Hi. I was wondering what you guys think about buying cordovan as opposed to calfskin. I am wondering since I was in an Alden store and I was wondering if it was worth buying 2 conrdovans when I can get 3 calfskins for the same price. Am I really getting that much for the extra cash.
I bought a pair of Alden's 974 (cordovan bal wingtip) two months ago because I needed something to go with two of my suits. Cordovan is great material, hard as nails compared with my calfskin shoes, which are mostly Ferragamo and best left for dry, sunny days. I wish Alden did their shoes with a more interesting last. The 974 has a damned boring shape, but it works with my suits well enough, the price was right, and once I knew I wanted cordovan, I didn't see any other reasonable, readily available options. If I had the cash to spend on two pairs of cordovans, I might use it as a down payment on one pair of something that I really liked, or have something made for my foot. Recently I received the C&J catalog; they make cordovan shoes. It looked like their last was a bit more interesting, though the shoes cost a bit more than Alden. Good luck.