Well, there's cordovan and there's cordovan. The shell cordovan found on Alden and Allen-Edmonds shoes tends to be very thick, imparting a somewhat massive scale to the shoes and making them pretty much unsuitable, in my opinion, for wear with fine suits. On the other hand, your Carmina cordovans will, I think, be much less that way, so that you will have all the advantages you have noted for cordovan at the same time as shoes that have some elegance and sleekness to them. The other source I'd consider for cordovan is Vass. The upcharge for cordovan at Vass is about 25%, and their cordovan does not seem to have the thick, massive quality to it that Alden's does. Also, as far as I know, it can be had in any of about 15 colors. For a really super shoe, one might consider the Oxford Medallion, 3-eyelet Londoner, or Monk Shoe, all on the U-last, in cordovan. Since you are in Hong Kong (I believe), you could get in touch with Gabor Halmos for Vass shoes at a reasonable price (unless Vass is being sold by retail stores in HK).
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8/10/06 at 10:53am