There is nothing like a nice adelaide and the Gaziano & Girling St. James is among the best of them. It fills all of the requirements of a nice brogue but for me just adds a bit of specialness having the facing as one piece instead of the full brogue (which I love too) that has all of the pieces that a shoe can have. Every now and then, you get a full brogue that just looks a bit too cluttered, too much detail involved. But the beauty of the adelaide is that by losing the quarter line that goes from the facing down to the heel, you get a nice piece of clean leather that goes from vamp all the way to the heel. It allows for one to make it into another color, fabric or leather so easily and elegantly.
The St. James is an iconic adelaide in the industry. I really love it when done in suede but you do not see it that often. I once saw one on the DG70 last, which is my favorite by Gaziano and Girling. But more often than not you will find it on their classic TG73 last: their iconic chisel last. I get the feeling that the adelaide will one day be the leading brogue shoe, overtaking the full brogue. I could be talking bs, but the more that I see them the more that I like them, and from the fact that I see them more and more, it makes me feel that I am not the only one thinking this.
Edit: 10 years later and the adelaide is among the most offered dress shoes at present time in 2023. Every brand has a version and will continue to offer them. It is almost now more popular than the cap toe oxford. Yet the St. James by Gaziano & Girling remains the head of the pack as one of the cleanest and most elegant of all.
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