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Which of these G&G?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by designprofessor, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    I meet with G&G tomorrow. I have three that seem to stand out to my eye. Here's my question. At the stated prices, would you go for the more distinctive Astaire?
    Or the more conservative Wiltshire and Hughes.

    Note, 1.)I work in art /design and academia so I don't have to be conservative. 2.) Can I pair those Astaire (suede / leather combo) with a suit? Or just odd jacket?

    I'd be interested to see what others say. I have my sentimental favorite, but I'm waiting to see them in the flesh.

    #1 Astaire (dk brown sued /leather combo)
    #2 Hughes captoe with nice detailing on throat and toe.
    #3 Wiltshire, nice toe design and shape around laces.

    Thanks.
    designprofessor
     
  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I meet with G&G tomorrow. I have three that seem to stand out to my eye. Here's my question. At the stated prices, would you go for the more distinctive Astaire? Or the more conservative Wiltshire and Hughes. Note, 1.)I work in art /design and academia so I don't have to be conservative. 2.) Can I pair those Astaire (suede / leather combo) with a suit? Or just odd jacket? I'd be interested to see what others say. I have my sentimental favorite, but I'm waiting to see them in the flesh. #1 Astaire (dk brown sued /leather combo) #2 Hughes captoe with nice detailing on throat and toe. #3 Wiltshire, nice toe design and shape around laces. Thanks. designprofessor
    The Astaire would be nice with a suit. I ordered the same combo (suede and leather) in a saddle shoe from a different maker and plan to wear it with whatever I feel like. I can't really get too excited over the second shoe. Unlike a lot of people on this board, another English captoe does not really get me going. The third on is nice. I have a similar pair but with two eyelets instead of three. I wear it relatively often. Edit: On second thought, the detailing on the third one looks out of proportion to my eye. The broguing on the cap looks wimpy and pinprick like. It may be better in person. Overall, I would go with the Astaire by a large margin.
     
  3. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Astaire. That shoe is hot.
     
  4. philosophe

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    The Astaire is great looking. What's the rest of your shoe collection like? Maybe it is time for something really distinctive.

    Shoe #2 is very nice, but do you need another beautiful but conservative shoe?

    I don't like #3 at all. Something about the proportions strikes me as off.
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Astaire. That shoe is hot.
    I agree with Zach. To me, there are only two shoes I would even consider in that catalog. I would buy the astaire without any hesitation, and I would think about the Fairmont. The rest really do not strike a chord with me.
     
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    I love the Wiltshire, actually. I think the shape is quite distinctive without being overly flashy.
     
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    The Astaire, for the reasons others have stated - and mostly because I get the impression it's the one that calls out to you the most, which is the most important factor. And I do think they'd pair well with a suit.
    My second choice would be the Wiltshire, which is also elegant and distinctive looking. The Hughes looks like a very nice shoe, but to me lacks enough "oomph" or distinctive personality I'd want from a special purpose.
    Whatever you choose, enjoy them.
     
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    I'm quite fond of the Wiltshire.
     
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    Not sure why Tony chose to make the corners come to a point on the throat of that Adelaide. His bespoke samples show a (to my eye) much more elegant roundness.
     
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    #1 or #2, it's a real toss-up.
     
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    The only shoe I really love is the combination brogue. I've long admired Koji Suzuki's similar shoe over on centipede's site. Honestly, I think I'd get two of the Astaire--the other one in a lighter leather and/or with greater contrast. Make it part of your signature look. I now have several of the split-toe Mantellassis and I've realized it's sometimes nice to have that thematic continuity. I agree with Manton that the corners on that Adelaide are somewhat bizarre--the sharpness is too much at odds with the overall fluidity of the design.
     
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    See, I like the shape of the throat; it's what makes it look distinctive. But then, I guess that distinctive, by definition, is not for everybody.
     
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    Get all three.

    Seriously...go for the Astaire. A lovely shoe.
     
  15. zjpj83

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    Not sure why Tony chose to make the corners come to a point on the throat of that Adelaide. His bespoke samples show a (to my eye) much more elegant roundness.
    I agree. That sharp line is less pleasant
     
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    Wiltshire here.
     
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    I think the Astaire would look very smart with a light gray flannel pin stripe suit.

    Frankly, there's not much it wouldn't look good with, and I should know: I have a pair of dance shoes in that combination and they look fantastic with everything -- but that's on the dance floor. I don't wear them them around town, and am not sure I have the guts to, but I like them a lot.

    I'm also partial to the Wiltshire, which is the MTO version of the bespoke V-front derby I ordered last Friday. There is a difference between them, but the price may not justify it in every case. Good luck; let us know your decision.
     
  18. designprofessor

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    Not sure why Tony chose to make the corners come to a point on the throat of that Adelaide. His bespoke samples show a (to my eye) much more elegant roundness.

    Thanks all for the replies. Well, my favorite going into the meeting with Tony today was the Astaire. It is a gorgeous shoe -they ALL are gorheous shoes! One thing is that the catalog does not do them justice, there were several pair that didn't catch my eye in the catalog, but in real time, were very appealing. I'm specifically referring to the Hanly in Vintage Maple and the Gable.

    Concerning the throat angle on the Astaire, I actually talked to Tony about that - because I was inquiring about getting the Astaire in their TG37 Classic Sq. last. I chose
    to stay with the integrity of their design and not try my hand at playing designer. Tony felt that the angle at the throat fit the design of the shoe, but as Manton and others have noted the rounded corner is a wonderfull feature of the bespoke.

    The pin grain leather on the Astaire is quite nice, a deep rich brown, but with slight burgundy undertones when held to the light. The pin grain is actually much smoother than it appears in print.

    The only question mark to the whole meeting was my size. I have no EG's to base my actuall size on. I could not try any of their samples on. On Tony's suggestion, I had to stop by Barneys and try on a pair of C&J (348 last)to get them a better idea of size.

    I did leave the card # so if the sizing won't be an issue, then i will purchase the Astaire as shown.

    designprofessor
     

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