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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

So I have been wondering...
If there is a shortage of the more rare color (lighter) Horween shell cordovan leather for Alden and the likes of AE, then why do companies like Rancourt and Carmina seem to have no problem supplying shoes with the base shell coming from Horween?
Is this simply because neither of them needs the quantites that Alden and AE might need?
Hopefully someone can enlighten me.
It seems Alden's the prettiest girl at the ball. They can afford to do what they want. They have high demand and don't have to go out of their way to please a few shoe freaks w rare shell.
Carmina needs to do more to break into more markets.
I have taken advantage of carmina's willingness to work w ruby, green shell, double monks, and python.
I wish I would have found alden 10 years ago during their mto glory days.

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Thanks. Speaking of whiskey shortwings

Whiskey Shortwings (10E) from Alden DC
Barbour Liddesdale Coat
J Crew Ludlow Suit (these are maligned but I like the fit and the fact I can get two pair of pants with the suit)
Polo Ralph Lauren tie with Labs

Great combo. That tie's speaking to me.
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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

New ravellos today!

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Awesome shoes. Congrats.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 

Very good question and probably something we have all wondered. I believe only Horween has the answer to that.

 

 

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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Alden applies their own finishing to the cordovan leathers they use. It may be that they are very particular about the cordovan they are willing to work with, especially the lighter ones.

Rancourt also dyes their shell themselves.  I think the statement about the cordovan that Alden is willing to work with in lighter colors is also a good point.  Darker colors is a little easier to cover up small flaws in the hide.  I also think lighter shell cordovan is much more difficult to apply the color evenly.  IMHO that's why we such a variance in recent Alden colors such as Ravello being darker.  I also think companies such as Rancourt are much smaller than Alden are able to handle demand a little easier.  However...Rancourt production has fallen back to about 6-8 weeks now compared to 2-3 weeks earlier this year.  I currently have 2 pairs of Rancourt shell in Caramel and Espresso.  Only way I could find a casual shell penny loafer in my size in colors other than #8 and black which I have too in Aldens.  I like Rancourt shoes a lot, they are not Aldens but certainly fill a niche for me.

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

New ravellos today!

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Behold the greatness!  One of these days I will find some rare color LWB in my size.  Until then I will envy those lucky enough to have them!

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Very nice MrDV. Very Nice!
Thank you be.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Looking good DV!
Thank you rtp.
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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

New ravellos today!
 

Very nice my friend!  Enjoy in great health...

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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Alden applies their own finishing to the cordovan leathers they use. It may be that they are very particular about the cordovan they are willing to work with, especially the lighter ones.

Just ordered and returned a pair of AE Norwich (the equivalent of monk strap on a barrie last) in brown shell.  I have no pics to show, but both shoes were pock-marked with a few small imperfections/depressions (almost like it had been scarred by the measles), and both had splotchy finishing (poor, inconsistent coloring).  I've never seen any Alden shells look remotely this bad out of the box and direct from the factory.


Edited by ReppTiePrepster - 10/18/13 at 10:45am
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Snuff LHS today

 

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Very nice my friend!  Enjoy in great health...
+1 on your new Ravello's standford. Congratulations!
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post
 

Snuff LHS today

 

Don L-great looking Snuff Suede, you make them look really comfortable and relaxed.

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Snuff LHS today

Lovely snuff DonL!

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I also went with Whiskey Shortwing Bals today...

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I also went with Whiskey Shortwing Bals today...

Nice combo sir.
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Can't wait for brighter mornings. My before work photos are quite dark lately.
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I also went with Whiskey Shortwing Bals today...
Nice combo sir.

Thank you kind sir...

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