Originally Posted by I. Gentantithesis
Reference: Pinned: HOF: Labels, Heels, Nails etc. page 12, post 172, or don't.
Rebel222's example appears a bit coarse for vintage BB EG Peal. The waist is too wide, the heel is straight rather than concave, PEAL is in bold block lettering rather than a more understated serifed font, there is no line of convex pindot indentions in front of the heel. The soles extend beyond the upper more than a typical EG, the wheeling treatment near the top of the sides of the heels is absent. The lining of a vintage shoe would probably have darkened with age. They don't seem to exhibit the general aura of EG refinement. The soles are a bit thick for city shoes. Not trying to instigate umbrage. They certainly could have been made by EG, but they're atypical if so.
All the numerical nomenclature of a vintage BB EG Peal was not necessarily hand scribed.
I've had similar thoughts. It's a bit much, I think, to expect that the romantic ideal of the BB Peal line--so lovingly tended and cultivated by Flusser and others--could ever compete with the reality of today's shoe fetishism. I have an old pair of Peal Wigmores (maker is murky)--nice, but really couldn't hold a candle to the current EG rtw model.