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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. Xenon

    Xenon Senior member

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    Holy Fawk!!! These are the nicest shiniest stingrays so far. This is grail and I would sell my mother in law for these. Any takers?
     


  2. Nick A

    Nick A Affiliate Vendor

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    Cooper in polished Grey Stingray

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  3. Northampton Novice

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    The good things about English Pigskin IMO: It has a very aesthetically appealing texture and sheen. The natural grain adds an understated elegance & interest to most shoe models in the G&G range. It produces a strong, robust shoe.

    The not so good things about English Pigskin IMO: It is a firm leather, with a cardboard like feel. Which I intensely disliked & it did not seem to lessen with wear. Initially it 'creased' similarly to Shell Cordovan, but unlike Cordovan which is dense with low porosity, Pigskin is very porous & this created challenges when applying products or wearing in wet weather. Whilst the leather did not degrade in any way (it's very tough) it did appear to lose it's natural lustre - the shoes just didn't appear to be ageing very well, so hence we parted company.

    There were no flaws in my shoes and they were well looked after, it's just the characteristic way English Pigskin feels and ages. It's great on Smythson diaries and other leather goods but I don't like it on shoes.
     


  4. cbbuff

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    Deets/Photos or GTFO.
     


  5. GradSchooler

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    It breaks my heart that I can't get these exact shoes in my size... :(
     


  6. Gdot

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    All it takes is time and money.......they can be had.........
     


  7. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    +1
     


  8. GradSchooler

    GradSchooler Senior member

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    Tragically, no. G&G won't make stingrays in any size over 9. I'm an 11... Stupid feet.
     


  9. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cut off your toes.
     


  10. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    The ancient art of foot binding seems appropriate.

    It's pretty simple. Have someone hammer your foot until the bones in the toes break, bend your toes under and bind tightly. I think the agonizing pain part only lasts a few years. Although you would be faced with a lifetime of 'mincing' around with delicate little steps - decidedly not manly.

    Seems a small price to pay - but perhaps you'll think otherwise......:D
     


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    I'm fascinated by your ideas. Do you have any literature I might read or a magazine I could subscribe to?
     


  12. poorsod

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    Even bespoke?
     


  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I ran into this same problem and came up with an attempted solution...will be able to report soon on success level of said solution.
     


  14. musicguy

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    YES!
     


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    you can always ask mr. petkov or mr. maftei in vienna. great guys and very helpful. among the best in the world, imo.

    give it a try.
     
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