Originally Posted by well-kept
Like I'd lie about a belt. (I'm actually laughing as I write this!)
The back is marked as follows: ALLEN EDMONDS 254 Shell Cordovan Fully Leather-Lined Handcrafted in U.S.A. 32/80
To the eye and hand it's an exact match to my three pair of AE shells. If it's horse-hip treated to match shell they did a remarkable job because not only did the belt match the shoes when new, it has aged pretty much identically. Please trust me, it's one piece.
I saw and inspected the AE one-piece cordovan belt on Madison. It is indeed marked shell cordovan on the back. I then walked down to Alden. They only have 3-piece cordovan belt. When I told the store owner I saw a one-piece cordovan belt, he got on the phone to the president of Alden.
According to Alden, there is another membrane that runs the length of a horse's hind legs. This is the membrane that might be used for AE's one piece cordovan belt. It is, strictly speaking, not shell cordovan as it is not the same membrane from a horse's rump.