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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. azumi

    azumi Senior member

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    I don't have any G&G shoes until today when I have two pair of boots, named Burnham and Arran. They look very beautiful as I expected, but the shoe trees included with the Burnham makes me confused. I cannot pull the trees out of the Burnham (I received my shoes with trees put in). It seems to tight that I cannot pull it out, but I believe the trees size is correspond to the shoes size. For the Arran, it is OK and I can pull the trees out of the boots quite easily as I can do with other shoes like EG, C&J or Carmina.

    Could you give me some advice?

    Thanks.
     
  2. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    try bending the hinge of the tree and then sliding it up and out on an angle.


    this sounds so dirty.
     
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  3. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    I shined up my Decos today. :D
     
  4. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Senior member

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    I really like the shape and the line ... really ... great choice ... congratulations.
     
  5. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    it seems the arran just always look beautiful.
     
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  6. Itsuo

    Itsuo Senior member

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    I'm noticing a pretty significant creaking noise coming from what I believe to be the left heel (activated when weight is transferred from the heel to the forefoot). It's only my second ware but they've probably already got 10mi on them.

    The other threads on this site seem to indicate little can be done if it's not coming from the inside of the shoe.

    I'm happy to keep wearing them to see if it goes away but if I'm going to consider something extreme (like a new heel) continued wear might make them more uneven...

    Any thoughts? I work in a relatively quiet office so its persistence would be a bit of an issue.
     
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  7. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I have had similar issues with heel counters myself. I could reproduce the noise simply by squeezing the sides of the heel gently. If you have ruled out simple tongue friction noise, I would have GG take a look at them. That's what I did...
     
  8. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    Those arrans are nice!
     
  9. laufer

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    Guys,

    Vintage Cherry used to be much lighter in color. Nick from Bespoke England confirmed this when I talked to him a couple of years ago. In fact if you go to his website you will see two St. James II models in Vintage Cherry, one noticeably lighter than the other. I think this is the picture of the old model when Vintage Cherry was much lighter in color.
     
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  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Creaking generally is the result of leather rubbing on leather.

    OK, so everyone knows that. But why does one shoe creak and another does not? Good shoes are on layer. In the heel area, you have the lining, the heel stiffener and the counter. These layers are supposed to be bonded together...traditionally with pastes. Too little paste and you'll get creaking.

    But not using a shoe horn or a shoe that is too loose, encouraging the foot to walk out of the shoe, or just simple abuse such as using the toe of the shoe to kick off the other shoe can all cause a breakdown of the bond. Once that bond is broken it is difficult to see how the creaking can be stopped...although there are wonky fixes that sometimes work and sometimes don't.

    Often as the shoe breaks in, the leather will stop moving around so much and the creaking will stop.
     
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  11. PCK1

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    They definitely improved vintage cherry with the darkening.
     
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  12. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    My experience has been that as they break in they stop creaking.
     
  13. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    Here are some more detailed pics of the Arran I brought home today.
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  14. budapest12

    budapest12 Senior member

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    ^ Congratulations on those beauties. I have never been a big fan of chukka style boots but I would love a pair of those. They are a very easy exception to the rule for me, being very sleek and elegant (rather than blobby and super casual).
     
  15. PCK1

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    x-post from rock your socks
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  16. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    Picked these up from Paul Stuart.

    The box said vintage burgundy...its a paul stuart box...

    Thinks its G&G's vintage burgundy or is it rioja? I've only encountered rioja once up close and personal
     
  17. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    The lack of a picture isn't helping your case.

    I haven't seen Rioja at PS. I have Hayes Rioja from Leffot.
     
  18. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    Pic is on the previous page...but here it is again:

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  19. archetypal_yuppie

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    Oh sorry, didn't realize. Could be Rioja, but like usual tough to tell with digital pictures and uncertain light conditions. My precise judgement is that it doesn't look like Rioja (yours are less purple), but it could be due to lighting and is within the range of error. Ergo ipso facto de minimus epluribus unum, idunno.
     
  20. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Senior member

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    I really like the final lacing ...
     

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