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post #3256 of 5330
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Can anyone explain the differences between CXL and Cordovan? I'm now thinking about getting these and I'm not sure what is the better option, CXL or Cordovan. Which is more durable and will last longer? I'd either do brown CXL or Espresso Cordovan. Also, what are the positives and negatives of getting them lined v. unlined?
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Espresso Shell Cordovan with tan lining and black camp moc sole:



Brown CXL with Tan lining and camp moc sole:


One thing to note, if you have not already, is that the pricing feature on the MTO page does not seem to be updating as you build the shoe. Noticed this myself when playing around with it the other day. The reason this is notable here is that the espresso cordovan version of this shoe will likely be twice the cost of the CXL version.

Rancourt gives a description of the different leathers on their site under the leather 101 section.
post #3257 of 5330
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Originally Posted by TauKappaEpsilon View Post

Can anyone explain the differences between CXL and Cordovan? I'm now thinking about getting these and I'm not sure what is the better option, CXL or Cordovan. Which is more durable and will last longer? I'd either do brown CXL or Espresso Cordovan. Also, what are the positives and negatives of getting them lined v. unlined?

CXL is thicker, less expensive, and will scuff more to get a real broken in patina. Shell cordovan is highly durable, rarer, thinner, and can be easily brushed up to a shine even after years and years of harsh abuse.

The colors on the custom generator are not accurate, the espresso shell is a much darker brown than that. The generator really doesn't do any of the colors justice.

Lined will be warmer, and arguably more comfortable, with socks. It feels weird to wear without socks, whereas unlined feels comfortable both with or without socks. Unlined breathes better, and will also last longer since its harder to maintain the health of the lining. It's really a personal choice. I always opt for unlined, when I have the chance, with both shell and cxl.
post #3258 of 5330
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Originally Posted by TauKappaEpsilon View Post
 

Can anyone explain the differences between CXL and Cordovan? I'm now thinking about getting these and I'm not sure what is the better option, CXL or Cordovan. Which is more durable and will last longer? I'd either do brown CXL or Espresso Cordovan. Also, what are the positives and negatives of getting them lined v. unlined?

 

Espresso Shell Cordovan with tan lining and black camp moc sole:

 

 

Brown CXL with Tan lining and camp moc sole:

 


 

Brown CXL (Click to show)

 

 

Espresso Shell (Click to show)

 

1000

 

 

Differences:  The way it shines, the finish, the way it creases, the way it stretches, the way it ages...

 

We can try to explain it the best we can, but you really have to experience the difference in order to appreciate it.  You can't go wrong with either.

 

Shell seems more waxy, while CXL seems more oily.  

 

Lined vs unlined:  More comfort vs more structure, weight of the shoe, even though linings wear out as Wdahab mentions, it will take many years for that to happen, so it's not a huge drawback.  Both shoes would likely be retired for other reasons long before the lining becomes an issue, barring any extreme circumstances.  Like Wdahab, I reccommend unlined whenever possible/practical. 

post #3259 of 5330
#8 shell beefrolls this afternoon.

post #3260 of 5330
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

#8 shell beefrolls this afternoon.

 

Very nice.

 

I think I need to get me a pair of those.

post #3261 of 5330
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One thing to note, if you have not already, is that the pricing feature on the MTO page does not seem to be updating as you build the shoe. Noticed this myself when playing around with it the other day. The reason this is notable here is that the espresso cordovan version of this shoe will likely be twice the cost of the CXL version.

Rancourt gives a description of the different leathers on their site under the leather 101 section.

 

I hadn't noticed this when playing with it earlier. Sure would be a lot better if the price would update as you build the shoe. That is instead of having to find out what the actual cost is until after adding it to your cart.

post #3262 of 5330
I think it's a bug. It did update automatically at one point previously.
post #3263 of 5330
It's just unfortunate that it corrects itself when you add it to the cart...I would be all over some $300 shell MTO's
post #3264 of 5330
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It's just unfortunate that it corrects itself when you add it to the cart...I would be all over some $300 shell MTO's

 

Agreed.

 

At that price, I'd be keeping Rancourt awful busy.:)

post #3265 of 5330
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It's just unfortunate that it corrects itself when you add it to the cart...I would be all over some $300 shell MTO's

 

I thought it was time to get excited. :fu: 

post #3266 of 5330

Having the dark brown buckaroo ranger moc on camp moc sole and having brown CXL pinch penny loafers also on camp moc sole, what would you suggest for my next pair of Rancourt? It must be #8 CXL and have camp moc sole. It will be a casual everyday shoe to wear around campus and the city, etc. I'm torn between the camp moc and the beefroll penny loafer. What would you suggest? I typically dress in either dark denim, khaki chinos, or brown cords with OCBD shirts and sweaters. What would be the most appropriate shoe?

 

Also, if anyone has pictures of #8 CXL camp mocs, please post them! I have yet to see this color camp moc.

post #3267 of 5330

Just arrived...

 

post #3268 of 5330

^^^ SIIIIIIICK!!! Those came out awesome!

post #3269 of 5330
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Just arrived...
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Green shell? fistbump.gif

What are your first impressions of the Blake wingtip style?
post #3270 of 5330
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Green shell? fistbump.gif

What are your first impressions of the Blake wingtip style?
My first question as well. They look great whether CXL or shell.
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