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post #46 of 143
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Originally Posted by gyea View Post
So boots fit very well with a thicker sock. I purchased a size 10.5. For reference, I wear an 11 in topsider, 10.5 in chucks, 10 in clarks.

Ty.
post #47 of 143
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Originally Posted by PinkPantser View Post
^^ yeah, it doesn't look like cordovan leather up close. I can't speak for this boot, but I've definately seen other retailers use "cordovan" as a color and not the leather type.

ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

btw, you get big ol white shoe bags, if that makes any difference
post #48 of 143
Honestly from just the perspective of just looking at the website I highly doubt their shell cordovan (the thick leather made from a horse's ass) unless the website pictures are a horrible representation of them. The texture, look, and creasing suggest otherwise. They look more likely to be horsehide called cordovan, or worse some marketing term they decided to use for a different type of leather.
post #49 of 143
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Originally Posted by gyea View Post
ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

btw, you get big ol white shoe bags, if that makes any difference

Shell cordovan is also really heavy compared to comparable calfskin shoes. I'd imagine a cordovan boot would be really heavy.
post #50 of 143
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Originally Posted by erdawe View Post
They look more likely to be horsehide called cordovan, or worse some marketing term they decided to use for a different type of leather.

Or cordovan colored calf leather, like the Paul Smith Cordos.
post #51 of 143
FWIW, I own some Billy Reid dirty buc suede shoes. Nice last, I really like them.
I have been in the store often and tried stuff on, but have yet to buy a shirt or blazer. I really like the whole aesthetic, i just seem to go other places when it comes time to actually buy something.
This will probably change.
post #52 of 143
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Originally Posted by gyea View Post
ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

gyea, we're talking about these boots: http://www.billyreid.com/lace-boot-d...p-4030603.html
post #53 of 143
Thread Starter 
Some of the boots are the COLOR cordovan, some are actually shell cordovan. The Kentwood Roper boots are shell cordovan I believe. I think last season there was a pair of shell cordovan shoes.
post #54 of 143
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Originally Posted by PinkPantser View Post
gyea, we're talking about these boots: http://www.billyreid.com/lace-boot-d...p-4030603.html


Emailed Billy Reid regarding this before and said, " The boots are made from cordovan skin."
post #55 of 143
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Originally Posted by rolling green View Post
Emailed Billy Reid regarding this before and said, " The boots are made from cordovan skin."

They may be. I haven't worn them so I can't really tell.

The logging boots are calf (I believe), most of the shoes and stuff are whatever they say they are, and the 'cordovan' items way very well be cordovan but the material is definitely different from what Alden and others will produce.

Leather is a natural product so there will be quality variations, sometimes even between pairs of footwear.
post #56 of 143
They can call it whatever they want SHELL cordovan doesn't look like this out of the box: It looks more like this: The texture, creasing, and thickness is all wrong. They look nice and are still well made boots, but I vote no to shell. That doesn't mean they're not worth buying by any means. In fact I sold my cordovan shoes because I preferred calf generally. EDIT: I hope zjpj83 doesn't mind me borrowing a picture of his Aldens for the comparison, as they're already posted publicly on the forum in another thread... If there's is an issue I'll unlink the picture immediately. Thanks.
post #57 of 143
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My thoughts too. I wonder if it's just a thickness thing? The ones at the store don't look like the ones in the picture. Either way, the distressed calfskin boots are better than the Kentwood anyway.
post #58 of 143
Agreed! Fit's that boot style's origins better.
post #59 of 143
My apologies, maybe I was out of place but I thought someone was inquiring about the lace up boots.
post #60 of 143
^ Oh, I don't really see the need to apologize... As this wasn't confusing to just you, but to myself, andI'm sure some others. Honestly I don't think it's that big of deal, those lace-up boots are hot!
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