- Nov 14, 2017
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Since you mentioned it, the other company that EG is often compared to is GG. GG makes fantastic shoes. Other than not fitting me well, the other personal issue I have with GG is their overall aesthetic.Definitely true. I find my personal preferences have evolved since September when I l accepted I won't be returning to the office in the foreseeable future. These days I'm into more casual leather and colors and rubber sole, otherwise DOAK would've been up there on my list. I bought three balmoral boots earlier this year (Redwood Shannon on 202, DOAK Shannon on 82, tan hatch grain G&G Canterbury), and will need to find a new home for at least a couple of the boots. Will probably keep the Canterbury because of double wensum sole.
IMO, GG makes much sexier and more photogenic shoes compared to EG. They look amazing dressed up but herein lies the problem (also speaks to your comment about being casual). GG is hard to dress down and be worn casually.
In comparison, EG tends to be "just" conservative and smart. That subdued nature lends itself to either being worn casually (Chelsea notwithstanding) or formally (Chelsea).
I don't believe that GG offers that versatility across their spectrum of styles, colors, and lasts.
We'll use one of my favorite styles for comparative purposes. The Hove and Dover are each of their company's flagship SpTD. The Dover is hella more versatile, and although I'm biased it doesn't make the comment false haha.
Shine up those Dovers properly, and you can wear them with a suit in certain offices. Pick'em up in suede or keep them matte, and you can easily wear them with jeans or chinos. Good luck wearing GG's Hove with a pair of jeans. Not that you couldn't wear them that way, but be prepared to have them stand out like a sore thumb within a casual outfit.