Woofa

Super Member
Roger has posted a pair of beautiful G&G boots in Kudu for sale. Being unfamiliar with this type of leather I have been doing some research and I am probably more confused now than I was before I started.
From what I can tell, Kudu can be used to describe either the leather from an African Antelope, such as these Kudu suede shoes from Rancourt (and Roger’s G&G):

https://www.rancourtandcompany.com/clymer-flint-kudu-suede-24696.html

Or it can mean a calfskin leather made by Horween that has been heavily oiled
and which has a waxy appearance similar to these alden Indy’s.

https://aldenmadison.com/collection/indy-boot-kudu-leather-404/

In the case of the Aldens, I have read that the leather is actually thicker than most calf skin and in fact, might be comparable to shell cordovan regarding ability to last a lifetime but in a much more casual look which will not develop the deep coloring of Shell over time which can lend itself to a more formal pairing.
So, can anyone clarify their experience with “Kudu.” Regarding the Horween version, anyone have any experience with look, wear, longevity?
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

Advanced Member
A kudu, as I have experienced it, is an african antelope,known in latin as tragelaphus strepsiceros. I have shot two, they produce about 130kg of tasty meat, are organic and make great skins for the floor.

Cheers,

BSR
 

Semper Jeep

Senior Member
I had a pair of Alden's kudu longwings. I wore them frequently through a couple of winters and they held up superbly to the elements here in the Great Lakes (snow, sleet, ice, salt). I ended up selling them during a closet purge. My take-away from owning a pair is that they are extremely durable but extremely casual. The leather cracks and creases in a manner similar to CXL but most CXL can at least hold a bit of a shine. The heavily-oiled nature of Alden's kudu meant there was no way to get a shine on them. They were easy to care for with just a brush and shoetrees though. Even after a couple of years, I don't think I ever added any cream or oils and other than the creases, they looked the same as the day I took them out of the box.

They looked great with jeans and casual cords or moleskin, but I had a hard time wearing them with anything more refined, that's not a complaint, just something to take into consideration. I've decided that if I were to ever get anything else in that leather I would prefer something more casual like an NST or chukka boot.

I knew when I was buying them that they weren't really made from kudu. I never understood why Alden calls it that, but also never really bothered to look into it.

I haven't handled Rancourt's but from the reviews I've read, it's supposedly very nice and comparable to a rough-out suede and still quite durable.
 

RogerP

Connoisseur
I can confirm that the Alden "Kudu" is damned near indestructible. The uppers on this pair wore like iron. I wish I could say the same for the outsole, which wore out with disappointing rapidity.

 

chosenhandle

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I have a pair of AE kudu derbys. Like the others said, they are just about indestructible and clean up beautifully. It is my favorite pair of kicks on the weekends.
 

Woofa

Super Member
Thanks. I actually like both versions of kudu but was unclear on why they had the same name. I will just chalk this up to a poorly named shoe by alden, etc. but still one in which I have some interest.
Appreciate your input and will post if I can get a hold of a pair.
 
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