While in NY on business last week I dropped by Saks to check out the current inventory of EG shoes. Although they had a large selection on display (Dover, Berkeley, Cadogan, Olney, Chelsea, Southwold, Ashby and some casuals) they had very few in my size (I am normally an 8.5/9 D in EG and own shoes on the 606, 202 and 89 lasts.) I asked to try on the Ashby, which Saks is carrying on the 606 last. The salesman informed me that they did not have an 8.5/9 but that I should nevertheless try on the 9/9.5 because the Ashby allegedly fits differently than other EG shoes. At first, I thought the salesman was just trying to push a shoe that I knew would be too big for me. You see, I have the Dover on the 606 last in size 8.5/9 and it fits my foot like a second skin. Given the similarity in appearance between the Dover and Ashby, I did not think there would be any way the 9/9.5 would fit. I was wrong. I was surprised to learn that the salesman was exactly right. The Ashby fits much more narrowly than the Dover and, as it turns out, the 9/9.5 was exactly the right fitting. Out of curiosity, I then asked to try a Dover in the 9/9.5. It was HUGE on my foot. Thus, either the Ashby runs a size smaller or the pair of shoes I bought was mismarked. Overall, the experience was excellent and I would reccomend buying EG shoes at Saks. The prices were very competitive and, if you have them shipped to another state, Saks will not impose sales tax (even if they have a store located in the state where you live).
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11/14/04 at 10:02pm