Originally Posted by DpprDr
From my discussions with EG, since most of the current (if not all) lasts are based from the 202, I think the trees are made from the 202 template. These trees fit my 888/82 shoes fine. I'm curious if they have lasted ones for the 64 (e.g., Galway)
Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie
That said, none of these shoe trees are doing much/anything for your shoes at the toe, since there is a stiff toe box there. (Unless someone is crushing your toe boxes). And apart from the toe area, the shoes basically have the same shape (width aside), so I wouldn't worry at all about which EG shoe tree I was using.
I had the same discussion as DpprDr when I asked about lasted trees in the EG London store. The rationale that I was given for this is pretty much as archetypal_yuppie stated, that if the main body of the foot was similar there isn't much point in having different versions of the last for different toe boxes. I'm lucky that my preferred lasts are the 888 and 82 which are, as I understand it, directly derived from the 202 so the standard 202-based last should fit my shoes pretty well when I get them (5 months since order but there could still be another 5 months to wait).
Having said that, G&G offer individual last-specific trees at about the same price points as EG so it seems a shame that EG don't, if only to remove any nagging doubts in customers' minds. Does anyone know how the lasts are made? Are the blocks of wood cut on some fancy computer-controlled lathe using data generated by a laser scan of a production last? I find it hard to imagine that the shoe trees are carved by hand since that would seem to be too inaccurate and way too expensive.