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Edward Green Black Newbury: 888 or 606 last?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    I'm thinking of getting an Edward Green Newbury in black. I remember my first visit to the Berluti store in midtown and for whatever reason wanted a black wholecut after that.

    I always thought I wanted this on the 888 last, but the 606 is making me think. Would the softer square toe be better than the sharper, sleeker look on a black wholecut? Thoughts?
     
  2. william

    william Senior member

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    I'd go with the 606 myself.
     
  3. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    I agree. The 606 is more timeless.
     
  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    if youre getting the newbury in black i recommend 82 last as that seems more appropriate for a dressier black wholecut. i like 606 on derbies and bluchers but that's me.
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    are we talking about wholecuts like the weymouth without a medallion?
     
  7. Drydis Greis

    Drydis Greis Senior member

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    I agree. The 606 is more timeless.

    Have to agree. Love the 606 Last.
     
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    The 606 is a wonderfully classic last and IMO overall a better fitting last than the elongated and somewhat "pinched" 808.
     
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    coolshoes Senior member

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    Oops, meant to say 888!
     
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    hangten Senior member

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    to put a spin on this, I prefer the 808 to the other lasts.
     
  12. Shikar

    Shikar Senior member

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    I like the 8000 last.[​IMG]

    Regards.
     
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  14. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Has anyone ever seen or posted a photo of a Newbury in 888 and in 606 side by side? (Paging aportnoy?)
     
  15. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    From that it actually looks as if the 888 is better!
     
  16. braised

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    J, my advice is to think about this differently.

    Choose the last that best mimics or fits your foot, not which pleases your eye in a photograph. With no seams to confer structure and shape to the shoe, you are relying completely on the last. Any imperfections in fit will be magnified by a wholecut.

    The 606 and 888 fit differently. After trial and error, I've found that the 808 works best for my feet which are relatively narrow across the span and shallow. The 888 is longer and the 606 is wider across the span or knuckles of the foot. You can interpret the view above that "606 is for derbies" to functionally mean that you can wear a thicker woolen sock with them in the winter (thicker being relative, Greens being "thin sock shoes") because of the shaping.

    Take a look at your current Green's, if the facings close when you lace them up and you otherwise like the look and feel of the last, my advice would be to order the wholecuts "lace open" so that laces can close the shoe and provide structure across the instep.

    So, what looks best? That which fits looks best.

    You're going to spend a grand on the shoes, spend the time to get it right.

    B
     
  17. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Thanks all. I think I really prefer the 888 last. I just have not been able to find a photo of the 606. Aportnoy's from the shoe pictorial index doesn't really show the last shape because it's a suede shoe and because of the angle.
     
  18. rlx

    rlx Senior member

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    I have the Newbury with the medalian in the 888 in burnt pine. This wholecut looks great on the 888.
     
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    kolecho Senior member

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    Buy them in a last that fits you. If both 888 and 606 fit you equally well, pick the one that looks better to you.
     
  20. Spatlese

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    ^^ Agree and hope it's the 888!
     

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