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post #1981 of 3611
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What is the difference between horsehide and cordovan leather?  Is it nearly the same quality as Alden Cordovan?  

Yes, there is a big difference, although the "horsehide" White's uses is incredibly nice and has more character than shell cordovan. True shell cordovan is only produced in the USA by Horween, and is from the butt hide of a horse. The special, complex tanning process produces comparatively small "shells" of hide that are very dense and have special properties that make them ideal in certain applications, such as some boots and shoes. Here is a video where you can learn much more about this remarkable (and expensive) leather. http://vimeo.com/4814754

A pair of White's semi-dress boots made from shell cordovan cost about twice as much as a pair of SDs in the "horsehide". When I was growing up, cordovan was just a little more expensive than calf hide and lasted much longer, so my parents always bought me cordovan dress shoes to SAVE MONEY because I couldn't wear them out as quickly!

Allan
post #1982 of 3611
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Yes, there is a big difference, although the "horsehide" White's uses is incredibly nice and has more character than shell cordovan. True shell cordovan is only produced in the USA by Horween, and is from the butt hide of a horse. The special, complex tanning process produces comparatively small "shells" of hide that are very dense and have special properties that make them ideal in certain applications, such as some boots and shoes. Here is a video where you can learn much more about this remarkable (and expensive) leather. http://vimeo.com/4814754

A pair of White's semi-dress boots made from shell cordovan cost about twice as much as a pair of SDs in the "horsehide". When I was growing up, cordovan was just a little more expensive than calf hide and lasted much longer, so my parents always bought me cordovan dress shoes to SAVE MONEY because I couldn't wear them out as quickly!

Allan


Thanks for the info Allan!  It is a nice description about cordovan leather.  This is hysterical to buy cordovan shoe to save money.  love it.

post #1983 of 3611

Worked with Kyle at Bakers over the past few weeks and just finalized the order:

 

Black Shark
Standard last
Black eyelets with hooks
Black liner - cut off top
Black heal and edges
Medallion toe cap
Standard Cuban heel
Size 9.5 D 
No pull tab
Double stitching
Regular leather sole
Single mid-sole
 
We were not able to find any pictures of SD's in black shark so I am not sure what they will end up looking like.  I guess I will find out in 3 or 4 months. lookaround.gif
post #1984 of 3611

Love the leap of faith - good luck!

post #1985 of 3611
+1

That build sounds pretty badass, man!
post #1986 of 3611
No worries, Lefty. That is a great build that will look spectacular. The only things I would personally change are that I would use the plain toe cap (the medallion will look good too), and I would go with the close trim to keep in line with the somewhat dressier look you seem to be chasing. However, that's me and you're you. You will have some incredible boots. Post pics when you finally get the boots.

Allan
post #1987 of 3611
Allen you raise a good point re the close trim with the cap toe, and I tend to agree. On the otherhand something about these just looks killer IMO, and can imagine that Lefty's in shark would look equally (if not more) badass:
http://www.life-time-gear.com/2013/06/boot-of-day-177-whites-boots-semi-dress.html?m=1

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post #1988 of 3611

 

 

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We were not able to find any pictures of SD's in black shark so I am not sure what they will end up looking like.

 

Shark attack!

Your boots are going to look wonderful, nice choice Lefty!

 

 

 

pics from: http://www.life-time-gear.com/2010/12/boot-of-day-07-white-semi-dress-custom.html

post #1989 of 3611
Those are good looking Shark boots!

Allan
post #1990 of 3611

Is this picture the black shark?  it looks kinda brown but maybe it is just the lighting.  the close-up pictures look more black.  awesome looking leather. 

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Shark attack!

Your boots are going to look wonderful, nice choice Lefty!

 

 

 

pics from: http://www.life-time-gear.com/2010/12/boot-of-day-07-white-semi-dress-custom.html

post #1991 of 3611

Allan - do you know if you can ask to have the stiching in black vs. the normal white?  After looking at the pictures that ewing sent I think you're right - the double white stiching looks like it will detract from the look I am going after.  

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Originally Posted by Okal View Post

No worries, Lefty. That is a great build that will look spectacular. The only things I would personally change are that I would use the plain toe cap (the medallion will look good too), and I would go with the close trim to keep in line with the somewhat dressier look you seem to be chasing. However, that's me and you're you. You will have some incredible boots. Post pics when you finally get the boots.

Allan
post #1992 of 3611
Lefty -- I'm pretty sure you can only get white stitching, but you can use a Sharpie or other permanent die and color it black. I think the single stitching looks better on a dressier style of boot like you are getting, and looks fine in white, but coloring the thread black would dress up the boots a bit more, although creating a somewhat less traditional look in the process. If you prefer black thread, then go for the dye and make the change. All black will look great!

Allan
post #1993 of 3611
Opinions are like a**holes, but i say stick with black upper, white welt stitching wink.gif
post #1994 of 3611

Can anyone with a single celastic toe comment on how much, if any, it will stretch or form to your toes over time?

post #1995 of 3611
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Can anyone with a single celastic toe comment on how much, if any, it will stretch or form to your toes over time?
Zero, zilch.
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