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I am going to be placing an order for a pair of Edward Green's Dover shoe in the next week or two. I'm thinking dark oak might be the most versatile, though I also like burnt pine. Also, regarding the lasts -- does anyone have an opinion on what the most elegant last number is? Would any of the square-toed lasts "work" with the Dover, such as the 888?

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Both colors mentioned would be my choices too. Burnt pine has a hint of green or moss that dark oak does not have.

I think the split toe looks good on all the lasts. It makes the 202 toe, which is a touch on the round side, not quite so round. That's a good thing I think.
 

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I am going to be placing an order for a pair of Edward Green's Dover shoe in the next week or two. I'm thinking dark oak might be the most versatile, though I also like burnt pine. Also, regarding the lasts -- does anyone have an opinion on what the most elegant last number is? Would any of the square-toed lasts "work" with the Dover, such as the 888?
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Top of RTW English shoe-making? IMO it's the Dover. balance and gravitas. The Willow calf- Dark Oak, as below, is my fav EG skin, and the 82 below, is my fav last. Don't think they do the willow anymore (it's boarded in one direction to get the variegated finish) but the ordinary dark oak is so versatile it's hard to beat- and to my eye the EG antiquing is at its best on this color. The 82 last, elongated round, makes the Dover a dressy shoe that it's not so much on the 202. Haven't tried it on the 888 but from pics it works.



Can I suggest u consider either the Demeter-Halmos version MTO?- less $s and more hand work, (altho the upper is machine stitched and the Dover pie crust is the stuff of legend). It's on the left in old Freudenburg stock as used by Cleverly, with Goyser stitching. Or there's the Vass Norweger, also MTO. On the P2 last in chestnut below. They don't have an oak, but they have dark brown. I think the best skin for the Vass is their burgundy cordovan (still less expensive all up than the EG) or have it made on their dark cognac. It's a classic shoe but much more casual than most Dovers.

 
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