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G & G Finishing Imperfections: Acceptable?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Pink, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Mr. Pink

    Mr. Pink Senior member

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    Just received my new G & G Cambridge. At first, I was thrilled but then began to notice a number of finishing imperfections at the welt on both shoes. Normally, I would ignore these sort of minor defects, and I'm loathe to return the shoes after waiting 5 months, but I had expected better of G & G. What would you do?

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  2. Matis

    Matis Member

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    If you are not happy with them, return them for a refund.
     
  3. Xenon

    Xenon Senior member

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    This seems very tiny flaws that are only due to a bit of edge dressing on the upper and or lack of polish. I strongly believe this sort of thing would likely disappear upon first application of shoe polish or other leather nourishment.
     
  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    The darker spots don't phase me but the lighter spots look pretty bad. Call them up...show pics...see what they say
     
  5. LS7

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    I don't see much wrong in those pics you've posted. You'll get scuffs at the edge of the shoe just through normal wear anyway, so a bit of minor discolouration wouldn't worry me. Wear them well and enjoy I say!
     
  6. forex

    forex Senior member

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    I think that they are passable,I would let them know and send them the pictures and take it into account for future orders,maybe they can knock off the price for future orders or maybe even for this one.
     
  7. shoefan

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    First, you are the customer, so you have to decide what is/is not acceptable to you.

    However, I don't thing the lighter spots should be a concern. G&G (as well as E Green) use crust leather for their uppers; this leather is a light brown until it is finished with creams/polish after the shoes are made. As you can imagine, getting these coloring agents between the welt and the upper is difficult, so some of these areas may be missed. Furthermore, when your foot is in the shoe, the upper will tend to compress a bit around the perimeter, pushing the upper closer to the welt, so these areas will likely not be visible, even from ground level, nevermind eye level.

    The one darker spot is probably some of the edge ink; it shouldn't be there, and is a bit more of an issue to my eye, but ultimately it is purely cosmetic and would not be noticed by the overwhelming majority of observers. It might actually come off when you polish the shoes, and, finally, it appears to be on the inside/medial portion of the shoe, which is less visible than the outside half and thus is a pretty minor cosmetic issue.
     
  8. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    I'm sorry, at $1,000 "difficulty in coloring the leather near the welt" should be dealt with.
     
  9. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    You don't like it, the antiquing?
     
  10. JamesX

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    The finish seems a bit off. Mine are not like this. contact your vendor and see what they say about it.

    G&G do have flaws however, mainly in the sole department, but my uppers have always been great.
     
  11. mainy

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    I find it weird that people will pay a premium for things made by hand, and then complain when the handmade items have the types of inconsistencies and imperfections that are.... generally found on things made by hand
     
  12. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I find it weird that people will pay a premium for things made by hand, and then complain when the handmade items have the types of inconsistencies and imperfections that are.... generally found on things made by hand

    I generally enjoy the inconsistencies on this sort of thing, but loss of color is not something I would play around with.
     
  13. cdmoore1855

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    Stick some polish on that area and see if it can be improved, otherswise I would ignore it, no one will ever see it
     
  14. T4phage

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    if that is just edge dressing
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    then no biggie rly
    but if it is a cut
    maybe while grinding the heel down
    then not so good
     
  15. aj_del

    aj_del Senior member

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    If these imperfections would have been on an AE, reactions would have been far different
     
  16. apropos

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    Well, TBH that's what you get when you buy pre-antiqued shoes instead of patinating your shoes with time/wear.
     
  17. meister

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    If these imperfections would have been on an AE, reactions would have been far different

    So true. The imperfections are what you would consider unacceptable for G&G. Not to much AE.
     
  18. index1489

    index1489 Well-Known Member

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    yea well AE's dont cost as much.
     
  19. lasbar

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    Stick some polish on that area and see if it can be improved, otherswise I would ignore it, no one will ever see it

    Better not to do anything at all and contact them first if you're not satisfied with the shos..
     
  20. 888style

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    +1 on contacting them.

    And the customer is always right, so if you're not happy with the product received express those concerns. More people like you and they hopefully get their act together.
     

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