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Gait
An individual's style of walking.
Galoshes
Waterproof (typically rubber) overshoes or boots meant to protect the foot and footwear from inclement weather.
Galoshes
Ghillie
Pronounced "gil-ee", this is a style of footwear in which the laces pass through fabric or leather rings or loops attached to the front opening of the shoe, rather than eyelets.
Girth
The circumference of a shoe last measured around the ball of the foot.
Glazed Leather
Using Aniline-dyed leather, this type of leather is polished to a high luster by passing through greatly-pressured glass or steel rollers to create a smooth and shiny finish.
Glazed Leather
Glove Leather
A very soft leather such as lambskin which is typically used for gloves.
Goatskin
Leather made from the hide of a goat.
Gold Filled
A layer of gold pressure-bonded to another metal. Not to be confused with "gold plated" , Gold filled jewelry is more valuable and tarnish resistant than the latter. It will not rub off, tarnish or turn colors like some gold plated jewelry might over time. Gold filled jewelry is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as rhodium (a member of the platinum family), brass, and sterling silver.
Gold Vermeil
Sterling silver coated with 14 carat (58%) gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must also be at least 10 carat (42%). Sterling silver covered with another metal cannot be called vermeil.
Gold-Plated
A base metal (usually copper) with a thin layer of gold on the surface.
Goodyear Welt
A shoe construction in which the upper and sole of the shoe are stitched together, resulting in greater durability. The resulting seam is visible and runs around the outside of the shoe, where the upper and outsole meet.
Goodyear Welt
Gore
An elastic panel stitched into either side of a shoe's vamp in order to make it more comfortable and easier to put on and take off.
Gore
GORE-TEX®
A waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane designed to protect against the elements to keep you dry and comfortable at all times.
Grain
The inherent surface pattern of leather, differentiated by the animal from which it came.
Green-Lam™
Fleurville brand fabric made of environmentally friendly PVC-free polyurethane laminate which provides moisture-repellency, UV resistance and durability.
GSM
GSM stands for Grams Per Square Meter. GSM is typically used to determine the thread count on plush/thicker items such as towels, bath robes, and jersey-style sheets.  To determine the GSM for such fabrics, you first multiply the length by the width (in meters) to get the square meter. Then take the weight of the item (in grams) and divide it by your square meter. The number you are left with would be the item’s GSM. Like standard thread count, the higher your GSM number is, the softer and more plush the item is.
Gun Flap
A hanging flap on the right-front shoulder of a trench coat. 
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