Originally Posted by Geezer
They are not from 1946. At a guess they are about ten years old. EG numbering is a bit of a mystery, but the pair dangling off my toes now bought around 1995 are numbered 10623 (and do not therefore date from before the Norman Conquest of Britain in 1066AD). And my newer pairs have higher numbers, in a little inset oval, while some older pre-oval pairs are numbered higher. Go figure. If they have the oval inset, they are post early/mid-90s. And the 202 last, while classic, is not ancient. Those are great shoes, but early last decade, not mid last century.
I think Geezer is pretty spot on here. The waist is in pretty nice condition on the sole. And EG probably hasn't used the exact same Nail pattern on the heel for that long.
I have heard it said that all of EGs lasts derive from the 202. But perhaps what is meant that the newer lasts derive from the 202. I've seen shoes from the 1980s on the 202. But it seems the 201 was very popular before the 202. I have seen EGs for Wildmith and Nordstrom on the 201. So I'm still not sure when the 202 rose to prominence.
Also, you can always send that 5 digit number to EG - they can give you the original order info.