Edward Green Appreciation: Pictures, Info, and Where to Buy - Page 270
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I don't know this for certain because I've never worked with Lobb, but I think JL designs the lasts, but it's a subcontractor that produces them (just like G&G), and their trees as well. I mean even Church's use subcontractors for lasts and trees.
The original last is almost always made up in wood at the last makers workshop, in close collaboration with the client (shoemaker), adding and changing bits here and there until the shoemaker or designer is satisfied. It is then replicated in plastic (almost everyone has moved away from wooden lasts these days, the plastic ones are more durable and does not shrink or swell depending on humidity and temperature) and scaled into different widths and sizes. They are then sent over to the shoemaker who use them in their RTW production. And because the subcontractor has the machinery and know-how, they also make the shoe trees.
Stanley Korshak has one pair (10.5) left @ $440
Shoe trees: serious bizness
In related news, I was waiting for my carryon bag to go thru X-rays a few hours ago and could clearly see the outline of my EG shoe trees on the screen. The TSA agent took a long, exaggerated pause while looking at the image - i suppose because it was a suspicious-lookingitem? - while I thought to myself, this probably won't be the first time Styleforum would have caused someone to be anally violated, but this might be the first time in this particular manner.
I was stopped in Vienna last year by Austrian customs - had 4 pairs of Vass and 3 pairs of Saint Crispin with trees....They were more interested in the Vass shoes.....as they had metal springs in the trees...Interesting conversation with the Custom guys about shoes.
This is deliberately to keep the sole as thin and as narrow as possible. After all, those are evening shoes: the only outdoor wear they get is from the car/taxi into the venue.
At EG (don't know about RLPL's pricing) the "Carnegie" sells for less than it's welted brethren.
Edward Green makes and sells a welted calf version of the Carnegie. In the past, RLPL has also offered the same model under the name Peering on the 89 last, which I have. I find the calf and welts superior to patent and glue!
I have seen glued EG formal shoes for between $125 and $900. Personally, I would not pay much for glued/cemented EG formal shoes, particularly when they cannot be easily resoled.