I have seen it written that difficult economic times bring a return to conservatism, and the new Gaziano & Girling made to order shoe models shown on their current tour of America seem to reflect that thinking.
When the company launched, the company's classic shoe styles were surrounded by modern designs that dominated perception and to some extent relegated to the background the company's consistent fit, quality construction and, as I have written many times in the past, the best shape of any machine-made shoe in the world.
This year, G&G has listened to feedback from customers and brought us seven new models that principally fill out the line with more variations on the classics, including adelaide brogues, cap toed oxfords and quarter brogues. The top photo shows the new Kensington and the St. James. The photo above this paragraph shows the Westminster.
Just as there tends to be a suspicion that modern abstract painters are not capable of executing realism as well as their predecessors, I have felt that G&G's emphasis on the modern has caused them to be viewed slightly askance by men who were raised on traditional shoes. That is despite shoes like the Rothschild, which I consider the best looking brogue in its class.
To the extent they existed, the new models should help eliminate any such negative perceptions.