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post #31 of 36
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I'm not sure I would wear a green shoe (or, to be perfectly accurate, I am pretty sure I wouldn't wear one). with what, and to where, do you wear a green oxford?
Well, I really can't imagine wearing a green shoe with a suit, although I'm sure that some people would and would look great doing it. One of the reasons I suggested a double monkstrap in that green cordovan was that the double monkstrap can be a casual shoe, and casually is really the only situation that I can imagine wearing that color. I've seen pictures of green-hued Berlutis, and this green Aubercy wholecut is a knockout:
post #32 of 36
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Ever seen the navy? Do you know any maker who uses it?
I have a swatch right now, from Borgioli - it's Horweens cordovan. I think Albaldejo delivers navy shell cordovan, otherwise I would think it would need to be custom ordered from someone. I know both Borgioli and R.Martegani will do make-ups in shell cordovan, but not everyone likes to work with it. Mr. Gravati absolutely refused. Shell cordovan, while being extremely durable in the finished product, it is exceptionally difficult to work in the factory. During the lasting or boarding process it often splits. The cost of the material itself is not that much more than a nice calfskin, but the fact that more has to be bought to cover this, and the fact that more is wasted to make sure the pattern is cut from the best part of the hide drives up the cost. This is also why you see those shell cordovan belts selling for a couple of different prices. With all the trimmings, most the belts are pieced together and it's found money in the shape of a belt. Alden sells one piece belts that are, obviously, cut from the hide in the same manner as a shoe upper, so therefore cost more. Ben Silver states that it is 'difficult' to find a hide that can accomodate a one-piece belt; it's not, it's just more profitable to cut an upper from it than a belt. BTW, I really like that saddle oxford Adam Knott(?) did in shell - Beautiful.
post #33 of 36
I promised earlier I would ask my pal Greg Kramer, one of the world's pre-eminent holster makers, for info about sources of cordovan. He said that most of the horsehide that goes to Horween comes from the hippophagous countries of France and Italy. He stated the percentage of cordovan that comes from mules these days would be minuscule, but that there is probably no difference whatsoever in the cordovan from a horse or mule. One can also obtain cordovan from zebras, but that also must be a minuscule percentage. When I was young, zebras were abundant enough to be considered a pest in East Africa, but I suspect that day is long gone. I am kind of curious about one-piece shell cordovan belts supposedly offered by Alden. According to Greg, it's very hard to get shells with enough length to fabricate a two-piece belt. A three-piece belt of quality shell cordovan should run about $200 to $300 with an emphasis on the higher figure. I will have some other remarks on the thread about the $64.95 shell cordovan belts being offered by Land's End.
post #34 of 36
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I think Albaldejo delivers navy shell cordovan, otherwise I would think it would need to be custom ordered from someone. I know both Borgioli and R.Martegani will do make-ups in shell cordovan, but not everyone likes to work with it.
Have you seen a shoe made up in navy shell cordovan? My mind's eye sees the potential...
post #35 of 36
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Don't give up your day job, A Harris.
Dang, there goes my dream of being the Jerry Seinfeld of shoes.
post #36 of 36
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Have you seen a shoe made up in navy shell cordovan
Not in person, at least that I recall. Just waiting for someone with enough confidence in their 'minds eye'.
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