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    The most versatile cordovan shoe colour: Dark Brown vs Burgundy

    Gentleman! I think that is an interesting question. What would you choose between 1) Dark brown; 2) Burgundy (lets add color 8 here); Which one do you find more versatile? And in which setup: a)Formal setup (suits); b)Casual (smart); Please list your opinions. I am personally choosing...
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    sales NWOB ALDEN CAPTOE SHELL CORDOVAN BOOTS COLOR 8 SIZES 7.5D, 9D, AND 9.5D

    Gorgeous Alden shell cordovan captoe boots in a color 8. These shoes were made on the Barrie last, which runs about 1/2 size larger. I have them in the following sizes: 7.5D, 9D, and 9.5D. These shoes are first quality. Price is $700 or best offer. Shipping within CONUS is included. Please let...
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    sales NWOB ALDEN SHELL CORDOVAN LONGWING BLUCHERS COLOR 8 9D

    Great pair of Alden shell cordovan longwing bluchers in a color 8. These shoes are 9D and are made using the Barrie last (which runs about 1/2 full size larger). These shoes are 1st quality. I'm selling for $700 or best offer. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you gentlemen
  4. mikeh

    sales Vintage V-cleat Black Shell Cordovan PTB, must be NOS

    Hello gents, I've got these shoes available, and the heels look like they've never been worn. Get a nice piece of history! (There are a few more pictures available on ebay.) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shell-Cordovan-Rare-Vintage-Edgemoor-PTB-plain-toe-V-cleat-leather-sole/112665949798
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    New Shell Cordovan: To Treat or Not to Treat?

    Afternoon, gents! I'm seeking your informed wisdom. I just splurged on my first-ever pair of shell cordovan shoes (AE Dalton), which I still haven't worn beyond trying on indoors. I've spent hours reading various threads here and elsewhere on shell care. I want to protect this investment from...
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    Cracked Cordovan - Any hope?

    I bought this pair of vintage Florsheim shell cordovan longwings, and they arrived with some cracking around a couple of the eyelets. is there any way to revive or repair these? They're hard to see when the shoe is on, so they don't really bother me as a visual flaw, but is there a way to repair...
  7. Mr Jones

    Vintage Lee Kee custom cordovan shoes.

    I found some nice shell cordovan loafers from Hong Kong custom shoemaker Lee Kee. Since they were custom made, no size is indicated. Is there any way to accurately size a shoe besides running around like Cinderella's prince, asking anyone/everyone to try them on for fit? Some sort of expandable...
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    Favorite Alden shell cordovan shoe colors

    Good morning everyone, I have just started purchasing Alden shell cordovan shoes, and I must say, love them! I currently have black and color 8, and eventually want to get all the colors. I'm quite interested in knowing how everyone here would rank the four non-black colors - color #8...
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    Newbie, thanks and observations on Alden vs Allen Edmond Shell

    Hi I am new but reading the forum helped me make the leap from $150 shoes to some "real shoes" -- and I decided that I might as well go whole hog, or rather shell cordovan due to inspiration from this site. So I wanted to thank everyone. I pretty much only wear black shoes (architect...lots of...
  10. Doctor Damage

    Allen Edmonds fall 2011 - new offerings!

    The new AE catalogue is out for Fall 2011 and there's some interesting new models and variations on older ones which I think we should be paying attention to. Here's the link to the catalogue in PDF format (size 7MB, warning for dial-up connections): AE fall 2011. Here's a roundup of a few...
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    I may have ruined my cordovan Florsheims

    I have a pair of 93605 marked Florsheim Longwings. In order to bring out their full potential I (mis)used some polish removal techniques I've picked up on the internet. I used a dull knife edge to scrape out some of the excess polish and then a wet rag to try and scrub the creases. Once I...
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    BB Alden Cordovan Wingtip defect: sigh...

    After waiting several weeks to receive my (long sought after) BB black cordovan wingtips, they finally arrived yesterday (well, actually they arrived at the store over a week ago, and the SA didn't call to let me know until yesterday). I opened the box to inspect them before trying them on; I...
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    Cordovan Shoe Lustre

    Hello all, I have a question about the shine that my shoes give off. I have a pair of shell cordovan captoes from Brooks Brothers that I got about 4 years ago. I really like them, they're certainly comfortable to wear and they've held up great. What's more is that they have a good lustre...
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    Alden...by Any Other Name (?)

    My question is this: I think it's common knowledge, certainly to this Forum, that Alden makes some of the shoes for Brooks Bros. But, in this whole country (or even abroad), do they do so for any other department or clothing store? Only Brooks? I am especially curious about the cordovan lines...
  15. maximar

    Johnston and Murphy Ski-Moc size 9.5M Cordovan color/Burgundy BRAND NEW IN BOX!

    J&M ski-moc Gave them away. Don't know how to delete thread, sorry. Can someone please tell me how to delete?
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    Do we have a definitive/final word on cordovan care? ...

    I've done some searching here and see a bunch of posts on the proper care of cordovan. But I wonder, what's the latest? Is most everyone here in general agreement on the proper care of cordovan? I just ordered the AE longwings in cordovan and also bought a tube of AE cordovan polish. I take it...
  17. clintonf

    My New Alfred Sargent Shoes

    Hi all, this is a cross post from a different forum, but I'm kinda excited about receiving my new Alfred Sargent shoes. These are apparently the direction that AS will be going in the near future. I should be getting these next week (when I may post more pictures), but I was sent these...
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    Are these old wingtips cordovan? ...

    I was helping my dad gather some old things and came across these old shoes. Wingtips from the 70s. He wears them about once every 3 years. They were last polished ... never. ;-) Inside the shoe on the heel it says, "Winthrop Royale Genuine Welt" He seems to think they're cordovan, I'm...
  19. Doctor Damage

    Questions about AE Randolph (shell)...

    I finally saw a pair of these in Toronto a few weeks ago and I was impressed. The AE shell cordovan seems to have a stronger brown shade than the Alden/BB shell, and the leather used for the soles appears to be better than what AE uses on their calfskin shoes. However, I know from...
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    Cordovan Caught in Rain

    Hi, I just got caught in a rainstorm, got my cordovan tassel loafers (AE Graysons) completely wet. Put the trees in them. Is there anything else I need to do? Also, what looks like is going to be the excessive curling of the tassels? Thanks.