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post #31 of 50
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Originally Posted by laxexquis View Post
Hahaha, I am a criminal attorney.


I suppose you mean criminal defense attny.

Burgundy or brown is the only way to go with shell cordovan IMO.
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Siggy View Post
I suppose you mean criminal defense attny.

Burgundy or brown is the only way to go with shell cordovan IMO.

Hahahahaha, of course I mean criminal defense attorney. My dad is a criminal defense attorney also and I remember being asked in school what my father does and I was afraid to say it (criminal attorney) because I thought it sounded like my dad was a criminal.

I agree with you on the shell, the black just looks to shiny and fake.

This would be the style I would get no matter what, but I don't like it in black cordovan:

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ght=alden+9016

John
post #33 of 50
I have several pairs of shell in black. I find that it ages nicely and looks great. I enjoy my black shell shoes as much as all the other colors I have.
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by DandySF View Post
I'm impressed to see a posting from the main (only?) cordovan supplier in the US. Straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

Glad to hear
post #35 of 50
I love Horween cordovan, and to my eye, it often makes a pedestrian (yes, I know) shoe in calf a fantastic shoe in cordo...if you value a less formal aesthetic.

- B
post #36 of 50
I think Cordovan has it's place in every man's wardrobe. To have shoes exclusively in one type of leather is deprivation. I love my Alden and RL Cordovans as much as my CJ and AE Calf's. Each have their pros and cons but having them both available allows you to use their advantages to the outfit and situation your in.

Just my .02
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by ProfessorShak View Post
I think Cordovan has it's place in every man's wardrobe. To have shoes exclusively in one type of leather is deprivation. I love my Alden and RL Cordovans as much as my CJ and AE Calf's. Each have their pros and cons but having them both available allows you to use their advantages to the outfit and situation your in.

Just my .02
I feel the same way. Although I prefer shell, I feel it's important to have calf on hand, too.
post #38 of 50
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Originally Posted by NHorween View Post
Shell Cordovan also wears differently because it has a much finer structure. Meaning, the break across your foot will look great almost indefinitely (in some shoes), compared to any other leather.

Cordovan develops an excellent patina over time, as most know, so lighter colors are fantastic because they really show the leather's character.
Thanks for posting.
post #39 of 50
I have only one pair of shell cordovan shoes -- RL Darltons, which I believe are C&J made.

I have two problems with them. First, the color does not match perfectly between the two shoes -- one is somewhat lighter than the other.

Second, they have developed round spots all over. They look like little bubbles and they have not gone away. I don't know whether they are from rain or too much wax, but I cannot get rid of them!

However, they are very comfortable and seem to mold to the feet better than calf leather shoes. Plus they ARE durable!
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged View Post
I have only one pair of shell cordovan shoes -- RL Darltons, which I believe are C&J made.

I have two problems with them. First, the color does not match perfectly between the two shoes -- one is somewhat lighter than the other.

Second, they have developed round spots all over. They look like little bubbles and they have not gone away. I don't know whether they are from rain or too much wax, but I cannot get rid of them!

However, they are very comfortable and seem to mold to the feet better than calf leather shoes. Plus they ARE durable!

Random bump from the past of the day!

I have the same issue with both pairs or my Darltons. I tried a couple creams and they faded, but they are still there. This came from wearing them on rainy days in order to save my good shoes.
post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post
Random bump from the past of the day!

I have the same issue with both pairs or my Darltons. I tried a couple creams and they faded, but they are still there. This came from wearing them on rainy days in order to save my good shoes.

I've used Saphir's Renovator to remove these greasy spots. Just the tiniest amount is enough with heavy buffing. Do try.
post #42 of 50
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Originally Posted by Qelsem View Post
I've used Saphir's Renovator to remove these greasy spots. Just the tiniest amount is enough with heavy buffing. Do try.

I did try that and it caused some fading. However, brown shoe cream covered it better but not perfectly.
post #43 of 50
no good way to DEGREASE cordo
post #44 of 50
I am still on the fence. I am looking for a good shoe to where with my suits. SF loved cordovan, but I don't know if it's worth the price.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by beowolf View Post
I am still on the fence. I am looking for a good shoe to where with my suits. SF loved cordovan, but I don't know if it's worth the price.
Cordovan is a more casual leather and usually should not be worn with suits--unless it is a casual suit.
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