Originally Posted by PhiloVance
I am the photographer in question
I posted these auctions in the buying and selling section. I dont think the colors are that off, to be honest with you. That being said, they are both dark suede shoes, but I think the photos convey the color of these shoes accurately.
Also, regarding the size, I havent read the EG width designation discussion you refer to, but the shoe was purchased in the US. The shoe lists the width as E (wide), so I'm not sure your determination of a 10.5D is any better than my listing the shoe as a 10E. As a regular size US 10D in most other EGs and C&Js that I've purchased, this shoe is definitely wider than a normal width, whether the person is a 10 or 10.5.
Sorry, Philo. I wasn't impugning your photographic skills; the fact is that almost no one (well maybe Zegnamtl can) can get dark-colored suede to look lifelike in a photograph. I think your pictures are excellent given what you're working with. If these are EG's mink suede, they will be close to the darkest color you have in your pictures.
As for size, the Aspreys have the designation 10/10 1/2E. This is the standard EG designation of shoe length: the first number being the size in the UK system, and the second in the US system. All EGs are marked this way (and even the ones they make for the primarily-US-market RLPL line are similarly marked). Thus, we'd read this as size 10 1/2 US. As for the width designation, there was recent discussion earlier in this thread in which the question of whether or not the fitting given by EG corresponded to the same width letter in the US system. Bengal-stripe (who knows a thing or three about shoes) suggested that this was the case--that is, assume that whatever letter is indicated corresponds to the same width in the US system. I (who know less about shoes) suggested, on the other hand, that this wasn't true in my own experience with EGs, and the EG customer-service rep confirmed this. That is, in my opinion, you should consider an EG shoe marked as an E fitting as corresponding to a US D-width--and so on, down the letters, so that, for example an EG C width (which I have) would correspond to a US B width. This "one letter down" rule, as we might say, applies without any question with respect to C&J and other English makers. For this reason (and I qualified this in my comments), I suggested, therefore, that a more precise size description of these Asprey shoes for the North American audience would be 10 1/2D. I don't think that there's any question about the 10 1/2 part. There might be a little disagreement about the D part, but all of my experience points to this one-letter down conversion as well.
That being said, I think these are lovely shoes (hence my flagging them in the first place) and definitely worth the $2.25 that is the current bid.