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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. Chowkin

    Chowkin Senior member

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    I never understand why anybody would want to buy non G&G trees for their G&G shoes. They are the best looking and fitting lasted RTW shoe trees I have come across. Surely G&G carries them in your size?
     
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  2. MoosicPa

    MoosicPa Senior member

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    They are Allen Edmonds.
     
  3. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    They are good trees, I use to use them for everything. I am favoring the split toe generics now, they have some versatility in filling vamp space.
     
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    G&G shoe trees cost 6 times more than non G&G shoe trees?
     
  5. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    More like x10 in some instances ;)
     
  6. Chowkin

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    Yes, they are quite expensive , I must admit. But so are G&G shoes.
     
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    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I foresee the age old debate of the quantitative benefits of lasted trees vs non-lasted in this thread's future... :lurk:
     
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    There might not be quantitative benefits but it is always nice having a pair of matching shoe trees with the shoe maker. Also they look like pieces of art (much better than EG or JL shoe trees in my opinion), so that's part of the premium as well. :slayer:
     
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    Ow, I love my GG trees, they are stunning. I do enjoy the aesthetics, but honestly, I am looking to pic up some EGs and plan to get regular trees for those... :embar:
     
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    I totally agree with you. EG shoe trees are nowhere near G&G's in terms of aesthetics. In addition, the ones I have are for D/E fittings, so not as good as G&G who offer specific trees for each width.
     
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    Yup, the pair of EG trees I recently handled were a little generic, and no indication of width at all. Generics will do just fine for me I think...
     
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    The EG shoe trees I bought came in a box labelled size 5 D/E. Given my small size it's very difficult to find generic trees. The Armoury doss sell its own branded ones in size 5 at US$50 but the difference is not that big, so I opted for EG trees
     
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    Thanks. I will look into A&E trees.

    I opt for lasted trees, however, I have purchased G&G shoes from dealers and members that did not offer sized G&G trees. I wondered if there is a better option than waiting weeks for a lasted pair to come in while using poorly fitting generic trees. Maybe it is time for a group buy on a 3D printer?

    That said, are lasted trees just cossetting shoes? It seems to me that shapely lasts and toe boxes warrant them, but I am willing to hear wisdom that says otherwise.
     
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    G&G shoe trees are more form than function anyway. The varnishing really inhibits any moisture absorption.
     
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    Usually I do my best to avoid shü trees from makers themselves. Few RTW pairs have shapes that really need special support and most branded trees have high markups. G&G is one of the few exceptions, all of their lasts are just about the most contoured available and all need proper trees to keep those lovely curves.
     
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    I basically only use generic trees (only good quality cedar trees that have a solid heel piece and split vamp piece though) and they work just fine. The most important thing is to choose the right size that will fit best for each specific last. After all, there is quite a difference between C&J 325 and DG70.
     
  17. luk-cha

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    this comment makes no sense, i doubt any tree coated or not will help with this, why would you want to retain the moisture absorbed in the tree in the shoe, if you want to let the air you best to leave the tree out for a short time before you insert it back in.

    from all the shoe makers i have ever spoken too, the general purpose of the tree it to retain the shape and preserve the leather from excess creasing - does nothing for absorbing moisture coated or not - AFAIK this is a myth
     
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    Those shoemakers have much to learn from styleforum common wisdom.
     
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    +1. This whole talk about moist absorption is really exaggerated. If the trees absorb any moisture at all, then it will surely be very very little so.

    Trees are first an foremost to keep the uppers from excess creasing and to stretch out the sole to prevent it from bending upwards (like clown shoes).
     
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    Any thoughts on the Skoak_ShoeTrees for G&G shoes? I remember someone mentioning G&G Boot Trees being available for Bespoke customers only?
     

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