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Many people don't care for the Windsor; on the other hand, others do and someone liked it enough to have the style replicated. So one man's shit is another man's shinola. . . or something like that.
Regarding the curve of the wingtip, that rule of thumb might be so - but isn't this style more commonly referred to as a U-tip and not a wingtip? Isn't it sufficiently different from a wingtip to make that rule of thumb somwhat irrelevant here?
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The rule of thumb for avocados equates softness with ripeness, but is that applicable to rhubarb?
In any event, I get your overall point - you dont like the style.
this is not exaxctly the truth. i'm not a die hard u-tip afficionado, though.
when i look at a pair of EG, independent of their decade, i have somewhat high expectations. this also comes from the way people talk about them.
tbh, i wasn't aware of this rule as i see the big picture, when looking at shoes.
anecdote from three years ago:
i was with two friends. one was running a small mto operation for suits and shirts, also organizing complimentary shoes for special clients at that time. one guy received a pair, he had ordered and i was given them to make a comment. the "seller" asked me: do you see the fault? hmmh, which fault is he talking..., dang. well, the curve of the wingtip, he replied. gosh, i never looked at this, but you're right...
actually, i took a short look at my own shoes at home. i have only a few wingtips, though. no fault, as i expected.
back to our little story. looking at the old catalogue pic, you can see the curve on the sandringham is "correct", while the windsor is a little off. burton's shoes also do not have this issue. iirc, the few vass u-tips posted a while ago, didn't have it either, while the LL special edition has it. crazy world, imo.
so, maybe a real expert like e.g. mr. frommer or somebody with more historical background on english shoe styles and their development like e.g. bengal, can chime in and show us the light.