I have both the 82 and the 888 in the Westminster - maybe the offerings have changed since I bought them.
Edited by jhcam8 - 7/5/14 at 4:21pm
Trying to purchase my first EG and leaning toward Malvern or Asquith.
How do the 82 and 888 lasts compare to Vass F? I have a very high instep and often have a large "V" gap in oxfords. Size 42 in Vass F fits me a touch long but overall very well. The laces close with about a 1/4 inch gap.
Do EG's 82 and 888 lasts accommodate high insteps as well Vass F? Any other major fit differences?
Thats some really nice old age hoarding right there. Great stuff! Congrats.
How does the shearling hold up in these boots?
With the shearling lining are they comfortable for use in Autumn and Spring, or does it relegate it to being a Winter only boot.
Shearing is looking a little bit thin after two years' wear but in good condition and they barely got worn last winter due to most of Britain just having a six-month wet autumn instead!
Seasonal wear will be relative to your local conditions, of course, but I could wear these between October and February or March if I wanted too, and that's in the mild UK climate.
If you're after a proper, shearling-lined winter boot though then Cheaney have some decent models which, to me, are much more suitable and you'll be quids in because they're less than half the retail price of EG. I own the Irvine brogue boot by them which is fully lined as opposed to just the leg of the boot, as per the Galway. Not as classy and definitely chunkier but but possibly more suited than even the 64 last Galway to a decent chunky winter wardrobe.
I find Cheaney lasts to be "clownish" with those toe box .. The reason I never bought anything from them, though I'm sure they have a good price/value ratio ..
Having shearling in the boots is useless if you live in the cities, imo .. Wherever you go, AC is on- malls/buildings/parking lots .. My feet would boil in those boots .. They make sense if you would walk in a snow for a longer distances, or go to mountain on vacation..