EG vs. St. Crispin's

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  1. ragdoll

    ragdoll Senior member

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    I was considering purchasing a couple of pairs of high end shoes and have narrowed it down to EG and St. Crispins which are about the same price range (perhaps St. Crispin's is 10% more).
    Does anyone have an informed opinion of which is the better shoe either in terms of construction, materials or style?
    Any other suggestions in this price range? Vass, of course, but that has been discussed ad nauseum[​IMG] !
     
  2. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My advice would be to go with the shoes that is most pleasing to your eye, at those prices ranges and given both brands reputation you can't go wrong either way.
     
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    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I totally agree with Bill. If you add John Lobb to the mix with St. Crispin's and EG you've got a wide variety of styles that are all exceptionally well made. It simply comes down to fit and taste as you won't go wrong with any of these.
     
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    Make sure you try both on before buying, I'd never suggest ordering online or via phone if you have no prior experience with the brand. Sizing seems to be more of an art than science.
     
  5. UR003

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    St. Crispin's have more handwork; also the shoes are more asymmetrical. On some pairs you can still sea the wooden pens used to attach different layers of leather (of the sole) to each other. The leather of the heel is also attached by wooden pens. The heel cap (I mean the piece of leather or plastic between the upper and the inner that supports your heel) is very elongated, to halfway the arch of your foot. Very nice.
    However, there are only two pairs I would consider buying, the Bicolore and the Seamless, whereas there are over five pairs of EG I plan to purchase in the future. The toe boxes of the Crispin's are just a bit too high to my liking. This, of course, is something you won't notice yourself when wearing the shoes. And I do have to say, they are a very nice walk. Better than EG, imho. So I would buy the Greens if I went for the looks, and the Crispin's if comfort were more important to me. Also, the Crispin's are the more artisanal of the two brands. St. Crispin's also has a made to order program, and a bespoke. Here in Holland, if you buy MTO, the lasted(!) shoe trees are included free of charge. (Don't know about RTW.)
     
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    Take into consideration which one A)fits the best and B) looks the best to you and fits your needs. No point in buying a shoe that is better quality (and at this point its very close and both are great shoes) that your not gonna be comfy in or feel like you look good in.
     
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    St. Crispin's have more handwork; also the shoes are more asymmetrical. On some pairs you can still sea the wooden pens used to attach different layers of leather (of the sole) to each other. The leather of the heel is also attached by wooden pens. The heel cap (I mean the piece of leather or plastic between the upper and the inner that supports your heel) is very elongated, to halfway the arch of your foot. Very nice.
    However, there are only two pairs I would consider buying, the Bicolore and the Seamless, whereas there are over five pairs of EG I plan to purchase in the future. The toe boxes of the Crispin's are just a bit too high to my liking. This, of course, is something you won't notice yourself when wearing the shoes. And I do have to say, they are a very nice walk. Better than EG, imho. So I would buy the Greens if I went for the looks, and the Crispin's if comfort were more important to me. Also, the Crispin's are the more artisanal of the two brands. St. Crispin's also has a made to order program, and a bespoke. Here in Holland, if you buy MTO, the lasted(!) shoe trees are included free of charge. (Don't know about RTW.)

    Are you a stijlforum member? I just ordered a pair of St. Crispin's (the Seamless) and it sounds like you already have some experience with the brand. St. Crispins seemed to fit me better than EG so that's why I went with them. Apart from that I like the seamless, but I don't know about their other models. They seem a bit off on the photos.
     
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    I'm sooo busted. Yes I am (a member of the Dutch stijlforum.nl that is).
    I tried on a pair of St. Crispin's at Sir Max in Amsterdam. Really liked the way they walked, the support and the fit. But as I wrote above, there are only two models I would like to own. I really think the toe box is a bit too high. The other pairs that are offered by Sir Max, I don't like them, really. So it will be Edward Green for me in the near future, and perhaps the Bicolore by St. Crispin's. But a spectator is a shoe one buys when one owns plenty of other quality shoes, and I haven't reached the point yet that I can say that I do.
     
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    I'm sooo busted. Yes I am (a member of the Dutch stijlforum.nl that is).
    I tried on a pair of St. Crispin's at Sir Max in Amsterdam. Really liked the way they walked, the support and the fit. But as I wrote above, there are only two models I would like to own. I really think the toe box is a bit too high. The other pairs that are offered by Sir Max, I don't like them, really. So it will be Edward Green for me in the near future, and perhaps the Bicolore by St. Crispin's. But a spectator is a shoe one buys when one owns plenty of other quality shoes, and I haven't reached the point yet that I can say that I do.

    Migliore?

    I agree that the toe box on most models could be a bit more elegant. But I think the shoes look completely different once you wear them. They become less 'clunky' and just look right. At least to my eye.
     
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    I have to agree with you on that. And when the view from the top is different for the wearer, my guess is the same goes for admirers. But I like to look at shoes both when I am and am not wearing them (sounds a little sick, I know), so I would rule out buying any other St. Crispin's than the Seamless and BiColore (esp. like the latter). I am not Migliore, though I do share his taste in shoes (a bit).
     

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