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post #256 of 266
Like was stated, Strand is a better model, either in brown or in their new walnut. Cambridge has a weird balance in my eyes. Macneil is a classic too. Pass on the Leeds.
post #257 of 266
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any thoughts on Allen Edmonds Cordovan Cambridge in Burgundy? Color? style? fit? Appropriateness?

Mine are hands down my favorite pair of shoes. They fit incredibly well, were finished beautifully and have been quite durable. The color is great.

The shoe is dressier; I would wear mine to anything short of a black tie event, and frankly a nighttime black tie event, the shoes will look black anyway.
post #258 of 266
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any thoughts on Allen Edmonds Cordovan Cambridge in Burgundy? Color? style? fit? Appropriateness?


I think they are great shoes - It is one of the AE cordovans that I don't have (the others are the Westchester and Kenwood), and I really want to remedy that.  Ideally, I think I'd like both Black and #8, but I think I will do #8 first.  The design would be appropriate for most any suit (in my opinion).  I also like that the Cambridge has a double-oak sole, as compared to the Strand, which has only a single-oak sole.  Single-oak soles look weird on larger shoes IMO (I'm a 12D).

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These is the only monk strap design which I have seen that seems both respectable and elegant enough to actually purchase. Who makes them?

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martegani
post #261 of 266
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I think they are great shoes - It is one of the AE cordovans that I don't have (the others are the Westchester and Kenwood), and I really want to remedy that.  Ideally, I think I'd like both Black and #8, but I think I will do #8 first.  The design would be appropriate for most any suit (in my opinion).  I also like that the Cambridge has a double-oak sole, as compared to the Strand, which has only a single-oak sole.  Single-oak soles look weird on larger shoes IMO (I'm a 12D).

I want the weschesters in cordovan, but I need an 11B in loafers and it's still painful to break them in. I don't think I could even get 11B cordovan loafers and it would probably be even more painful.
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Much obliged. You have outstandingly good taste in shoes.
 

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post #263 of 266
Out of interest if you have a toecap cordovan where does the rolling occur? Is it confined in between the cap and the laces?

I was wondering what the least intrusive design for cordovan is.
Edited by kaizo - 2/3/13 at 11:58am
post #264 of 266
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Cordovan is rare. If it was all that great, wouldn't it be more popular?

 

   are you kidding ?

post #265 of 266
Any idea what kind of cordovan shoes are better suited with younger fashion? Younger fashion as for people in their 20s, or

I'm guessing boots will fit my description. I recently bought a pair of RL McCallums, but those seemed a bit too dressy (and bulky, since I ordered a size up due to my high instep) for jeans and khakis. I'm still waiting on a pair of J Crew cap toe boots to arrive, but what about cap toe oxfords or bluchers?
post #266 of 266
It will always be a relatively exclusive product because of the rarity of the raw material needed and the extra labor and materials needed to make a material ready for shoemaking. Calf and cowhide are so much more available and the leathermaking process so much cheaper and higher in volume than with cordovan.

The heaviness of the leather lends itself to certain styles over others, usually more heavily constructed shoes with Goodyear or Norwegian welting and boot styles. The shine is softer than a well-polished calf shine, but cleanup seems easier with cordovan. The classic #8 color dresses up or down. I am not so much a fan of lighter colors--tan browns and cognac, mostly--over calf in the same color, and slip-on styles seem too light as compared to brogues and monkstraps in cordovan.

With good care, they last a very long time. For me, the limiting factor is rarely the durability of the upper but the loss of a comfortable fit after repeated resoling, at which point I often don't want to wear them much anymore.
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