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If you're doing an MTO, I'm pretty sure they'll be able to accommodate you even now.
Yeah, you’re probably right. I’m not doing an MTO though, at least not yet, as I have no clue what I want. Will sit this one out to see what comes along as regular models or GMTOs.

Thanks, hadn’t seen those! Is grey country calf common? Don’t think I have seen it. Looks pretty dark, almost black?
 

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Yeah, you’re probably right. I’m not doing an MTO though, at least not yet, as I have no clue what I want. Will sit this one out to see what comes along as regular models or GMTOs.



Thanks, hadn’t seen those! Is grey country calf common? Don’t think I have seen it. Looks pretty dark, almost black?

not sure how common it is. Gentlemens footwear has one though

 

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Hi, I wanted to get y 'all's input on EGs. I never thought I'd get sucked into this shoe rabbit hole, but spend enough time on these forums, the deeper you get.

Where do y'all usually purchase EGs? I know my sizing, so is the EU route cheaper?
How much difference are there between the lasts 202, 606, etc?
 

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not sure how common it is. Gentlemens footwear has one though

I am a big fan of the khaki waxed sued but sadly (except for my wallet) not in my size.

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Hi, I wanted to get y 'all's input on EGs. I never thought I'd get sucked into this shoe rabbit hole, but spend enough time on these forums, the deeper you get.

Where do y'all usually purchase EGs? I know my sizing, so is the EU route cheaper?
How much difference are there between the lasts 202, 606, etc?
Don’t know about relative cost but the 202 last is the most generous along with the 72 last. After that it depends on your foot shape. So, I find the 606 last too short and narrow in my size but the 82 last a great fit. Many others would have the opposite experience. The 888 last is snug but IME a good fitting last. The 64 last is too short for me and the heel too loose but the above 72 last is perfect for me for country boots/shoes. Of the loafer lasts the 61 is most generous fit , the 184 last is least generous. I like the 100 loafer last too.
I have no experience of their other lasts.
 

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Question for the masses/experts from a neophyte on how EG leather (non-shell) ages. Background on my question for perspective. I am looking for a versatile dress boot (business casual) to replace a few pairs that I currently have. I have settled on a Galway as I love their variation with suede trunks. Because I'm generally a shell guy, I had landed on the cognac / snuff model and was ready to pull the trigger yesterday when fortuitously, these in dark oak and mint suede appeared in an ad in my browser. While a shell guy, I'm not so sure that I don't like the dark oak version a little more. But with shell, I am in the camp that well-cared for shell actually looks better as it ages. And that is the genesis of my question. With regular use (assuming we don't get another covid hit), will I be looking to transition the dark oak pair to casual because they look a little beat up or will I want to wear them more as they age (as I do with shell)?

I know it's subjective but appreciate any thoughts. Also, anyone have pictures of aged dark oaks, I would love to see them.
 

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Don’t know about relative cost but the 202 last is the most generous along with the 72 last. After that it depends on your foot shape. So, I find the 606 last too short and narrow in my size but the 82 last a great fit. Many others would have the opposite experience. The 888 last is snug but IME a good fitting last. The 64 last is too short for me and the heel too loose but the above 72 last is perfect for me for country boots/shoes. Of the loafer lasts the 61 is most generous fit , the 184 last is least generous. I like the 100 loafer last too.
I have no experience of their other lasts.
Thanks for the breakdown! I do have a slightly wider width and narrow heel. Seems like 202 and 72 are safe bets for now until I try the others on in person.
 

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Question for the masses/experts from a neophyte on how EG leather (non-shell) ages. Background on my question for perspective. I am looking for a versatile dress boot (business casual) to replace a few pairs that I currently have. I have settled on a Galway as I love their variation with suede trunks. Because I'm generally a shell guy, I had landed on the cognac / snuff model and was ready to pull the trigger yesterday when fortuitously, these in dark oak and mint suede appeared in an ad in my browser. While a shell guy, I'm not so sure that I don't like the dark oak version a little more. But with shell, I am in the camp that well-cared for shell actually looks better as it ages. And that is the genesis of my question. With regular use (assuming we don't get another covid hit), will I be looking to transition the dark oak pair to casual because they look a little beat up or will I want to wear them more as they age (as I do with shell)?

I know it's subjective but appreciate any thoughts. Also, anyone have pictures of aged dark oaks, I would love to see them.
Don't have any experience with shell, but to me dark oak ages really handsomely. My most worn DOAK is on the Belgravia, which are nearly up for a resole. I've pampered it quite a lot in terms of shoe care but plenty of examples throughout the thread and across the internet of other pairs, with varying stages of wear/age.
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P.S. Look at this one. From this article on EG's website.
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Don't have any experience with shell, but to me dark oak ages really handsomely. My most worn DOAK is on the Belgravia, which are nearly up for a resole. I've pampered it quite a lot in terms of shoe care but plenty of examples throughout the thread and across the internet of other pairs, with varying stages of wear/age.
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P.S. Look at this one. From this article on EG's website.
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This was really helpful and gave me precisely what I was looking for. Much appreciated, thanks! And oh yeah, yours have aged much better than the examples provided in the article. Nicely done.
 

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Question for the masses/experts from a neophyte on how EG leather (non-shell) ages. Background on my question for perspective. I am looking for a versatile dress boot (business casual) to replace a few pairs that I currently have. I have settled on a Galway as I love their variation with suede trunks. Because I'm generally a shell guy, I had landed on the cognac / snuff model and was ready to pull the trigger yesterday when fortuitously, these in dark oak and mint suede appeared in an ad in my browser. While a shell guy, I'm not so sure that I don't like the dark oak version a little more. But with shell, I am in the camp that well-cared for shell actually looks better as it ages. And that is the genesis of my question. With regular use (assuming we don't get another covid hit), will I be looking to transition the dark oak pair to casual because they look a little beat up or will I want to wear them more as they age (as I do with shell)?

I know it's subjective but appreciate any thoughts. Also, anyone have pictures of aged dark oaks, I would love to see them.
Shawn - the EG skins are really wonderful. They are easily maintained with shoe creams. Since you don't have anything in smooth calf that'd be my vote. You won't be disappointed
 

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This was really helpful and gave me precisely what I was looking for. Much appreciated, thanks! And oh yeah, yours have aged much better than the examples provided in the article. Nicely done.
These are my oldest pairs over 10 yrs and going 10 years and haven't seen any product in a few years

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Much thanks @jischwar. Always very helpful. I absolutely agree with your logic and kind of figured as much on the aging of the leather, given the quality of EG. As luck would have it, I just went to pull the trigger only to find that they are out of stock in my 8.5E size. Looks like Leffot has a very simily boot but with the rubber R1 sole, which I could absolutely live with but alas, as luck would have it, they are out of my size as well. I could not find any other retailers with that particular combination.

I'll reach out to EG to see when they may have another run. I can certainly wait to get what I want.

Edit - good grief. Yeah, I could absolutely end up with non-shells that age like that. Those pic's seal the deal!
 

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