Originally Posted by JoeGat
We already know the other "horrid" shoes are flawed. Sending a flawed pair of shoes to an SF member for review somehow feels unfair to Edward Green.
If we are going to "bench test" a supplier, well then we should bring to the task some measure of fair play, at least.
Why don't we place a brand new order through an SF approved retailer, like "Leaves" perhaps, or any of the other retailers. We could closely monitor the entire process, from selection, specification, pricing, communication with the supplier, everything, right through to accepting delivery and reviewing the product, which would need to be monitored objectively.
Odds are good that Edward Green would, in all likelihood, exonerate themselves, I would have to accept the embarrassment of defeat and a charity organization would receive new shoes or a cash equivalent, everyone wins, including the SF community, be they EG enthusiasts or not.
Although I do rarely purchase their product, of course I have no objection to purchasing a pair of their shoes or boots, so long as they don't insult my intelligence by palming off sub standard work as superior quality, or, "lasted trees" which are not actually lasted. I have owned Galways before, and no, I don't think a new pair of Galways is such a bad idea.
It would be fun doing a few MTO and Top Drawers, whether the purchase is successful or not, who cares? It is simply an innocent wager and an opportunity for a good supplier to show us exactly what stuff they really are made of.
Unless of course the exercise makes us all nervous, in which case I will move quietly along and reminisce about the good old days, like how it used to be 20 years ago.
I might start a new thread for the exercise, but I would first need to find an EG enthusiast willing to act as an honest adjudicator.