First Edward Green, now... Albaladejo. This is a (another) great development for those of us in DC. Albaladejo is a Spanish maker that makes some of the world's best men's shoe. Sky Valet will solely be carrying their cordovan shoes, at least in the beginning. However, the entire line will be available to order. As with Edward Green, Sky Valet will be the only store in the DC metro area carrying Albaladejo. I saw the 10 or so sample pairs of shoes they had in the shop today -- not a dog in the bunch. The soles are beautifully channelled. The interiors and finishing are stunning. Though cordovan, the shoes are not the heavy lugs that Alden cordovans are. The lasts are just contemporary enough too -- comparable to EG's 888 last I'd say. To give you a hint of the variety, one of the shoes on display is their famous dark green (sort of green/brownish marbled) cordovan split-toe blucher. Another was two eyelet derby with a very long vamp. Another was a classic "businessman's" wingtip with amazing intricate brogueing. ALL of them had the most amazing shine as you get from cordovan. Interestingly, the shoes are not at all heavy and seemingly inappropriate for summertime, as often seems to be the case with Alden cordovan shoes. Price is expected to be $525-$550. (Just $50-$75 more than Alden cordovan shoes. Arrival at Sky Valet of regular stock for purchase will be in about 3 months. The shoes they currently have on display are just showing off -- letting customers know what will be coming. Adam and his brother (anyone know his name?) seemed very excited about getting Albaladejo. Rightly so.
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5/8/05 at 1:07am