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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. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    You are both right and wrong, AFAIK. To let shoes dry fast just air does it best, or with some paper stuck in. But since you want to retain the shoes shape and flatten the sole out, you need shoe trees. If you have plastic or coated (G&G trees are not coated BTW, they are stained, same function as non treated wood trees) the leather is not allowed to breath at all, and all moisture needs to go out through the upper side. Takes more time to dry, and isn't good for the lining leather (imagine covering the outside of the shoe with thin plastic sheeting after every use, and just let it dry through the inside of the shoe and for long period of times have plastic tightly to the leather pores). Wood lets the leather breath which is the main benefit, and then it do absorb some moisture too, but not that much though.



    They work great, shape is more or less Mh71 copy.
     
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  2. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I'm glad for all the action on this thread, keep it coming gents :lurk:
     
  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Creases develop in shoes under the influence of heat and moisture--the foot is constantly infusing moisture into the leather.

    Reversing or mitigating that creasing is best...and perhaps only...accomplished when the leather is still slightly warm and slightly (emphasis on the slightly) moist.

    To "set" the leather in a "new" configuration...as with lasting...the leather needs to be slightly moist and allowed to thoroughly dry while in that configuration.

    IMO...

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  5. stevent

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    Yeah the trees have a nice chisel and amazing color. Travel ones are super nice as well. They do for slightly big though IMO
     
  6. badsha

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    Anyone know what kind of leather this is? Hatch grain? Pin Grain?

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  7. JubeiSpiegel

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    Looks like GG's highland grain leather. Similar to other brand's country calf / pebble grain.

    It's a beautiful boot, love the Arran...
     
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  8. badsha

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    I remember there being issues with hatchgrain, is this similar to it? Yes love the Arran, not sure what pricing for these are nowadays.
     
  9. JubeiSpiegel

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    I have not read/heard of any issues with GG's highland grains as of yet. I had issues with their english grain finishing, but that was a quick fix. GG highland grain is honestly very similar to most other country grain / pebble grains i have felt from other brands.

    You can either look for current pricing with Bespoke, or Skoak. Not quite boot prices, but somewhere in-between...
     
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  10. PCK1

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    My wigmore's have the same highland grain as those arran's...

    I like it...

    and I like those arran's...they are sexy.
     
  11. andrel42

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    Rainy July Sunday today so took a few pictures to cheer myself up :)

    G&G Cambridge Vintage Oak on the TG73 last
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  12. PCK1

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    G&G Westminster - Vintage Burgundy - TG73

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  13. Barton

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    What's the lead time on G&G these days? I ordered a pair of MTM from a retailer in Toronto last October and still haven't received them. [​IMG]
     
  14. JubeiSpiegel

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    Most affiliate retailers on SF estimate anywhere from 4-6 months. You might have just been unlucky, and your MTO was delayed due to their new factory move & store opening. Maybe you should ask for an update...
     
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    Can I trouble you to post a pic of them side by side? Having trouble deciding which one.
     
  16. JubeiSpiegel

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    Not my pic, but it's my favorite comparison pic online:

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    Looks great. I think the Hoves looks a bit more balanced, the Dover's split toe stitching seems to stretch a tad too long onto the vamp.
     
  18. JubeiSpiegel

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    It seems like everyone either favors the more country iconic style (Dover), or the more dressy/modern take (Hove). While i would like a Dover one of these days, between these two, i picked the Hove. The reasons you mentioned being part of it...
     
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    Bird's eye view if 32 and MH71.
    Forgive me for poor quality pics.
     
  20. Barton

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    Thanks. I asked for an update in May and I was told the shoes are just about ready, now the retailer isn't returning my emails. I wouldn't mind so much if I hadn't put down a $900 deposit.

    Guess I'll keep trying.
     

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