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 Beautiful. Not sure what the price of a TD recraft is but new price for a monkstrap, as of last Thursday when I placed an order for a Westminster, is £1,500 including UK VAT and bundled shoe trees. Knock off the £95 list price for the shoe trees gives £1,405 inc VAT (sales tax) or £1,171 exc VAT if you're outside the UK. I think recrafts usually run to somewhere between 30% and 50% of new shoe price so my guess would be somewhere between £351 and £585 (+ VAT if applicable).
 Wow; love those! Congratulations. It's not the usual Galway last is it? This looks much sleeker than others I've seen. What is the last? 82? - Julian
Most of my stuff is EG, I only have one G&G, but on the toppy-or-not debate my main concern is traction and so far I have gone for a compromise. I put full rubber on the heel to improve traction but leave the sole untouched. How much influence heel grip has on traction probably varies by individual gait, I'm quite a heel-heavy walker which possibly goes with walking quickly and having a longer stride.   All my shoes are MTO so if I ever feel the need to go further I...
 Some people need to be careful with narrower widths too. My only G&G is a TG73 in 7D. Dropping the width down from standard E to narrower D makes them look close to Deco pointyness which, while fully accepting that everyone's tastes are different, doesn't work for me. If I do G&G again it will definitely be on MH71.
 An alternative might be to stick with E width & specify a full sock. I had the "do I go down a width?" dilemma after I discovered that I had too much room above my foot in my 6.5Ds and had extensive discussions about the issue with EG's staff in the Jermyn Street shop. I was told that putting a full sock in would take out some internal space (obviously) but not as much as dropping down a width. A decent shop should be able to loose-cut a full sock for you to try on, EG...
   Very helpful observations and advice. II wish I'd made my post a couple of days ago because I hate being inefficient but am left with the feeling that when I went into the shop I really should have also tried going up a half length at the same time as dropping down the width, i.e. I should have tried a 7C as a possible other alternative to my current full-sock 6.5D fit. Ironically that's also another tip in the Permanent Style article that I'd already read. The reason I...
Thanks for the reply. I did ask EG the question and they were pretty non-committal on the difference between 82 and 888 width. I suspect that it's as you say, it can depend so much on individual foot shape.The reason I think (in fact I'm pretty confident in saying that I know) that my 888 D width has too much room is that the space above my forefoot allowed the crease on my Shannon's to develop to the point where it drew blood, a lot of blood, from where it cut into my...
Could someone compare and contrast the fit of 888 vs 82 for me please, particularly around the forefoot and toe area. I have an MTO order on hold at the moment because I'm worried that the 6.5D that I used for my last order might have too much space and am considering amending the size to 6.5C. I'm a bit nervous about doing this and unfortunately EG don't have any stock 888 shoes in 6.5C to try on but I did go into the store to try what I think was the closest I could...
I'd appreciate some sizing advice please. I have a couple of EGs on 888 in 6.5D. The fit isn't terrible but there are a couple of issues.   Firstly, on both my Holborn (2 eyelet derby) and Shannon (oxford boot) there is heel slip on the left heel even after extensive breaking in. Obviously on the boot it isn't such a big deal but it's a bit annoying on the derby. Even on the Holborn it's not catastrophic by any means, it's modest enough that I don't notice it about half...
 I haven't tried it myself but I had a long conversation about it with Robert (one of EG's longest serving sales staff I think) in the Jermyn Street store last week. He had worn it and his impression was that it was a bit roomier all around than the 888 which is my preferred last at the moment. I did have a careful look at one in the store and the biggest visual difference that I saw is that the toe is very noticeably more chiselled than the 888. I did read somewhere that...
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