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

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  1. DLKY

    DLKY Senior member

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    Great shoes and polish! My latest G&G mto (ordered in Sept last year) just shipped, really looking forward to them!
     
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    Nice!

    Oxford in GG06, Vintage Rioja?
     
  3. Nick A

    Nick A Affiliate Vendor

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    The first pair of Uppingham's made on the DG70 arrived today. MTO for a customer. Great choices :worship: I wish these were for me.



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  4. Frank the sheep

    Frank the sheep Senior member

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    This is not my cup of tea style wise but i must say that that last really suits that model. Good proportions, since it´s only two holes for laces it can look quite weird on the "wrong" last. Really nice color, is it Vintage Rioja or maybe Vintage Oak?
     
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    ^ I like the color and that is all I like
     
  6. badsha

    badsha Senior member

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    G&G St. James II - Vintage Roja

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    The insole stains/spots, are these normal? Others with similar spots?

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    Looks like glue.

    I wouldn't expect that in a £700+ pair of shoes
     
  8. SpooPoker

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

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    Yeah damn. That should not have passed control. Although in the grander scope of things, if you don't feel it when you walk... its inconsequential after one wear.
     
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    +1 to what spoo said. If it doesn't bother you, I would just roll with it. The insole is going to look worn down after a few days of wear anywho.
     
  10. badsha

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    Just kinda annoyed. There was some other ish that happened, this just pushed me over. I mean at this price point I would expect more attention to detail like others said. I ordered MTO shoes from AS, no such issues.
     
  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Feel the insole with the tip of your finger. If it is cement or glue the surface will feel different--tacky/rubber-y if it is cement; hard/glazed if it is glue.

    I have never seen such a thing before but I am going to take a wild guess and suggest that it is a combination of a new source of insole leather and perhaps an attempt to "erase" iron stains left over from tacking the insole to the bottom of the last. Iron tacks leave black stains as they react with the tannins in the leather.

    Some makers may use oxalic acid (a mild acid derived from rhubarb) to remove these stains; others may use citric acid (never worked for me). But the acid itself will react to the various tannins somewhat, often turning the leather a reddish colour expecially if baking soda or some such base is subsequently used to neutralize the acid.

    If there is a residue of glue or cement, by all means complain.. If the leather feels uniform under your figertip, I wouldn't worry about it. The insole itself will take on many such stains and colourations simply by virtue of perspiration and heat emmanating from the plantar surface of the foot.After about ten-20 wears the insole won't be that awful pink colour but a patina-d brown.
     
  12. badsha

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    DWFII thank you sir. I will check and report back. Feels smooth i suppose. Its hard for me to tell if its glue glaze.

    Update: They are water stains on the insoles
     
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    This and this^
     
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    Looks like stains from conditioner or something. The first thing that I do when I get new shoes is lexol the inside so it would darken it anyway.
     
  15. luk-cha

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    no wonder they squeek!
     

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