journal: mitchell

G&G MTO’s

We’ve been meaning to post some gorgeous MTO shoes by Gaziano & Girling for a while. Set your gaze on these babies and image what it’s like to slip a pair on your feet.

Gable, MH71 Last, Vintage Cherry – MTO

Hove, TG73 Last, Vintage Oak – MTO

Carnegie, MH71 Last, Rustic Arran Grain – MTO

Chelsea, MH71 Last, Black Alpine Grain – MTO

Cooper, Deco Last, Vintage Chestnut – MTO

Oxford, GG06 Last, Vintage Rioja – MTO

 

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G&G MTO’s, Tulsa Bound

We received these new Gaziano & Girling Made to Order pairs this week, which were dispatched, immediately to our client in Oklahoma. We’re confident that he’ll enjoy them a great deal. A finer shoe cannot be found in Tulsa, other than his pairs of Corthay, Edward Green, Rider, and Alden we’ve sent him.

Hayes in Vintage Oak TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Hayes - Leffot

Windsor in Vintage Rioja TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Windsor - Leffot

Mitchell in Vintage Cedar TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Mitchell - Leffot

*MTO footwear is not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.

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Shine Time

I’m old fashioned when it comes to caring for my shoes. I’m also pretty straightforward in my approach. I use two basic items, a white cotton tee shirt for application (which I’m considering marketing, think 70′s tie dyed).

And my grandfather’s old and well worn horsehair brush for shining.

Step #1
I know a lot of people polish their shoes with the shoetrees inside but I prefer to take them out. That way I can put my hand inside and keep a better handle on the shoe.

Step #2
If the shoes have laces, I remove them before I begin. This satisfies two objectives. It allows me to polish the tongue and prevents polish from ending up on the laces.

Before*

Step#3
I begin with an application of Saphir Renovateur in order to clean and moisturize the leather. This is a very important step in my opinion. It’s always amazing how much dirt is removed from the surface and how much better the leather looks after being conditioned. It almost looks like it plumps up a bit.

To apply the Renovateur I wrap my tee shirt around a couple of finger and apply very sparingly over the surface of the uppers. I like using a cloth versus an applicator brush because I have better control over the product. I always use small amounts rather than a large glob which is A) messy and B) a waste of product.

I work the Renovateur into the leather but I don’t rub very hard, it’s not really necessary as the product does most of the work. After applying to both shoes I wipe them off with the tee shirt to remove excess créme.

Step #4
I’m a wax lover and use it almost exclusively.  I find it redundant to use créme after the Renovateur. I will use créme if I need to add color back since it has more pigments. I don’t really play around much with colors (again old fashioned). I use black wax on black of course and neutral on most non-black shoes. Occasionally I’ll use a color close or darker than a leather color to “enhance” it a bit. My feeling is if I liked a leather color to begin with why change it? I prefer to let it develop on it’s own.

I apply small amounts of wax with the tee shirt usually starting with the toes where I push the polish in, then move to the heel counters doing the same. The vamp and waist get a lighter, gentler polishing (so a wax build up doesn’t occur). After I polish one shoe I move to the second. I let the first rest and after the second is polished I usually apply another application to both.

I don’t like highly shined toes (bulled) so I don’t use the wax + water method for a high gloss finish.

Step #5
The brushing is my favorite step. I put my hand in the shoe and brush quickly and lightly back and forth across the toe and work back to the vamp, waist and heels. I prefer brushing to shining with a cloth because the bristles brush away any excess polish that gets into seams and brouging. I know I said I don’t bull my shoes and I don’t but once in a while when brushing I do spit on them, don’t ask me why I probably saw it in an old movie once….

After*

Gaziano & Girling Mitchell in Vintage Maple

Step #6
Replace laces and trees and voila! Mission accomplished. I polish my shoes at least once a month even if I haven’t worn them. I do the same with the shoes on display in the store. They need the conditioning even more sitting under lights all day.

And that’s about it. It’s not brain surgery and you really can’t mess up too much. Personally I find the process relaxing and satisfying. I encourage you to try it for yourself. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions I’m happy to help.


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G&G MTO’s

Our recent delivery of Gaziano & Girling MTO’s featured the following styles,

The Gable MH71 Last in Polo Suede

The Windsor MH71 Last in Vintage Oak

The Canterbury GG06 Last in Black Calf

The Hughes TG73 Last in Vintage Cedar

The Westbury TG73 Last in Vintage Rioja

The Mitchell TG73 Last in Vintage Chestnut

The Eton MH71 Last in Walnut Grain on Dainite Soles

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G&G MTO’s

We just received several MTO’s from Gaziano & Girling much to the delight of their new owners. Most of these orders were placed in August and September.

Mitchell – Vintage Chestnut TG73 Last

Hughes – Vintage Cedar DG70 Last

Wiltshire – Vintage Maple TG73 Last

Barclay – Mole Suede TG73 Last

Mitchell – Espresso Calf MH71 Last

Fairmont – Vintage Rioja TG73 Last

Thorpe – Arran Grain MH71 Last

Cambridge – Espresso Calf MH71 Last

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Back in Black

One of my favorite styles in the store is the Gaziano & Girling Mitchell, I wear it in Vintage Maple but it’s also one of my favorite shoes in black.

I love the way the wingtip is achieved by stitching into the upper creating a lighter more contemporary version of this most classic of styles; combine that with the medallion on the toe and the TG73 last and you have a black shoe that is both modern and classic at the same time.

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Some Shoes I Wear III

I’ve been holding off on wearing this pair of Gaziano & Girling Mitchell’s in Vintage Maple until today, I could hold off no longer. I’m wearing them with a pair of dark blue A.P.C. “New Standard” jeans and the color looks great, not to mention how comfortable they feel.

I know I’ve said this before but the fit of the G&G’s are amazing, I love the way they hug the arch and the suppleness of the leather. I wanted to start wearing these in before Dean Girling arrives for our Trunk Show on the 24th but; the way they feel I don’t think it’ll be an issue.

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Turn! Turn! Turn!

The Byrds said it, “To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn)” and like it or not summer is beginning to fade, the air has a fall feel to it and you can begin to notice the change of sunlight, it’s softer and shorter. I’m not complaining I like the fall it’s right behind spring as my favorite season. Summer is bright, and blaring where as fall has a mellowness to it. I like the colors of fall too, we all do, the color of changing leaves. Here is the way I visualize the fall palette represented in shoes.

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