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Gaziano & Girling Appreciation & Shoe Appreciation Thread (including reviews, purchases, pictures, e

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. laufer

    laufer Well-Known Member

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    My buddy bespoken(that Zug Galway really fostered brotherhood among men) was indeed being sarcastic. Most of us here find this discussion of GYW vs hand-welted absurd so we like to joke every time the topic becomes popular again.
     
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  2. Leaves

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    About time we had a decent flame war?! :nest:
     
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  3. SoGent

    SoGent Well-Known Member

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    Great looking boot. If I didn't have a St C in the same style & color I would be all over that one
     
  4. PCK1

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    Pearl grey is a bit purplish in outdoor lighting...
     
  5. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    But we've had so many flame wars about gemming! - Let's find a different topic: what about a flame war on gay marriage?
     
  6. PCK1

    PCK1 Well-Known Member

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    gemming rules!

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  7. The Shoe Snob

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    Thanks for clarifying Laufer. That makes sense and had a hunch that it might have been sarcastic but could not be sure.

    Yes, the debate is so absurdly ridiculous, especially how many people have been brainwashed into believing the idea that only handwelting should exist in the marketplace. What a joke.
     
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  8. rydenfan

    rydenfan Well-Known Member

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    Me want a cookie
     
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  9. bespoken pa

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    +1000

    I do believe hand welted is best however that does not mean GYW isn't amazing as well. I often debate dfw about this topic. I just do not believe it matters enough (gemming) to discourage me from continuing to purchase my goods from North Hampton.

    My previous post was in gest as Mr.Laufer suggested. Please keep going with the blog it helped guide me down the path of fine men's dress shoes.
     
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  10. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Well-Known Member

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    Well from Sweden via north Hampton TBH.
     
  11. yanagi

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    My take is that I plan to buy only hand welted shoes after the gemming in my GYW shoes slips. Maybe that will happen tomorrow. Maybe that will happen 15 years from now. Who knows [​IMG]
     
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  12. rallyx

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    Most here have enough pairs on rotation to make sure this wouldn't happen in their lifetime.
     
  13. dddrees

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    Just don't tell my wife, because this is another reason I use to justify buying more shoes. LOL
     
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    +1 quoted and bolded for truth!
     
  15. rallyx

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    Justin, having read other threads on shoemaking, I don't believe the intention is to justify only handwelting. I think the argument is that handwelting or even Goodyear welting using a carved channel to the insole as the feather for stitching the welt make for a stronger connection between the insole and the welt compared to Goodyear welting using a canvass feather glued to the insole.

    I suppose it is an education process for me to learn the different methods of construction and isn't that what SF is all about, to share and gain information which influence the choice of shoes. Each construction method has a place in the vast market of mens shoes.
     
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    Yea I know what you mean but the st James is like the Galway boot for me on the shoe side. It is so versatile like the Galway depending in the last and leather that you use. It is amazing as a two tone as well.

    This will be such a tough one to decide between! I want both but having the kudu Thorpe on order makes me really ink about it. Plus should I really use up so much kudu for my size that could be used for others? I want the SF members to at least have a chance because we probably will use it all up between the few GMTOs
     
  17. SoGent

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    thank you
     
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    And once again we get into this about gumming in GYW vs hand welted. Yes hand welted is technically superior but with the amount if shoes that most of is have and how we take care of them, we probably will never have gumming failure. Plus if it happens the higher end makers will fully recraft them and replace that part if possible.

    We love what we love and that shouldn't be the only difference. I have shoes that are hand welted bit still not as well made overall as some GYW shoes. I also have shoes that are superior but that difference in quality comes with a price.
     
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    I can see this being a harder decision since you already have a Kudu on order.

    For me it was a no brainier, in fact the more I think about the more this makeup works for me. I've always thought about getting the St James previously, but this is the first makeup I didn't have to think about it,. I just knew I had to get it. When you run across those that move you,then jump in with both feet. LOL
     
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    I know what you mean but it is tough for me not only that I have a kudu on order but that the st James is my all time favorite style for a shoe outside of some bespoke models.
     

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