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post #16 of 18
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I wore the Church "Kingsley" bookbinder tassel loafers through the late '80s and '90s. No problem with creasing or cracking-much better in this regard than the Crockett and Jones loafers from Polo I had during this period. No abnormal sole or heel issues. I notice that 'jerrysfriend' still has versions of this shoe. Yes, in retrospect (especially after reading the posts on this board), the leather looked more like plastic and the shape was not classic (hence, once again switched back to Aldens). Still, don't quite understand the quality issues.
I really like the Kingsley. Unlike the Alden tassel, which has no support or even feeling of being on, at the sides, the Kingsley supports and "cups" the side of my feet well. It was a whole new learing experiece to walk in the Alden tassel for me, feeling support only at the forefoot and heel. Of course, the Alden tassel has a very classic look, but for comfort, I'll take the Church. The bookbinder finish is a lot less plastic looking than when AE tried to do the same thing. I really like that finish on my Church New Yorkers.
post #17 of 18
As far as I know, Church's made genuine shell cordovan shoes. To be exact, Church's said burgundy horse crup, not genuine shell cordovan. Its pet name was Stratton Crup and they were made on #224 last.
post #18 of 18
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As far as I know, Church's made genuine shell cordovan shoes.
They still do. In the current catalogue they offer the model Shannon in burgundy and the model Grafton in black and burgundy "Crup" (Church-speak for shell cordovan). In the UK I've only seen Church's using shell cordovan on heavy double-soled models, never on loafers; but it is quite possible, at particular stores requests, that they produce other models in cordovan as well. In particular for the American, Japanese or German market, where shell cordovan is very popular.
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