Despite a case of the sniffles, Tony Gaziano was in town for Gaziano & Girling's semi-annual visit and there was quite a bit to talk about.
We spent most of our time discussing the improved manufacturing prowess evident in G&G's newer ready to wear samples, like the one on the left in the photo below (click to enlarge it), which feature a jointed heel and a more prominent fiddleback waist that's cut as close as the waist on a bespoke shoe.
The new samples are the best looking machine-made shoes I've seen. Tony called them "Northampton (ready-made) shoes with a London (bespoke) look."
Then there were the boots, and some new shoe models that have been kept quiet until now. Beginning around the end of 2007, the RTW line will be expanded to include six new boots. The boots will include a balmoral, a chelsea and a Norwegian (the samples in the photo are bespoke but similar styles).
There'll also be new elastic sided slip-on shoes, balmorals, and walking shoes. Interestingly, each of the base shoe models will be offered in a traditional and a modern version.
You really need to see the new samples.