Originally Posted by chogall
And just from the pictures in this thread you can easily observe the QA of its machine lasting process. Note sometimes how heel cup height is different even within the same pair of shoes judging by the amount of lasted trees peaking out from the heel cup.
I like my 82 lasted EG, but its heel cup is almost as wide as my GG06-Wide G&G and definitely much wider than my 7000/8000 JLs.
Interesting. I agree on height - it can be variable. And I have a nagging suspicion that EG quality control is not quite as good now as it was in the fairly recent past. But my observation on width is based on having annoyingly narrow heels, and on possessing 4 pairs of 82s, 1 pr of 888s, 3 pairs of 202s and 11 pairs of 88s, acquired over the last 20 years.
Over the years, I have tried on but not bought many pairs of 202s and 606s because of heel slip (also why I have never bought JLPs). The 202s I have bought were I thought oddities that had been made on the narrow side as part of the usual variation in manufacturing tolerances (and were on sale: I much prefer the "8" lasts, in particular the 88).
So I have always believed the heels on the "8" lasts were narrower. If they are not, then there is some other property of those lasts that stops my heels slipping that perhaps only DFW can explain. But to be honest, they all do seem to fit tighter on my heels than their 202 brethren.
I'll try to remember to ask the EG folk about this next time I'm in the shop.