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

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

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    it's already incorrectly. the rubber tail is holding up well, normally. imo, it's better to replace them from time to time, than doing this cheap crap. it's not only crap, it destroys the balance of your gait. i don't think that it is worth that.

    here's an example of a harder rubber tail done correctly.

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    that's what i do, full bespoke from Maftei/Vienna:

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    Master Kiss including boulevard toe plates:

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    do you need more help, bro?
     
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    Gdot Senior member

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    This is just the least elegant and most temporary way to protect a heel. A recess metal plate is permanent and much less intrusive. As is a recessed plate at the toe.

    No permanent harm done with the heel protector you've added but you could certainly do better.
     
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    heel tap aside, the shoes do look great. its nice to get pics in here again. enjoy.
     
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    Before I had them installed, I remember asking about sole/heel protection in the shoe care thread and it ended up as a Topy hate thing. That was presented to me as a solution to my heavy heel wear issue. I should find out more about those toe/heel plates as I'm not overly fond of them and I've never read too much on those metal plates other than people getting them installed on MTOs.
     
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    Yorkville in NYC? Curious as to which store you were in. Agree with Fritzl and Gdot with aesthetics aside, the biomechanics/balance of footstrike will be thrown off. A cobbler once misunderstood and installed them on some shoes but within that day I took the heel taps off because I did not like the effect. Personally changing the rubber heel is a minor job and and cost is minimal.
     
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    You can have flushed metal toe (not certain about heels since I have not had them done) taps installed after market via competent cobblers (e.g., VIP Shoes/B. Nelson in Midtown) easily. Regarding "heavy" heel wear, I may be wrong but this might just be normal wear. If you walk in your shoes, you wear out the soles, with the heels being the first to wear out because of the foot strike. I walk a few miles each day and eventually I wear out the soles which I then have resoled. The circle of shoe life. :D
     
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    Yorkville is the 5th Ave/ Beverly Hills retail area of Toronto. Most of the usual suspects are there, but section seems poor compared to other very large cities. The shoe repair guy was suggested to me by a couple of shoe SAs in the neighborhood. I saw shoes and bags from high end stores for repairs so I took him as competent. I only want to save the heel as much as possible so it wears evenly with the rest of the sole. I detest those buggers, but have been unable to find a better solution so far. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    To paraphrase Dr. McCoy from Star Trek "dammit Jim, I'm a clothes whore, not a cobbler!"
     
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    Others may give their opinions but from my experience, the heel (specifically the dorsolateral section) will wear out faster than the rest of the sole basically due what I mentioned above; it is the way we talk. Unless you have the heel section replaced with metal, the wear is bound to happen. It's like creasing on the vamp, part of the natural process of shoe wear.

    Thanks for clarifying Yorkville since there is a section in NYC that is called by the same name.
     
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    We're opening up another one in Stockholm this fall (October) called Skoaktiebolaget. The one in Stockholm you mention (Allde) is a men's boutique but they actually have an impressive range of G&G. But now we're opening up an actual shoe store with G&G, EG and Carmina.
     
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    wow, and you do not even let nick v. touch your shoes, har har.
     
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    This is great, fantastic 3 brands
     
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    im not sayin its what i would do. :)
     
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    Will come in and check it out! Thinking about getting my bespoke suit from Allde as I heard it's one of the best in Sweden?
     
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    I don´t know if Allde does bespoke but they have a very good MTM service. The only company that does true bespoke in Sweden (that i know of) is A.W. Bauer & Co and they are the real deal.
     
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