG in country grain, maybe in 82. It won't be quite as nice-looking as Leffot's G&G winter model, but sometimes that doesn't matter.
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I just recently read through the last 6 months of action on this thread, thanks for all the boot and shoe porn guys! It was and exciting journey. I was hoping to get some help from those that have the time.

After reading up on Wensum soles over the past couple of weeks, I still have some gaps in understanding I was hoping some of members with Wensum experience could help me out with. Especially in comparing it to Dainite.

I live in Alaska and Dainite has become a necessity. I find it's traction excellent in most situations, except those where nothing really helps, like smooth and wet ice. It's durability has also been a game changer for me. For my boots that only see semi-regular wear, I'm sure I will never have to them resoled. Which is nice for those boots, I imagine even better for boots that I would most likely send back to the UK for a factory resole.

This is some of the information that I've come up with, if anyone has had different experiences, contrasting opinions would be appreciated.

When it comes to traction differences between it and Dainite, there is no consensus on which is better, so I'll refrain from posing that question again.

It seems that Wensum is the winner when it comes to comfort from what I've read.

As far as durability, I understand that Dainite would be the winner. But I couldn't find anything about how much more durable. Also, I see less road salt than most live through winters in cities, but I deal with a lot of gravel and if anyone has experience with Wensum in gravel or other small pointy objects underfoot, I would love to hear your thoughts.

I know that many of the regular contributors to this thread have experiences with the sole options across many of the other makers popular on SF and I've learned a lot from guys like @rogerp , @ttownmd , and @thundermarch . I was hoping to garner some comparisons to other makers' Wensum alternatives( EB, EG, etc, does Vass have one yet?)

Thanks guys!
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I just recently read through the last 6 months of action on this thread, thanks for all the boot and shoe porn guys! It was and exciting journey. I was hoping to get some help from those that have the time.

After reading up on Wensum soles over the past couple of weeks, I still have some gaps in understanding I was hoping some of members with Wensum experience could help me out with. Especially in comparing it to Dainite.

I live in Alaska and Dainite has become a necessity. I find it's traction excellent in most situations, except those where nothing really helps, like smooth and wet ice. It's durability has also been a game changer for me. For my boots that only see semi-regular wear, I'm sure I will never have to them resoled. Which is nice for those boots, I imagine even better for boots that I would most likely send back to the UK for a factory resole.

This is some of the information that I've come up with, if anyone has had different experiences, contrasting opinions would be appreciated.

When it comes to traction differences between it and Dainite, there is no consensus on which is better, so I'll refrain from posing that question again.

It seems that Wensum is the winner when it comes to comfort from what I've read.

As far as durability, I understand that Dainite would be the winner. But I couldn't find anything about how much more durable. Also, I see less road salt than most live through winters in cities, but I deal with a lot of gravel and if anyone has experience with Wensum in gravel or other small pointy objects underfoot, I would love to hear your thoughts.

I know that many of the regular contributors to this thread have experiences with the sole options across many of the other makers popular on SF and I've learned a lot from guys like @rogerp , @ttownmd , and @thundermarch . I was hoping to garner some comparisons to other makers' Wensum alternatives( EB, EG, etc, does Vass have one yet?)

Thanks guys!
Hey I own both Danite & wensum sole and double wensum sole. The advantage of wensum sole is its sleeker & more comfortable than Danite but comfort varies from person to person. As far as durability & traction goes I would say wensum win & it would out last Danite. Don't get me wrong both will last long time but Danite will definitely go out faster vs wensum sole. This info was told to me by a GG store Sales associate who own both. As far as other maker EG offer R1 rubber sole which is slim profile rubbber will last a while but not as long as Danite or wensum. Enzo B has topy or yoyo sole similar but no were close to wensum sole. Vass & carmina don't have any thing similar to wensum sole. Hope this helps my man.
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Dainite may be fine on snow and softer surfaces, but it's a disaster on pavement. You get spikes drilling into the soles of your feet, and they wear down in no time, leaving you with really bad ice skates. Unless I knew for sure that I'd be using my shoes on the correct surface, I'd rather have them soled with Wensum (or R1 or the old EG Thames), or-- if I needed some extra oomph-- Ridgeway.

Vass still doesn't offer a Wensum equivalent. It's Dainite or the Vibram Commando, or maybe Topy'd leather.
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Originally Posted by TtownMD View Post

Hey I own both Danite & wensum sole and double wensum sole. The advantage of wensum sole is its sleeker & more comfortable than Danite but comfort varies from person to person. As far as durability & traction goes I would say wensum win & it would out last Danite. Don't get me wrong both will last long time but Danite will definitely go out faster vs wensum sole. This info was told to me by a GG store Sales associate who own both. As far as other maker EG offer R1 rubber sole which is slim profile rubbber will last a while but not as long as Danite or wensum. Enzo B has topy or yoyo sole similar but no were close to wensum sole. Vass & carmina don't have any thing similar to wensum sole. Hope this helps my man.

It definitely helps brother! It makes me feel some relief over the matter. I didn't imagine the Wensum was as durable as all that or that the other makers equivalents were not nearly equivalent. Very good to know.

I have polo suede Arrans in route from Mr. Porter and can give you partial blame for the purchase if my wife sees the invoice. I'll say the GG crowd is filled with enablers. Not that I have any hope in that working. Honestly, I still haven't justified the purchase to myself yet. You can get 2-3 excellent chukkas for that money. But I'm sure once they're in hand, I won't feel the need to justify anything. I don't play in the same ball field as most of the guys here, I just like to get myself a 2-3 really nice things a year as reward for semi proper adulting. These boots will need to count as two. It was your comments in response to my question about GG's polo suede that actually made me think of GG as an actual option in my hunt for the perfect mid brown family chukka. That and erikged telling me that I would most likely regret it if I settled for a a close enough option instead of what I really wanted.

I ended up ordering two pairs of the Arrans, in 9UK and 9.5UK to make sure my E width sizing was covered. I'm a US 10D and because GG shoes seem to have the most agreed upon sizing recommendations I've seen, thought it would be safe to go with the standard half size down. But after talking to Max on the phone the other day, he swayed me towards a full size down based off of some of my C&J sizes. If neither of those sizes work, I'll probably be requesting assistance from the guys that have tried sizing down further, but going F width. If things don't work out with the Arrans for whatever reason, I will go with Joe Works' "0" Last chukka that he has been showcasing for awhile. Those are the boots that started me on my current chukka journey.
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Dainite may be fine on snow and softer surfaces, but it's a disaster on pavement. You get spikes drilling into the soles of your feet, and they wear down in no time, leaving you with really bad ice skates. Unless I knew for sure that I'd be using my shoes on the correct surface, I'd rather have them soled with Wensum (or R1 or the old EG Thames), or-- if I needed some extra oomph-- Ridgeway.

Vass still doesn't offer a Wensum equivalent. It's Dainite or the Vibram Commando, or maybe Topy'd leather.

Thank you for your input. My Dainite soled boots haven't seen enough concrete yet to cause enough wear show noticeable wear on the cleats, but is God to know that may be in the cards. I haven't noticed much discomfort due the the cleats, but if I've been wearing comfy christy soles work boots for two weeks straight and then fly home and switch straight to dainite, I notice then. I'll start paying more attention to their wear from now on.
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theundeadkennedy good choice & I agree with Erick specially if you are after surten color then don't settle other wise you will have regrets. For what it's worth I am 10 on barnock & wear 9.5D in US shoes & take 8.5uk E sizing was suggested by max so you should be fine.. And you should be happy with wensum sole if you are doing mto you have option of getting double wensum sole. They also work like charm on chukka & boot.
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I just can't quit my kudu thorpes.

 

 

Briefcase needs some conditioning however...

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There is a pair of kudu thorpes on the bay that are 1/2 size too big but I'm severely tempted
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There is a pair of kudu thorpes on the bay that are 1/2 size too big but I'm severely tempted

Free advice: they won't fit and you'll end up flipping them at a loss.
> You can get a new pair for not much more than he's asking.
> They're too worn for the price.
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