Two EG MTO’s arrived recently, each a favorite derby and oxford of mine. I own a pair of the Perth and have a pair of Falkirk on order.
Perth 888 last Burgundy Crup – MTO
Falkirk 888 last Burnt Pine – MTO
I really love the brouging on the Falkirk; the thistle toe medallion in particular is quite exceptional.
It was time to polish my EG Perth’s in Burnt Pine so I thought I would share the stages with you. As I begin the first photo is the Perth as they are and you can see the need for polishing.
Next step is removing the laces; I like to polish my shoes on the trees, I feel the polish covers more evenly.
I begin to polish with a clean white tee shirt and neutral wax polish (I do this quickly and with a small amount of polish to avoid streaking).
The wax is on and drying for a few minutes.
I brush the shoes with an old horsehair brush that belonged to my grandfather. You can also buff with a cloth, but I like the action of rubbing the brush across the leather. I also think it brings out a nicer luster and works the polish into the leather better.
And Viola! In five simple steps the uppers look great. I didn’t do the sole edges this time since they still look good. I don’t over polish my shoes since I rotate them often but I enjoy the process. I also love the way the EG’s age they take on a well worn and cared for look that is just beautiful.
Joe F. recently posted a great question, “What’s the difference between the EG Dover and the Perth ?” A very good question indeed. I would also like to add to this comparison the Ecton . Here are the 3 shoes for your inspection.
The Dover on the 606 (?) last with a double leather sole
The Ecton and the Dover are quite similar, in fact I would argue the Ecton is the evolution of the Dover . The main difference being 5 eyelets on the Dover and 3 on the Ecton and the quarter panel on the back of the Dover that gives it a heavier look. I think of the Dover as a true country shoe, since it’s usually seen on a double leather sole, on a 606 or 808 last. Both have the same U tip, skin stitching on the toe.
The Ecton on the 82 last with a Single Leather Sole
This brings me to the first difference between the Dover and the Perth . The Perth has a raised tube stitch on the toe. While it has 5 eyelets the shoe just looks sleeker especially on the 82 last. The longer toe gives it a refined feel. But the main difference is of course the saddle and hand punching. The curve of the saddle softens the lines of the shoe making it more than just a classic derby.
The Perth on the 82 last with a single leather sole
I enjoy wearing my Perth’s very much because A) they are so very comfortable and B) I love the way they look. I just placed an MTO for a pair of Dover’s on a 606 last in Antique Maple with heavy antiquing for our good client JC. I’ll post them when they arrive, no doubt they’ll be beautiful. In my opinion these models look best in the lighter color leathers.
Joe, I hope that helps explains the difference. Incidentally Edward Green Managing Director Hilary Freeman (below) informed me recently that the Dover was voted “Best Shoe in Japan.” Hardly a surprise.
The Green Team at Leffot
Robert Godly EG US Agent, Steven Taffel, Hilary Freeman, Xavier Candat EG Sales Manager
I’ve written recently about men buying shoes for their birthdays, well there is another occasion that ranks right up there and that of course is the wedding. Here is a list of shoes that were purchased to be worn to weddings either by the grooms or the guests.
Artioli – 06M090 in Black Calf & Lama
Gaziano & Girling – Westbury in Dark Oak
J.M. Weston-436 in Black Calf
Edward Green – Perth in Burnt Pine
Gaziano & Girling – Mitchell in Black Calf
Church’s – Diplomat in Brown Nevada Calf
Church’s – Consul in Black Calf
While I’m on the subject it’s interesting that in every case the grooms chose the brown shoes and the guests chose the black shoes. This suggests to me that men do not want to appear under dressed at another’s important social event (which is a good thing) and that more men are taking a fresh and less formal approach to their own weddings (also a good thing). And isn’t brown the new black anyway?