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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. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    do it dude! do it!

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  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Sorry I missed this one...

    Without question...but they also come to me for something a bit better...and part of my job is to educate them--tell them why my work is a "step above."

    And what I tell them has little or nothing to do with superficialities. It is much the same as I speak about here on SF.

    But you are missing a significant factor...perhaps just due to inexperience or a lack of intimate knowledge of the way that bespoke...anything...works. Or perhaps you're just quibbling...or haven't really thought it through.

    My personal preferences aside, I am a bespoke maker...to a greater or lesser degree, I have to respond to the customer's wishes. If they want brightly coloured inlays, I will give them brightly coloured inlays...up to a point.

    That said, an inlay is pure in the sense that it is the colour of the leather as it came from the finder...without make-up of the sort I was describing above.

    And having said that if you compare my body of work over the course of 40+ years you will see that while I am competent...maybe even a bit more than competent...doing inlay work, the vast majority of my boots tend to be subdued and as much in line with the philosophy that "more is less" as my customers will allow and certainly more subdued than most of my peers.

    I often opine about harmony; colours of stitching emerging from the leather colour; negative space; fair curves and all sorts of esoteric (in some quarters) notions that are eminently consistent with my stated philosophies.
     
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  3. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    After speaking with quite a few Cowboy Boot Lovers (as they share my obsession with insane exotic leathers), the ornamentation & decoration applied to them is an art form in itself. It's quite a different animal than traditional "non-western" footwear.
     
  4. Pliny

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    wallet after buying G&G's :)
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :crackup:

    Not really...a conscientious and deliberate use of negative space creates its own aesthetic--its own beauty. I don't know about you but I think an empty wallet is pretty ugly.
     
  6. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    These would be nice in suede as well.
     
  7. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  8. Michael Ay329

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    Deco Byron with black pigskin on the uppers...and of course faux lacing to make them perfect
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  9. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    ^^^^ Very nice! ^^^^^

    I particularly like the contrasts in leather texture.
     
  10. isshinryu101

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    Gorgeous last shape. I agree with the comment above about the different textured leathers as well. I think I'd prefer laces personally, but those are very nice and unique.
     
  11. Pliny

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    ^^^^ prefer the U last Norwegers :)
     
  12. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    2 trial pairs for sizing on the way from nick @ bespoke :bounce2:
     
  13. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    You FINALLY did it manz!

    You'll be a happy camper soon enough I'm sure.

    Nick is great, he'll make sure you're happy.



    Here's today's arrival for me. (Cross posted to the shoo pron theard)

    Grant on the TG73

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    (Double click to enlarge - sorry I'm still not a very good porn photographer.)

    I sized down a half from my first pair and I'm even happier with the fit than I was on my first pair.

    Time for me to start contemplating which Decos I want. This may take some time.
     
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  14. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    haha thanks. yeah i guess, havent officially made the purch yet. and yes nick is a great guy. and very patient. very.

    beautiful shoes btw. they really look great. if i ever get a pair of decos im getting the rogers no doubt.

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  15. Leaves

    Leaves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Must. Resist. Urge. To order. PLEASE LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH...oh who am I kidding, the lil' red guy with the pitch fork always wins over me in the end...sigh.

    Pretty nice example of how clients can take advantage of the MTO-program. wingtips, faux laces, material mix, extra punch line, it's hardly the same shoe as the original Byron.
     
  16. Shire Rose 74

    Shire Rose 74 Member

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    love the Grant wholecuts!
     
  17. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    Now, THIS is a "balls" shoe! I approve 100%.
     
  18. Gdot

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    Thanks Shire! I'm very happy with them.

    The quality of the leather is super - soft buttery feel, deep rich dye saturation, and a very unwaxed finish. Exactly the same quality as another pair I bought last month. I believe they will both patina beautifully.
     
  19. Michael Ay329

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    Minor adjustments are permitted, as long as a pattern change isn't required.

    The small single punching brogueing along the balmoral line was accommodated because it did not cause a pattern change.

    The original Byron design had a different material on the upper to contrast with the lower...so this design worked within those parameters.

    Much less the short wing tip is imitation brogueing...so a new wing tip pattern was not needed.

    Overall, the design was in line with the Deco ranges minimalist aesthetics (with the exception of the imitation lacing).

    There was an upcharge to make these adjustments...but it helped that Tony liked the design :)
     
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  20. mktitsworth

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    Totally digging. How long do you think it will be before you wear them? I had the itch to try mine this past weekend, but just did not find the opportunity.
     

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