Originally Posted by mediahound
Hard to tell in this pic but they sorta don't look like cordovan to me. I think black cordovan is much shinier generally. It can almost look like patent leather sometimes.
Originally Posted by s3lam
@ClassyCanuck - they have aldens at both locations.
@Marcellionheart - you are right. I just went by today to take a closer look and spoke with one of the sales associates and confirmed they are NOT Shell Cordovan. I took some closer pics as well. They look really shiny to me but slightly grainy up close. Somebody said here on this thread that cordovan could look kinda like patent leather and the ones at nomad def did not look like that. I still haven't seen cordovan leather in real life yet. Guess I will still have to wait.
I own a couple pairs of black shell Aldens, and comparing them to my wife's black patent leather shoes, I would say that they are not really similar. Patent leather is a lot shinier and more artificial-looking than shell is IMO.
From the original pic that you showed, the shoes looked to me like they could be shell, but it looks like the truth has been confirmed. For me, the easiest way to tell in person whether something is shell or not is to feel how stiff the outer layer of the upper is (shell is a lot stiffer than calfskin and even a fair amount stiffer than patent leather IME), and to look for micro creases in the upper (calfskin will get them, shell won't).
Originally Posted by Alcibiades
I think I need to add some cigar ASAP.... I already have a RL Darlton Longwing, so I'm thinking maybe a PTB or a chukka
The Darlton is actually not the same color as Horween cigar. It is more of a dark cognac color, between cigar and ravello if we are using Horween colors as a reference. If I put them side-by-side, the Horween cigar is significantly darker than the color on the Darltons.