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