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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. wdahab

    wdahab Well-Known Member

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    Rancourt Natty Shell boat shoes, getting really nice and beat up.

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    Shell long wings with matching handkerchief today. Just my attempt of throwing a rock against the battleship that is "casual Friday."

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  3. El Argentino

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    If your job doesn't require CBD on Fridays, and it isn't located in Silcon Valley or SanFran, one should probably be looking for a new job. Bravo, sir, in the good fight.
     
  4. makewayhomer

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    But if you're a lawyer you should probably be looking for another job as well.
     
  5. El Argentino

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  6. AlexHffK

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    Figured I'd share some comparison pictures of difference in shell cordovan across 3 manufactures.
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    My small collection of shell shoes

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    Toscan shell cordovan left, Horween shell cordovan midle, Shinki shell cordovan right.

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    Creases or rather rolls of Horween black shell cordovan

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    Micro creases on Shinki shell cordovan smoothed with a deer bone.

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    Micro creases on the italian shell cordovan

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    Horween in the sun

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    Shinki in the sun

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    Italian in the sun

    The Italian shell cordovan hasn't been broken fully in yet, I would suspect the patina to become more rich with time. I am however worried that it creases more like calf than the other shell.
     
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  7. JUAN MANUEL

    JUAN MANUEL Well-Known Member

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    I am fighting "casual friday" lazyness with "the best dressed man in the block" antidote. It is rewarding, showing some restrain and using shell helps.

    I am with you in this fight smfdoc!

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  8. smfdoc

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    Very nice shoe. Who made it, what style and who made the shell?
     
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  9. JUAN MANUEL

    JUAN MANUEL Well-Known Member

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    They are Church's Grafton in 173 last, bought from Herrings, I have no idea which tannery makes the shell.


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  10. smfdoc

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    I wanted to share a wonderful #8 PTB sold by Barrie Ltd. that I picked up on Ebay. Barrie sold this 10.5 EEE beauty before they closed in 2004. The actual age of the shoe is not known and it was apparently made in England, likely by Cheaney & Sons. The Barrie store sold fine menswear to Yale students for over 70 years and had all of their shoes produced for them by other top shoemakers. It is a standard PTB, with the exception of the stitching detail on the side of each lace area, as shown in the images. My estimate is that they were worn 10-15 times, as indicated by the clean interior label. The shoe gods did not smile on me and the 10.5 just would not work with my size 11 feet. I expect that it will be relisted on Ebay within the next week, so look for it if you are a 10.5. As for me, I am now on the lookout for a size 11, but doubt that I will ever locate another one like this.

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  11. coolarrow

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    E strands to begin the week:

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    Very classy @coolarrow !

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    ^^Thx, Mike.

    AE Townley Thursday!

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  14. RogerP

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    ^^^ Sweet. The shell Townleys rank among my fave AE pairs ever. Not sure about the pairing with a pinstripe suit, though.
     
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  15. peppercorn78

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    Navy LWBs from Carmina. :)

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  17. peppercorn78

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    Carmina Detroit last:

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    ^^^ Wow, stunning!
     
  19. smfdoc

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    My trusty #8 Florsheim long wing. I keep thinking I want an Alden long wing in #8, as I have it in black, but I really can't see anything I would gain.

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