Got my EG Dovers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Baron, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    7,214
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    From ebay - I posted on the temp forum when I won the auction. These are the first pair of Greens I've had. As you can see from the pictures, they're in great shape and were a pretty good deal at $53.

    I do have an issue: these are definitely a tad small. I tried to wear them yesterday but they are just too snug at the ball of my foot and they started to hurt after a little while. They are not too short - is there any reason that these couldn't be stretched for width a bit? I'm assuming that suede will stretch as readily as regular calf, no?

    Also, I've never heard of the 32 last nor did I find it with a search. Anyone familiar with it? One things for sure, now that I've had a small taste, I really want a pair of these or a pair of Yardleys on the 606 or 888 last in Edwardian or burnt pine in the proper size.

    Here are some pictures. The color is closer to the warm taupe in the flash pictures.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     


  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

    Messages:
    10,448
    Likes Received:
    74
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    Pretty good deal? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Tear.
     


  3. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Messages:
    3,134
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1
    I've never seen Dover's in suede--great pickup!

    koji
     


  4. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    7,214
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Pretty good deal? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Tear.

    That was mild understatement[​IMG]. I was surprised - it was a full 7 day auction with a correct subject line and description. They pictures in the auction were pretty bad, but I emailed the seller and she sent me a full batch. I was expecting the price to jump up at the end but there was really no interest - my luck.
     


  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

    Messages:
    4,078
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    U.S.A.

    I do have an issue: these are definitely a tad small. I tried to wear them yesterday but they are just too snug at the ball of my foot and they started to hurt after a little while. They are not too short - is there any reason that these couldn't be stretched for width a bit? I'm assuming that suede will stretch as readily as regular calf, no?


    Read Post#5 by Whoopee

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...680#post143680
     


  6. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

    Messages:
    10,448
    Likes Received:
    74
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    As for the fit, you should just sell them to me at cost and be done with them. Not worth the hassle.

    Honestly, take them to the best shoe repair place you can find. They should be able to stretch them a little without damaging the shoes.
     


  7. Earthmover

    Earthmover Senior member

    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Location:
    Upper West Side
    If the shoes don't work out, please sell to me! What a bargain you got.
     


  8. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

    Messages:
    6,134
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2005
    Baron,

    If I am hearing you correctly, it is a tightness horizontally across your foot? From the ball of your big toe to the side of your pinky toe?

    Depending on how severe it is, and if it is a snugness due to the upper leather against your toes, the shoes may be able to be stretched or popped. Sometimes it even takes repeated attempts. If the shoes are new, they may take some breaking in, especially E. Green suede which can be a bit stiff at first. However, if the actual last, the platform upon which your foot rests, is too narrow, that is not a soluable situation.
     


  9. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    7,214
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    It may be a problem. I'm taking them into a shoe repair joint today to get an opinion. Frankly, they're pretty close to fitting - just a bit narrow near the toe. If I can't work it out, I'll offer them to the forum before putting them back on ebay, but I have a feeling I can solve things.

    That said, I really like these! I love the color of the suede, and how they look with jeans and casual trousers.

    When is the summer EG sale in London? My British girlfriend's brother is getting married on June 25, so I may be in London at around the right time to score a new pair or two in the proper size.
     


  10. kabert

    kabert Senior member

    Messages:
    2,093
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    EG's 32 last is, I believe, an old one that is no longer actively used, though it may be available for special orders. I recall previous discussion about it that it runs small and is a shallower fit than the US-based lasts, such as 202, 606, etc. One more thing -- because 32 is not, I don't think, one of the US-based lasts, I believe the width sizing is "true" UK sizing, meaning a D width is actually a US "C"

    Incredible deal you got though!!
     


  11. tattersall

    tattersall Senior member

    Messages:
    1,236
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2003
    Location:
    Canuckistan


  12. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

    Messages:
    6,134
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2005


  13. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

    Messages:
    10,448
    Likes Received:
    74
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    You'll want to check these out then:
    http://centipede.k-server.org/egdoverstag.html


    Ugh! I think those are awful. They look like they should be worn by someone dressing up as a clydesdale.
     


  14. Charley

    Charley Senior member

    Messages:
    2,612
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Location:
    Senior VP - Follies and Gewgaws
    That shag suede is beautiful. someone had posted a pic of it before. I like it better each time I see it.
     


  15. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    7,214
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    EG's 32 last is, I believe, an old one that is no longer actively used, though it may be available for special orders. I recall previous discussion about it that it runs small and is a shallower fit than the US-based lasts, such as 202, 606, etc. One more thing -- because 32 is not, I don't think, one of the US-based lasts, I believe the width sizing is "true" UK sizing, meaning a D width is actually a US "C"

    Incredible deal you got though!!


    If you're right, then these would be a US 10C - I don't think that's the case because they're a touch shorter in length than most of my shoes. Since they were made for Louis Boston (see pic), doesn't it make sense that they would be marked with US sizing? I'm not familiar enough with EG to know how that works.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by