Originally Posted by 89826
That is very interesting and puzzling to me. Here's why. Clearly there is a difference between British and American lengths. That is why Green prints two (both) lengths. For many if not most British makers, E is the standard width. I would say in the US a D width is standard. But Green only prints one width. What does that mean? Green has said in the past that their shoes should fit snugly in width, like a slipper. More snugly than Americans are used to. I have always understood the upshot to be that no translation of widths is necessary.
But perhaps Green is giving in to reality and saying Americans expect a UK E to be the standard width for a British-made shoe, and so be it. Perhaps Green is having its cake and eating it too. If they can get Americans to like a snugger width, then fine. If they can't, then when Americans buy a Green E, they just think they are getting the standard British-sized width. Clever, no?
I wear a standard US D width, and all of my Greens are D also. They fit fine. I have lasts 202, 82, and 606. No 888's.
if all of your Greens are D width, that is a UK D width, which is considered, at least by EG, to be slightly more narrow than medium/standard/regular width. Some US retailers carry EGs only in D width and they erroneously tell customers it is standard width.
I agree with you that EGs D width many times doesn't feel much different than a US D width. In my experience, that depends on the last. I have a few 82 lasted bals and the 82D is noticeably more snug than the 82E. Further, my 82D is noticeably more snug than a typical US D width. I can, and do, wear D and E widths in all the lasts you mention. And a D width in the 82 is easily the most snug.