Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
Have these in dark chili too. Sleek and sexy!
Check, check, check.
Can somebody sell me on shell cordovan? Besides the different leather and substituting rolls for creases, any other advantages?
HI - just got my first pair of cordovans (dark burgundy) for the Cambridges on my regular rotation. It has a more resilient shine to it and it feels more 'bullet proof' than my other pairs of AEs. Other than that not a whole lot different, I'd get it again for a pair I would always wear but if you have a regular rotation and don't really care/notice wrinkles, the normal leather they use works.
It's relatively low maintenance compared to calf. It is also much more resilient yet ironically most here are rather shy with them, probably because it costs so much. It also is quite water resistant, yet rain can mottle its finish with welts.
For these reasons, plus thickness and shine, I find it particularly well suited to casual footwear like chukkas and bluchers.
The real reason it's so popular is its aesthetic appeal. Therefore, I recommend browsing any number of shoe threads on SF to get a good dose of cordovan pr0n. If the pictures aren't convincing, then it's probably not for you.
Here are a few pics to get you started:
Spoiler: Warning: gratuitous cordovan pr0n!
Thanks for all the replies. I definitely am attracted to the look of shell. What would you suggest for a first pair?
I can post my current roster of shoes if that helps.
Yes, let us know what you've got already.
Black Fifth Avenue
Black Long Branch
Black Mora 2.0
Brown Mora 2.0
Walnut Fifth Avenue
Dark Chili McAllisters
I recommend one of the below in burgundy cordovan (also called color 8):
1) Longwing Blucher. MacNeil is the AE version. I personally prefer the Alden version (model 975) due to it's more classic shape and better proportions. Can't go wrong with the MacNeil though, if it fits you well. I had to sell mine because the toes were too cramped.
2) Penny Loafer. The AE Patriot or Alden "Leisure Handsewn." This is super classic, as long as you can nail the fit.
3) A chukka boot. The AE Dundee is my favorite, although the Alden and Vass versions are also excellent.
4) Plain Toe Blucher. AE Leeds or Alden 990. Carmina also makes a very nice version. I have it above in cognac color.
Any one of these 4 will be a classic addition to your rotation and will fill a gap in the burgundy color range and the more casual end of the dress shoe spectrum. You certainly have your "suit shoes" covered. i would decide on whichever one is most comfy for you. Good luck!
Thanks for the recommendations. I have had the cordovan itch for some time now. My concern with anything outside of AE is fit and turnaround time if something isn't perfect. Last time I was in Alden, the wait time to have a shoe made was 2 months and the fit wasn't a guarantee. My guess is Carmina and others would be the same unknown. Wish I could jump past that hurdle.
What a fantastic shine you have on those! I love my Fifth Aves; when I need to feel like the boss they're my go-to shoe. Wingtips and Strands are for when I'm feeling fancy, Lexingtons are great for an odd jacket, but nothing beats the punch cap for "I'm a lawyer and I mean business."
Damn, that would have been the tits. Sadly, my only shell is my burgundy Westchesters, and they're a wee bit too casual for Tuesdays. More of a Thursday suit shoe, or for slightly-less-casual Fridays.
What about a shell Dalton?
Walnut Shell Cordovan Strands by Allen Edmonds
X-Post from the Shell Cordovan Thread
A fine boot, but wouldn't be in my top 5 for "first shell" recommendation.
Thanks and that is perhaps the best description I have ever heard for the "punch cap".
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