^AS doesn't actually make their own boot trees. These were commissioned directly by AFPOS iirc (a generous project imo). I wish AS made lasted boot trees. The lasted shoe trees I have from them fit perfectly.
Originally Posted by Saratorial_Splender
Thank zippyh. This helps make my point even more.
Doesn't it go against your point? The fair comparison to G&G would be AS handgrades, not exclusives.
Originally Posted by dsmivtr
+1 It is tricky trying to differentiate I think when it comes to shell since the distributor (Horween) and material is the same. From my understanding of the MTO/HG, the last (19, 48, & 53 are only for MTO/HG with some exceptions), [calf] uppers, burnishing (if requested), fiddleback waist, bevelled edge, sole dressing, and packaging are better compared to the Exclusive range (of course the 'MTO' piece is default when it comes to design/color/etc.).
I personally do not get too hyped up on the soles so the Exclusive level works perfectly for me. Very happy with the whiskey Ramseys and I look forward to receiving the Cognac Millers. NYC is supposed to be sunny so maybe I can wear them on the walk home! Nothing breaks shoes/boots in better than a 2.5K walk
I too am not a big fan of fiddleback waists, notched heels, or fancy packaging. But handgrades do have a couple other advantages like bed lasting and leather heel and toe puffs, iirc.