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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. Sir F

    Sir F Senior member

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    I figured that. I just want to throw away my C&J shoes after touching the G&G. But what other brands are in the same class as G&G and quality wise or even better if there is. Or it's going bespoke?
     
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  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member

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    I have Carmina and G&G shoes. I love them both. The G&Gs are definitely a higher level of quality...it's hard for me to explain exactly why, not being a shoe expert, but you can tell the difference in handling the shoes. But that said, Carminas are gorgeous shoes. They feel and look great. The G&Gs just have an additional level of artistry and poetry in them.
     
  3. Gdot

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    Beyond G&G your choices become pretty limited:

    Ready to wear you can look at Edward Green, and John Lobb amongst the major English makers.

    Vass are totally handmade (G&G is not)

    St. Crispen's are excellent.

    Corthay, Berluti and JM Weston from France.

    Top of the line Sutor Mantellasi from Italy.

    Each have their own aesthetic.

    Help me out guys.......who else can compare to G&G in terms of RTW.
     
  4. Sir F

    Sir F Senior member

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    That's a good list right there. But I have never seen a pair of Vass in my life only on the internet, they look darn nice. Maybe will get me one of those aswell.
     
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  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member

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    Anthony Delos.
     
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  6. Sir F

    Sir F Senior member

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    But Gdot you wrote G&G are not totally handmade, aren't they [​IMG]?
     
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  7. Gdot

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    They are machine welted (Goodyear). As are the vast majority of the RTW brands mentioned above.

    I believe the uppers are machine stitched - but I'm not certain. (Human hands guide both of these processes).

    Truly handmade shoes are hand welted and hand stitched.

    But we are getting into territory in which my knowledge is limited so I'm going to bow out.

    Do not worry - your G&Gs are the top of line quality for what they are - your money has been very well spent.
     
  8. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    I was checking some Salvatore Ferragamo Tramezza in NYC a couple of weeks ago that looked great but they were too expensive ($1,900 & up)
     
  9. Frank the sheep

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    I have 3 pair of Carmina and i think they are very good value compared to others in that price range. Then i like them because they offer a wide range of shoes and many models that you don´t see from makers like C&J. I don´t own a shell shoe yet but when i buy my first, it will be from Carmina.
     
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    your statement makes me curious, as i don't have access to g&g to check them out, if they are for me...
     
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    Lattanzi RTW is supposedly made to bespoke standards. The RTW is more expensive than GG. Kiton is also quite expensive but I don't like the design.
     
  12. fritzl

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    the RTW/MTM lines of materna, balint, maftei, petkov and several other viennese makers for instance are pretty remarkable, if i may say.
     
  13. Sir F

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    I see, thanks for your help. Will wear them for the first time tomorrow and see how they feel :) A new world for me!
     
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    They aren't, trust me.
     
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    oh hai guise. does anyone have my G&Gs, i cant seem to get my hands on them. :(
     
  16. fritzl

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    absolutely. thanks for the time saver.

    what's about stitch? no offense.
     
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    epic collection, sir
     
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  18. Sir F

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    Guys i'm walking around in the office in my new G&G, all I can say oh-my-god.. it's pure sex. They are incredibly comfortable can't even describe it, feels like training shoes.

    I'm so in love I think I will donate my other shoes, will never use them anymore..
     
  19. Gdot

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    I am green with envy.

    :alien:

    That's a fine collection, sir.
     
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    +1! Great collection, what's with the picnic blanket though?
     

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