yeah the Thorpe is G&G's priciest boot model (shell excluded) and only available as a MTO. would also be interested to know the price on the EG Nevis.
Last time I was there the Galway (and other boots) were listed at £770. I suspect there will be a slight upcharge for the Nevis due to the hand sewn apron, in the same way that there is an upcharge on the Dover with respect to the standard EG shoe line.
That seam on the medial (inner) side (less visible) is not really a design feature, but a way to save leather. A whole-cut (that's what the 'Piccadilly' really is) is extremely wasteful as far as leather is concerned. A whole lot will end up on the clicking room floor. If you divide the whole-cut into a 3/4 and 1/4 cut, you can lay the pattern pieces much closer together; think of (sexual) positions like 'tea-spoons' or '69'. As a result of this manipulation, you have less waste.
Oops, I hope I haven't disillusioned one or the other. But take heart, this way of penny-pinching was much more prevalent in the olden days, although it is still going on sometimes.
Interesting info, as always, Bengal-Stripe. Many thanks.