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I feel like just the fact that they aren't increasing the price and that they still have GMTO make them better. That should be EOD. Both are good but GG is more consumer friendly at least and that means better value.
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

I feel like just the fact that they aren't increasing the price and that they still have GMTO make them better. That should be EOD. Both are good but GG is more consumer friendly at least and that means better value.

Agree. Currently my favorite brand but StC could enter the fray soon. I actually think Decos are a great value at their current cost.
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I want to be clear, EG is known for its quirks and hiccups, as well as making awesome shoes. They have become far less rigid over time and more commercial and responsive to customer requests and market forces

But the company does make some choices and decisions that drive some customers and potential customers nuts at times. Even if it's only related to what shoes are "in stock" at a particular time or in a particular year.
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I feel like just the fact that they aren't increasing the price and that they still have GMTO make them better. That should be EOD. Both are good but GG is more consumer friendly at least and that means better value.


But they've been more costly until just recently, correct? They may in fact be more customer friendly now, but that still doesn't mean their style works for everybody. Their style is pretty aggressive, and this in itself will keep some from buying their shoes even though it tends to work for others. Although there are a few G&G models I like, there are many more EG models that I like. Better often depends on what works for you, not necessarily some of the other points your making even if they are true. So we can often overlook some things if in the end it works better for you.

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Is it possible to reserve a planned arrival boot or buy it before it arrives?

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X-post from Carmina thread to see if there's any interest:

I'm looking to get a boot in polo suede before the price increase goes into effect next month. Unfortunately Skoak sold out for my size in their current polo boot already frown.gif

Would anyone be interested in something like this design - http://www.carminashoemaker.com/mens-boots/balmoral-brown-suede-80092

In this color - http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/uk-7/products/carmina-polo-suede-boot
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Is it possible to reserve a planned arrival boot or buy it before it arrives?

Inside joke, but this question is rather timely.

You should email Skoak sales and explain what you want to do.
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So,far I have three EG & 3 G&G few more on there way and adding Stcrispin on there way also. Style wise I prefer G&G but love my dover & antique olive very much.
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Agree. Currently my favorite brand but StC could enter the fray soon. I actually think Decos are a great value at their current cost.
I am also adding Stcrispin In the mix why settle for 2 brand when you can have 3 top dogs.
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That is absurd. EG is fine. Finishing is quite similar between the two. Between MTOs or better, the preference between EG and G&G is mostly a matter of personal style.

Compare an EG fiddleback waist to a G&G one, and you'll find subtle differences only, IMO.

With respect to dark oak and delivery time or reject complaints, I don't know if your issues and experience are common or simply unlucky. I will say this, certain shoe styles are more prone to manufacturing issues. Also, in my experience, if you are explicit on MTOs about color and finishing, you can get pretty much exactly what you want. You have to be thoughtful and clear. Also, working with great shops like Skoak can help mitigate so many of the hiccups.

Cheers.

p.s. - all shoe manufacturers make mistakes from time to time.

I don't believe G&G would have sent me this...


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Perhaps not. I don't know. But they look bad to me. I'm sorry you received those. If I did, I'd be pissed, and I might moderate my enthusiasm. Did they make it right?

I have seen some janky rejects or subs from G&G. But they may be considerably better at not sending them out.

I don't mean to be an EG apologist. However, you guys make them sound like they are Alden or Allen Edmonds on quality control.
Moreover, I have not experienced any problems personally with EG, aside from some long delays on MTOs.
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Perhaps not. I don't know. But they look bad to me. I'm sorry you received those. If I did, I'd be pissed, and I might moderate my enthusiasm. Did they make it right?

I have seen some janky rejects or subs from G&G. But they may be considerably better at not sending them out.

I don't mean to be an EG apologist. However, you guys make them sound like they are Alden or Allen Edmonds on quality control.
Moreover, I have not experienced any problems personally with EG, aside from some long delays on MTOs.

I wouldn't say they are anywhere near as bad as Alden or AE. In fact I think @rydenfan's post and one other is the only rejects I've ever seen that have made it out to a customer. In fact their quality that makes it out to their customers is outstanding as far as I am aware. But their finishing as of late has been a bit questionable.
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Wow, I guess I didn't think my question would spark so much debate. Thanks to all who chimed in. I've never reached the EG / GG price threshold, but have been considering it lately. I have too many dress shoes that I don't wear from "lower-tier" manufacturers. I've been considering selling off several bals and replacing them with one pair of really top-quality dress shoes, since I'm in a suit once a week at the most.
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Wow, I guess I didn't think my question would spark so much debate. Thanks to all who chimed in. I've never reached the EG / GG price threshold, but have been considering it lately. I have too many dress shoes that I don't wear from "lower-tier" manufacturers. I've been considering selling off several bals and replacing them with one pair of really top-quality dress shoes, since I'm in a suit once a week at the most.
Get G&G or EG you will be super happy I know you got vass hands down comes in my top four shoes. And bang for a buck icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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How about a split toe loafer?

 

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i too would be interested, but my next purchase would probably be a derby first. A Carmina split toe derby to be exact after be charmed by EG Dover, but a similar Carmina offering would definitely be better for my wallet. 

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