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post #7921 of 10543
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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post


Definitely some great insight! Are your epaulets in 8.5 a bit roomy? I take 10 in epaulet, 43(10) in CP. I'm guessing would take the same in Gustin, however I have a slightly wider/flat foot. Wonder if it'll be as good. The No8 are the ones I really am after


I too have fairly wide feet compared to normal.  I was initially worried about Gustin after viewing some of the pictures.  I'm happy to report that my #8 lows that just arrived today have enough room for my feet.  The width is comfortable and I don't notice any potential issues that I have experienced with other brands.  I'm a 10.5 in Epaulet and these Gustin size 10's have a similar feel/fit for me.  There is more than enough room for my toes despite sizing down in number from my standard 10.5 fit.  Their recommendation to round down is spot on.  Feel confident when backing that width will not be an issue for you.  If I don't notice anything, I'm fairly certain you are solid.

 

I do not have a ton of experience with chromexcel so I can't speak on how the shoes will age but I'm hoping they don't become bright red.  Some of the photo's make the worn in shoes appear fire engine red but I'm really feeling this deep burgundy-ish hue.  Regardless, I'm sure they will be sweet in whatever shade.   

post #7922 of 10543
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Originally Posted by SomeJerk View Post

I'll definitely take a look at those guys. I think the reason I like Gustin is not just the lower price but also that they do some more unusual jeans at that price. I'm probably not as far into raw denim as some but I've never even seen anything like those jeans the grey silk they just ran. I've only seen maybe one other company do a similar shade of blue to the Italy sea blues I'm currently waiting to see if it gets funded, and those certainly weren't $99. I've already got one pair of dark indigo, and another on the way, so I'd really like something different. Although I'm a little iffy on how versatile I think they could be, and I do like the idea of something with a bit more fade potential, I really like that color.

Gustin's strengths are that they can source pretty cool denim at great prices. My Japan One Sevens and Blue 17's are decent for 17oz jeans and I paid under $100 for each. It's when they start hovering around $125-145 that it's almost better to go with a different brand since prices are similar. N&F is pretty common and can be found at Nordstrom's if i'm not mistaken, and they can be found pretty cheap if you look. N&F sources their fabric from Japan as well. check out Blue Owl Workshop. their measurements are fairly accurate and they're very helpful with sizing if you're unsure. Not trying to persuade you to look elsewhere. If G's denim falls within your comfort zone then go for it.
post #7923 of 10543
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Originally Posted by exophobe View Post



If they label them like the pants, I sure haven't been able to find the label. Best bet is to take a detailed picture (note whether it's selvedge or not) and post it here. You could also send Gustin an email on the chance that they documented what was what, but I wouldn't count on them necessarily having an answer.

Thanks, I can't even decide what color it is! I thought blue, but then it looked more like the black linen chambray. Then it looked more blue again... Oh well. Would be nice if they sent an identifying tag or something so you knew what it was. Would help with future purchases if I knew the fabric details...
post #7924 of 10543
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Originally Posted by duff406 View Post


Thanks, I can't even decide what color it is! I thought blue, but then it looked more like the black linen chambray. Then it looked more blue again... Oh well. Would be nice if they sent an identifying tag or something so you knew what it was. Would help with future purchases if I knew the fabric details...

It seems like a few people have received the crosshatch chambray (linked below), but it doesn't sound like you did. Based on what you're saying, it sounds like you've got one of the indigo chambray variants.

https://www.weargustin.com/store/978

post #7925 of 10543
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Originally Posted by exophobe View Post

It seems like a few people have received the crosshatch chambray (linked below), but it doesn't sound like you did. Based on what you're saying, it sounds like you've got one of the indigo chambray variants.

https://www.weargustin.com/store/978

Thanks for the input, I'll get around to taking a picture one day soon. I'm really leaning towards it being the Japanese Coal Chambray (#138), but it could be the Classic Chambray. It's got the streaky appearance of the Coal though. And man, is it soft, almost t-shirt soft!
post #7926 of 10543

I received my Gustin SELVEDGE SUPER HEAVY HIGH TOPs.

 

Photos attached.  I choose to wear only white socks for the photos so my pants would not cover the shoes and my very white legs would not cause anyone to become overly excited.  :)

 

My observations:

- They appear darker blue than the original posted item.  Probably just the lighting in my house.

- Exterior construction quality looks very good.  Couldn't find any visible flaws.  All the materials and workmanship look top notch

- Gustin laces from outside to inside instead of inside to outside.  I find it very hard to adjust the laces and had to remove them and reinstall.  And this doesn't look any different, ie its not a method to achieve straight-across lacing appearance because they are still crossed.  So I don't understand why they do this.

- These shoes are long, 0.5 to 1 full size too long for me.  This may cause me to return them.  They are a 10 (43) which is the size I normally wear.  On a standard brannock device I measure 10.5 on left foot and 10.0 on right foot.  If Gustin made half sizes I would definitely size down a half size because I can fit 1.5 fingers behind my heal if I slide my foot forward until it touches (when unlaced).  A full size down might be too small so I doubt a 9 would work.  I conclude that the sizing is off standard based on my overloaded closet filled with size 10 shoes that fit well.

- They are also wide, especially around the heal.  The midfoot/arch feels normal ie D width, which is a bit wide for my foot.  But the heal area is significantly wider than my foot and I don't usually feel this much room there.  Its definitely not ideal but maybe it would be okay when laced snugly up and as the fabric softens and conforms to my foot.

- The tongue wrinkles in a strange way due to the denim being stiff.  Maybe this will go away as they are broken in and the fabric gets more soft.

- FATAL DEFECT . . . I wore them while watching TV for a few minutes and was trying to figure out why the bottom of my right foot felt uncomfortable, almost as if my sock was wrinkled or something was stuck in my shoe.  I took it off and felt inside the shoe and there was a bump on the bottom.  I removed the Gustin footbed and there is a large hard wrinkle permanently present on the inside bottom of the shoe.  Its bad and unwearable because of this manufacturing defect.  I also felt something similar but in a less painful location on the left foot, took that shoe off, removed the footbed, and it also had a hard wrinkled bump on the bottom.  This is a fatal manufacturing defect affecting both my left and right shoe.  I don't think it would go away nor can it be repaired.  I highly recommend everyone check their new Gustin shoes for this problem by removing the footbed and feeling the bottom inside.  It should be smooth and level with no wrinkles or bumps.

 

I'll report this defect to Gustin immediately and return these.  Bummer.

 

 

 

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After trying on the new Gustin SELVEDGE SUPER HEAVY HIGH TOPs and finding the problem with bumps on the inside bottom, I opened up my Gustin White Low Tops to more carefully inspect and try on.  Photos attached.  Once again I wore white socks to hide my legs and no pants so you could see the entire shoe. [yes, its true, this man is posting photos of himself online while not wearing any pants]

 

Observations:

- I like the style and appearance of these shoes.

- Fit is better than the SELVEDGE SUPER HEAVY HIGH TOP, ie closer to a true size 10 and my other shoes.  I'd call it a true to size 10D.  I definitely would not fit in a 9 in these and 9.5 (if it existed) would likely also be too small.  From a size perspective, these would be a keeper.

- External build quality and materials appear good.

- Really tough to see in the photos but some pieces of the leather form fine wrinkles along the surface that are not ideal.  Other pieces seem to not form these wrinkles.  Maybe variation in the hide or tanning process?  Probably not a big deal.  I guess the question is if it will get worse and the wrinkles form more permanent marks over time.

- I also felt some bumps inside on the bottom when trying these on.  Again I pulled out the footbed and inspected the shoe bottom.  And sadly, again I found bumps and ridges.  I took a photo down into the shoe of one large ridge going across the shoe in the short direction right under the ball area where most weight is carried.  Look closely and I think you will see it.

- Also, every shoe bottom has a kinda nasty brown stain, likely due to adhesive soaking through?  This wouldn't hurt anything but its not ideal.  My nice shoes are nice and clean inside including under the footbed.

 

I don't think I can keep these either due to the ridge under the ball of my foot.  I think that will cause discomfort when standing and walking all day in them.

 

My opinion is that the purpose of a footbed is NOT to cover over bumps, dips, and ridges in the shoe inside bottom.  The shoe inside bottom should be nicely smooth.  Even if a footbed manages to hide a flaw in the shoe bottom when new, the footbed will quickly breakdown in the area over the bump at which time it will once again poke through.  Looking at the bottom of the footbeds for my Gustins, I can already see compressed indentations in the places that were over the bumps, even after only standing in them for a few minutes.

 

Very curious if other people have similar bumps in the bottoms of their new Gustin shoes.  And maybe you could also check your similar shoes from the other leading brands and post photos of the inside with the footbed removed to compare quality?  I don't own any other sneakers but I have many boots, oxfords, etc. and they don't have this issue.

 

 

 

 

 

post #7928 of 10543
What the?

Just got the email for oxblood2 30 minutes ago and the link says it's closed. Is that an error, or did it really just sell out in 30 minutes?
post #7929 of 10543
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

What the?

Just got the email for oxblood2 30 minutes ago and the link says it's closed. Is that an error, or did it really just sell out in 30 minutes?

sold out in less than 30 minutes.

post #7930 of 10543
If anyone missed out on the Ox2s, I'm selling mine in 33 Slim for $100 shipped CONUS. https://*****************/listings/345047-gustin-oxblood2
post #7931 of 10543

Pretty ridiculous (and lazy, lame, tone-deaf) for Gustin to be offering a single-pocket, button down collar, 9-oz. chambray. Yeah, people will buy it, but it doesn't mean they should or that the product is any good. It's an embarrassing choice, in my opinion.

 

THIS is how you make a heavy chambray.

post #7932 of 10543
Yes sir thank god I finally got a chance to back my oxblood 2 that bad boy sold out in 30 min or less lol
post #7933 of 10543
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Originally Posted by whiskeyriver View Post

Pretty ridiculous (and lazy, lame, tone-deaf) for Gustin to be offering a single-pocket, button down collar, 9-oz. chambray. Yeah, people will buy it, but it doesn't mean they should or that the product is any good. It's an embarrassing choice, in my opinion.

THIS is how you make a heavy chambray.
I actually like it and am considering backing.
post #7934 of 10543
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post

I actually like it and am considering backing.
Me too backing it not sure if it's bad or not looks good to me & the one you posted is double the price.
post #7935 of 10543
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Originally Posted by TtownMD View Post


Me too backing it not sure if it's bad or not looks good to me & the one you posted is double the price.

 

Its true that the Iron Heart example is double the price, but we shouldn't count the price difference twice when evaluating overall value.  The lower price of Gustin compared to competitors offsets the downsides of pre-ordering/pre-paying for the item 3 months before receipt, not being able to try the item on before purchase, not being able to touch and feel the fabric and colors, returns for store credit only, paying for shipping potentially both ways, waiting months for desired items to appear and then rushing to back before they sell out (hello oxbloods from this AM), etc.  There are clear downsides to buying from Gustin that are offset by them offering a low price for high/equivalent quality items.  Their marketing is consistent with this idea, ie they say on each posted item "vs typical $xxx prices for similar item from competitors".  Gustin must keep these relative comparisons credible by not falling behind in quality compared to those items they are using as price comparisons.  I think they need to be priced at 50% to max 66% of a credible comparison item to offset their downsides.  Anyone want to buy via the Gustin model for a 10% discount off a similar item on a store shelf?  No thanks.

 

So we shouldn't also accept lower quality products from a material, construction, style, etc. perspective and attribute that acceptance to the price being 50%.  Gustin has got to be top notch quality for them to maintain a positive overall value proposition.

 

(note that I'm not saying anything specific about this particular item or its value and style.  This is a general comment about not making quality compromises due to the Gustin price.  Only buy Gustin items that meet your quality standards if you were paying the typical higher retail price because you are effectively paying the price delta in other ways.)

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