Originally Posted by furo
Here's what I don't get: these sources all say that Alden has no leather because Horween doesn't have the leather. So... that begs the question: how shitty is the quality of the leather that Horween IS
shipping out?? We all know that shell cordovan is shell cordovan
, and the only difference between Ravello and #8 is that apparently Ravello requires a hide free of most imperfections. So, for Horween to say that they have ZERO hides worthy of being tanned in Ravello certainly scares me about the prospect of buying any of their other colors (even black). Is this a larger systemic problem of Horween getting inferior hides from their equine suppliers or what??
We do not all know that shell cordovan is shell cordovan. There are lots of variations in shells. As for quality, I am not on board with the "Horween has no leather so the quality of what we get must be shitty" argument.
Changing the subject, I have only been buying Alden shoes for 5 years or so. During that time there has always been this alleged shortage of Whiskey, Ravello and Cigar. They are "rare" shells. But I always see them. If I see a pair that is almost exactly what I like but off on one point and buy it because of the shortage 3-4 months later I see the shoe the exact way I want it. I would not panic.
Also I think it is good news that horse-slaughter should soon be legal in the US. That should
open up some reliable sources for Horween. What impact it actually has I will have to wait and see.