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Rider Boot Brandy Scotch Grain Shell Cordovan Wingtip Boots. The speed hooks ate up the stock laces after three wears so I replaced them with a bit thicker round waxed lace I'm sampling.

 

Nice boots!

 

But I'm trying to understand the appeal of Grain Shell.  For me the primary benefits of shell are the absence of micro creases, and the beautiful natural shine to the leather.  I'vee found that grain calf does not usually crease too badly like standard calf.  And it seems to me that Grain Shell does not have the same shine as standard Shell.  So is Grain Shell really worthwhile?

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Nice boots!

 

But I'm trying to understand the appeal of Grain Shell.  For me the primary benefits of shell are the absence of micro creases, and the beautiful natural shine to the leather.  I'vee found that grain calf does not usually crease too badly like standard calf.  And it seems to me that Grain Shell does not have the same shine as standard Shell.  So is Grain Shell really worthwhile?

 

Honestly - I really like it because of I love texture and I love shell. It is something different. I have plenty of other pairs of standard shell cordovan footwear but I wanted something different

 

These actually have a decent amount of shine and I could give it more but I think it is a good balance. Just personal preference.

post #2223 of 3047

Sharing some brown shell cordovan, top is Vass, middle is C&J Ralph Lauren Marlowe, bottom is Carmina for Paul Stuart.

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So does the forum have no love for Peal and Co. for Brooks Brothers shell cordovan boots anymore? I think they are a fine pair of boots personally and thought the pair in my sig (B&S) is listed a fair price, but still have yet to find a new home. I just have so many boots and need to clear closet space, but maybe I'm missing something since I'm a shell newb,

As @mosy has pointed out those are non dainite sole boots that were a short term run a few years ago. Some may desire the leather sole but I prefer dainite.
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Not selling on B&S doesn't mean anything. I could offer those for $50 and I'd get 10 tire kickers, two takers who never PayPal the funds, and a guy in China who would explain he will pay $17.50.
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As @mosy has pointed out those are non dainite sole boots that were a short term run a few years ago. Some may desire the leather sole but I prefer dainite.

Yeah dainite soles would elevate the status for sure.
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Not selling on B&S doesn't mean anything. I could offer those for $50 and I'd get 10 tire kickers, two takers who never PayPal the funds, and a guy in China who would explain he will pay $17.50.

Too funny, but so true regarding current staus of B&S these days.
post #2227 of 3047
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So does the forum have no love for Peal and Co. for Brooks Brothers shell cordovan boots anymore? I think they are a fine pair of boots personally and thought the pair in my sig (B&S) is listed a fair price, but still have yet to find a new home. I just have so many boots and need to clear closet space, but maybe I'm missing something since I'm a shell newb,

So I think they should probably sell for something around your current price.

I think retail price on those is really high - so if you paid that that might be giving you a slightly off perspective. These are now fairly analogous to the Alden x J Crew #8 boots - sold by big retailer, non rare shell, similar enough design, etc. And I feel like I see those sell for $575-$625 new on the secondary market (more on eBay but then you pay huge fees). I don't really track but I think there will generally be a discount to retailer price on any shoe that is not rare + BB retail is really high
post #2228 of 3047

Vintage Lloyd & Haig. Pretty basic, but for sub-$100 on eBay I'm pretty happy with them.

 

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Vintage Lloyd & Haig. Pretty basic, but for sub-$100 on eBay I'm pretty happy with them. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Can't go wrong.
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^Thanks, jhcam (and makewayhomer and El Argentino). I was reasonably confident that they were at least decent, but I am no expert; I approached my post with fear and trembling. What if the enthusiasts were to descend upon them with universal scorn?

post #2231 of 3047
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So I think they should probably sell for something around your current price.

I think retail price on those is really high - so if you paid that that might be giving you a slightly off perspective. These are now fairly analogous to the Alden x J Crew #8 boots - sold by big retailer, non rare shell, similar enough design, etc. And I feel like I see those sell for $575-$625 new on the secondary market (more on eBay but then you pay huge fees). I don't really track but I think there will generally be a discount to retailer price on any shoe that is not rare + BB retail is really high
I'd probably pay around that price, they're just not our size...
post #2232 of 3047

+1  If I had $625 to drop, I'd absolutely pay that much.

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+1  If I had $625 to drop, I'd absolutely pay that much.

I already did smile.gif

(Dainite version)
post #2234 of 3047
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Originally Posted by jogowill View Post

^Thanks, jhcam (and makewayhomer and El Argentino). I was reasonably confident that they were at least decent, but I am no expert; I approached my post with fear and trembling. What if the enthusiasts were to descend upon them with universal scorn?

These are great! I've become obsessed lately with vintage shell shoes. Amazing patinas can develop over 30+ years.

AHS
post #2235 of 3047

Here's my humble "Non-Alden" shell rotation:

 

 

Black, Burgundy (color 8), Burgundy, Natural, Cognac, Navy, Brown (dark cognac)

Warning: Cordovan close-ups (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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