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

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Yeah I always thought GG’s RTW offerings were a bit unsatisfying. Low on classics and versatile styles, a few too many bizarre loafers and niche oxfords.
 

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Website up but MTO is glitchy. Got an error page after trying to order a SJII, but other models were added to the cart
 

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St. James II with a medallion: yay or nay?
Have a SJII in vintage cherry, so thinking about a MTO in a lighter pine/chestnut with medallion to make it distinct. Wondering if a medallion would work or if it makes a classic design look too busy. Would get it on the TG73.
 

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St. James II with a medallion: yay or nay?
Have a SJII in vintage cherry, so thinking about a MTO in a lighter pine/chestnut with medallion to make it distinct. Wondering if a medallion would work or if it makes a classic design look too busy. Would get it on the TG73.
Too busy, IMO - I think the round toe on the example above softens the whole look, but only barely. My reservation would be that the TG73, which is already the most aggressive non-deco last GG makes, would just be too much. But I've been wrong many many times before when trying to visualise the final result, and you might be onto a winner. Best advice would be go with your gut - if you want a medallion, then go get a damn medallion and screw haters like me ;).
 

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Too busy, IMO - I think the round toe on the example above softens the whole look, but only barely. My reservation would be that the TG73, which is already the most aggressive non-deco last GG makes, would just be too much. But I've been wrong many many times before when trying to visualise the final result, and you might be onto a winner. Best advice would be go with your gut - if you want a medallion, then go get a damn medallion and screw haters like me ;).
Thanks. My only reason for the medallion is because I was concerned two SJII on the same last night look repetitive since I have a 6 shoe rotation.
 

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St. James II with a medallion: yay or nay?
Have a SJII in vintage cherry, so thinking about a MTO in a lighter pine/chestnut with medallion to make it distinct. Wondering if a medallion would work or if it makes a classic design look too busy. Would get it on the TG73.
Something looks odd having a medallion on the St. James II. Looks forced and clustered, not natural and clean. If you want a slight twist, how would you feel about doing a diamond punch from the Hayes instead of the standard round pattern?
 

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Thanks. My only reason for the medallion is because I was concerned two SJII on the same last night look repetitive since I have a 6 shoe rotation.
Got it. Well if you like a full brogue, something else to consider might be a different version like the Kensington or Burlington? They're similar to the St James, but don't have the adelaide facings - and the Kensington has the medallion:



The Burlington looks similar but without the medallion (which I personally prefer).

Looking at this, one might say a St James with a medallion wouldn't actually look any busier, so maybe your instinct is right. But if you're doing it to distinguish it from your current St James, I'd go for Kensington or Burlington to further set the new shoe apart.
 

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