Allen Edmonds certainly makes cordovan shoes and they are under $500. even:
I believe they source their cordovan from the same place as Alden too, Horween.
Those Cigar Pitt boots are stunning. Wish they were 11.
Here's a bad photo of my favorite pair, after about a year's worth of thrice weekly wear.
#8 cap toe. Excuse the odd angle, wanted to show the color variation.
Also, this thread is priceless and there's no way I'd own shoes like this, or care about my shoes if it weren't for the thoughtful, shoe-obsessed folks here. Namor, a while back you posted hiking photos of some tobacco chamois indys that were... amazing. It looks like you've pretty well beat the hell out of them. I've been craving a pair ever since. How do you think they'd handle the occasional walk through city snow?