I always go into Saks Off 5th because you really never know what you’re going to get. A few months ago I went in and found a pair of Edward Green Cadogan oxfords on sale for $325. So this past Sunday I walked in with the hopes of finding something else good since I knew the chances of finding another pair of EG’s would be tiny.
Well sure enough, on my way out of the shoe section I saw a single suede shoe that i recognized missing it’s inner heel pad and without a price. They were the Edward Green Dovers! The super nice associate (rare at SO5) checked the back of the store and came out with the other shoe that was marked at $1176 - out of my budget! But then he was like, well they’ve been here for a while so let me see what I can do. He comes back and tells me they’re down for $99.99. I couldn’t believe it. Of course I said thank you as calmly as I could, and promptly grabbed them out of his hands. I have a feeling he was bored and saw I was interested and just changed the price for me lol.
Wanted to share the story but here are some details:
The shoes themselves are gorgeous and the suede does in fact feel like top of the line stuff. It has a buttery feel and very tight texture. EG says on their site they only use hides with “unsplit skins” to retain structure and shape. The apron is stunning and the split toe, made with a boar’s bristle is extremely elegant and unique since the stitching is not clearly visible. I love the fact that these are unlined which makes them soft and light. Plus the details on the interior is stunning. Stitching and QC is all flawless as well. I also admire that leather interlining that EG uses between the inner and outer part of the shell. It gives the shoe structure and shape.
The last on this pair is the 202 which is roomy, yet they feel a bit narrower and sleeker than my Cadogans which are also on the 202. My Cadogans are a UK8.5 and these are labeled 9/9.5E yet they feel similar. I think my favorite design element is the heel which has a wonderful shape and curve that cups the heel in place. Despite these being probably a half size bigger than what I would buy if given the option, I don’t have any heel slippage when I walk in them.
The sole is made of rubber which is a lot more functional and practical compared to leather. Their leather soles are fantastic but these will probably last a lot longer and are also lighter.
At the end of the day, this is the GY fans’s equivalent of... keep reading on reddit ➡
First, the details:
Background To Purchase
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been digging everything and anything roughout. My purchases lately have been as follows, watch-strap, Viberg’s, Red Wing and now Jim Green. All in roughout leather. I initially thought I had had my fix. The Viberg’s have easily become my favorite pair of boots with the Iron Rangers 8083 not far behind. So where does Jim Green come in? About a month ago, I was on YouTube when one of my recommended videos was from Carl Murawski titled “Move Over Clark’s! The Best Summer Boots - Jim Green Vellie.” Up to this point I had zero idea what a Vellie was or who Jim Green is as a company.
After watching his video, I thought it was something worth trying. Not only were they in a roughout leather (the website says suede but they definitely feel and look more like roughout), but they were also incredibly cheap at around $89. With summer on the horizon I also wanted something I could wear with shorts and these fit the bill. I figured that, for a resoleable shoe in that kind of leather, I had nothing to lose. Here is the part that bummed me out, after clicking on the link I noticed they were all sold out. Not only the chestnut colored Vellie that I wanted, but the chocolate color was only available in a few sizes and mine was gone. I emailed Jim Green and after a couple hours, they responded and basically said “hey we’re sorry we’re out of stock but we’ve had a huge influx of orders that we weren’t ready for. We’ll have more of them available for the U.S. in May.” So I saved the link as a tab and every couple days I checked. One day I had basically stopped checking since they were always sold out and, out of boredom, decided to give one last look before bed. Sure enough, they were back! In all sizes as well. I purchased it on the spot and the next morning when I went back to their website, they were, once again, completely sold out.
My brannock size is around 8.5D and I normally size down to either 8 or 7.5 if I want a snugger fit (unless... keep reading on reddit ➡
I had a pair of the suede Pacer boots arrive today. These are nice boots for the price. The description doesn't state so, but in addition to the Vibram soles, the suede is from CF Stead (both companies are household names in the GYW community). The other Kenton models are on sale as well, but the leather on the ones I handled this year felt cheap to me. The Pacer ran true-to-Brannock for me.
edit: Since I already had these out, here's some photos compared against a pair of Wolverine 1ks and RMW Comfort Craftsman. The RMWs will be going up for sale soon (but not at J.Crew Kenton prices haha)