This is a multifaceted issue. Whereas EG can be compared with JLobb Paris, C&J, and other machine-made RTW shoes, any comparison breaks down somewhat when EG is compared with Vass, Saint Crispin's, and Lattanzi, for example, since the latter makers produce a true hand-made product. The same problem exists in comparing EG with Kiton and some lines of Santoni and Sutor Mantellassi with which some handwork is present.
Certainly what can be said is the EG ranks high in the realm of machine-made RTW shoes. In comparison with JLobb Paris, Prestige Line, you'll find as many ranking EG better as vice versa, but the comparison is based on different variables--leather finish and antiquing favoring EG, certain cosmetic features like a beveled waist, for example, favoring JLobb. But is EG superior to the top line of a. Testoni, for example? In the end, style and esthetics have to be taken into account, along with the rater's personal tastes. It's just about impossible, in the final analysis, to produce a definitive ranking involving any commodity that relies on subjective judgments about its quality.