Well, I agree, it’s a bit strange. The shoes are definite handmade but on a stock last (808 = Edward Green?) and in a stock size (7E). Maybe it is an apprentice’s examination piece. Or a show piece by someone who wants to get commissions as a “maker”.
If the last is indeed EG’s 808, that narrows the time frame somewhat. I believe the 808 was a development of the 88 and was created to be used exclusively for “top drawer” (first time round); dating back to late 80s.
You might want to contact Alex B. at EG who has been working for the company all his working life. If “John Cambridge” had any connections with EG, Alex ought to know.There is an old photograph, (probably from the late 70s) that New & Lingwood has blown up to an enormous size and uses for display sometimes. That is taken in the old EG factory, showing Alex as a bright-eyed and bushy-haired youngster of seventeen or so (they knew how to use blow dryers), working together with an old shoemaker.
Sorry! Jcusey, bengal-stripe.
The EG new model is a light joke. It is April Fool today.
This shoes is made by Young genius Japanese shoemaker.
He was working as an out worker with Cleverley, Foster & Son, EG and G&G.
It seems to be a point where it returns to Japan, and it will try to make his
shoes in the future now.
This shoes are samples made when he lives in Britain.
It's samples that put on the E.G 808 last type and are made.
I am expecting it of his activity in the future.
Wow, centipede, those Maxwell boots are a real find! I've never seen the Dover St + Paris stamp. Where did they come from (if I may be so bold as to ask)? Any idea how old they may be? Thanks for keeping us posted!