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I tried the loafers in my usual GS size and they were much too small. Will be a nice option for those who can try on in-store at J Crew however. I considered the cap toe bluchers but they just look so blobby. I would be surprised if any of their stores carry the Grant Stone models, I assume they just drop-ship from the website.
Yeah, the cap toe's remind me of WWII bombs:
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It’s worth noting that just because something is made in the same factory doesn’t mean that it’s the same quality. The workmanship might be as good, but the quality control may not be.

One of the biggest things I like about GS is the selection of the leather. Just because leather is Horween doesn’t mean it’s a good batch. GS seems to make sure they select good leather to purchase. They also have good quality control.

I have a lot of experience managing a factory in China, and my take is that they will build as good of a product as is demanded. In our business, we have to constantly monitor that corners aren’t being cut and we hold them to a high standard, thus we get good production. But if we didn’t do that, the same people might make a substandard product.
You are absolutely correct. GS's quality control is second to none. I wouldn't expect the same level of QA from the J. Crew shoes.
 

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As @audog mentioned above, we usually have a sale around black friday and every other year we have had a smaller promotion in the spring. This year, it will most likely just be black friday.

For the foreseeable future, we will offer shell in pre orders. We do have a Ottawa boot in a lighter shell available in some sizes in the boot collection. In the next couple weeks, there will be a new shell pre order for two different patterns.



We have something in the works but just for a calf article on the loafers and dress shoes.
Will the shell pre orders be a deposit like the first time or pay in full like last time?
 

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I’ve struggled a little bit with GS sizing. I’m a 9.5EEE on most AE’s (sometimes 10EE or 10EEE works better). In the Leo Last I’ve tried 10E which was way too big. I tried 9.5E in the Ottawa, it was pretty tight across the top of my foot and felt a bit narrow with thick socks. The 9.5EEE I had a lot of heel slip. I almost sold them as well, but I read others on here reporting that the heel slip improves as you break them in. After 5 or so wears, it’s better, but still feels a little big.

I think 9EEE is probably my best size, but part of me wants to give the 9.5E another shot. I only wore the Ottawa’s twice before selling them and I’m wondering if the fit would have improved a lot with another couple wears.

The only thing crazier than having more Goodyear welted shoes than you have trips around the sun is spending upwards of $1200 just trying to figure out your size ha!
 

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Will the shell pre orders be a deposit like the first time or pay in full like last time?
It will be a full payment like last time. For us this makes it much easier not only technically but not having to chase down the balance.

I’ve struggled a little bit with GS sizing. I’m a 9.5EEE on most AE’s (sometimes 10EE or 10EEE works better). In the Leo Last I’ve tried 10E which was way too big. I tried 9.5E in the Ottawa, it was pretty tight across the top of my foot and felt a bit narrow with thick socks. The 9.5EEE I had a lot of heel slip. I almost sold them as well, but I read others on here reporting that the heel slip improves as you break them in. After 5 or so wears, it’s better, but still feels a little big.

I think 9EEE is probably my best size, but part of me wants to give the 9.5E another shot. I only wore the Ottawa’s twice before selling them and I’m wondering if the fit would have improved a lot with another couple wears.

The only thing crazier than having more Goodyear welted shoes than you have trips around the sun is spending upwards of $1200 just trying to figure out your size ha!
After reading your comments above I would definitely lean towards a 9EEE instead of the 9.5E. While it could become slightly less snug with wear, if you ever travel or walk a lot in warmer weather they might feel uncomfortably snug again.
 

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Have had the Sand Suede Ottawa's on all day and I really like these boots. For the first time in a long time, people (4 women, 1 male co-worker, and the janitorial staff (2 guys) have all commented on my footwear. Janitor guy said "Man, I like your shoes a lot" Made me feel good. The women in the office had comments like, "you always have such nice shoes" to " I wish my husband would wear something like that".
Kudus to Grant Stone for making such a great pair of boots!
 

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I like the new, although perhaps not finished, new web site. In case anyone is interested, or honestly even if they are not interested. Seems like a few issues need to be resolved, but appearance is pretty good.
 

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I like the new, although perhaps not finished, new web site. In case anyone is interested, or honestly even if they are not interested. Seems like a few issues need to be resolved, but appearance is pretty good.
Thanks, it’s a work in progress. We have a couple of the pages will be revamped but they may not be ready for another week or two. The size associate on the product pages are being worked on as well so if anyone has questions about sizing it would probably be best to contact us here or by email instead for the time being.
 

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Have had the Sand Suede Ottawa's on all day and I really like these boots. For the first time in a long time, people (4 women, 1 male co-worker, and the janitorial staff (2 guys) have all commented on my footwear. Janitor guy said "Man, I like your shoes a lot" Made me feel good. The women in the office had comments like, "you always have such nice shoes" to " I wish my husband would wear something like that".
Kudus to Grant Stone for making such a great pair of boots!
I realize that those may be a special makeup for Audog, the Mayor of Grant Stone. Such a gesture is well deserved. However, if they ever were to be offered to the public... I'd hit the buy button so fast it'd break my keyboard, the desk, and the floor underneath. White suede bucks, spectators, etc. are so much fun. Everyone loves them and they really brighten the day.
 

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Hi... can someone help me with the sizing of the Diesel Boot in the Leo last ...
My sizes are:
Trickers Stow Boot (4497s Last): UK - 10
Alden Indy Boot (True Balance Last): US - 10.5
Should I go for 10.5E or 11D
 

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I realize that those may be a special makeup for Audog, the Mayor of Grant Stone. Such a gesture is well deserved. However, if they ever were to be offered to the public... I'd hit the buy button so fast it'd break my keyboard, the desk, and the floor underneath. White suede bucks, spectators, etc. are so much fun. Everyone loves them and they really brighten the day.
I think there are many more who favor white/sand/ light color suede shoes and boots. Alden has had a limited (one retailer I believe) "milkshake" suede boot for a while, and I toyed with getting it at one time. But once GS said that the Ottawas might be possible, at some point in the future, I gave up chasing the Aldens, the GS product is just that good and I was willing to wait. I agree that quite a few would hit the buy button if part of the regular lineup (or even a limited release like the blue suede Ottawa).
 

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Hi... can someone help me with the sizing of the Diesel Boot in the Leo last ...
My sizes are:
Trickers Stow Boot (4497s Last): UK - 10
Alden Indy Boot (True Balance Last): US - 10.5
Should I go for 10.5E or 11D
I can only speak for my own feet, but I wear same size as Alden TB last in the Grant Stone Leo last.
 

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Looks like some honey shell Ottawa’s are on the site and it’s taking me a lot not to jump on them. It looks like they are in stock, unless it’s a glitch with the new site
 

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Yeah, the cap toe's remind me of WWII bombs:
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You are absolutely correct. GS's quality control is second to none. I wouldn't expect the same level of QA from the J. Crew shoes.
I would very much love a Grant Stone cap toe blucher but with a more refined shape similar to Alden's Aberdeen. GS's Oliver last looks nice too.

Also, hello all. New to the forum. I am fairly new to GYW shoes and have quickly become a fan of Grant Stone. I noticed that GS seems to have a nice presence on this forum so I figured I would join to better keep up with upcoming product info.
 
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