Are you sure this is not some retrospective historical method you are trying to use?
I am pretty sure you were dead serious about wearing the flannel in the summer.
Quality and price are not the same thing though. Having a bespoke suit doesn't mean that anything other than bespoke shoes will look out of place.
It's a case by case thing for fits. Clags most recent fit had meermins and I thought they looked great. Saying that G&G's would elevate the fit, while potentially true, just sounds bizarre.
It was to you but more so to the conversation going on. I definitely understand that some shoes/lasts 'let down' a fit and this has been said for some of the fits I've posted with AE's. In many cases though, it's picking a non existent nit.
I feel like it's a new development on the forum tbh. Not that the last isn't a good fit, but as people have been able to identify shoes and what the wearer spends on the rest of the wardrobe, it's like "oh those are only Loakes/Meermins, would be better with GG's".
Just my jetlagged $0.02