Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Cordovan is unquestionably tougher and more wear resistant than calf. The thing that has to be kept in mind is pretty much what jaywhyy just said. The number of recraftings that a Goodyear-welted shoe can take (no matter what it's made of) is limited. Every time the welt is removed and a new one is stitched on, the leather upper at the inseam becomes weaker and weaker. Think of it like tearing a solid piece of paper vs. a piece with a perforated line. The more perforations, the easier it is to tear. When they stitch on a new welt, the needle is just "machine gunning" through the leather, and it is undoubtedly making new holes and widening others. After this has been done a few times, it simply becomes too weak to keep being done.
     
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    GeneralW Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys just got my Park Aves and Strands today in the mail. I have a quick question, I noticed these dark areas on the Strands, is this just a part of the leather or should I exchange them?

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    Sorry if I'm just being paranoid, wanted to make sure everything was perfect!
     


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    Thats a patina that has already developed in my opinion, I dont think they normally burnish those specific areas.
    I would def keep them, they add character.

    Remember when you are dealing with Quality Leather, the imperfections of slight color variation are normal, no two pairs are alike without compromising its integrity.
     


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    Thanks MWS. Make me think I might put a topy on my shell shoes when I send them in for recrafting the first time.
     


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    When it comes to style/color, etc, I assume all statements are opinion since they are all about personal taste. If someone shares some knowledge about something like how something is constructed, etc that would be different. I definitely interpreted that as opinion. I like black shoes as well as merlot. And tan. And walnut. And brown. And....you guys are killing my checking account....
     


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    Wow, those are nice. Those are #1 on my want list. Just have to create a little space between purchases to maintain domestic tranquility!
     


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    Thanks for your answers everyone. However, I think they are a bit of a red-herring. I guess I meant to ask that ceteris paribus, can anyone give a proof accounting of a cordovan shoe lasting 30 years with regular wear? Suppose, for example, that a topy was applied instead of a full resoling (which is what my Dad would do). Is there any proof that anyone can supply that cordovan, with regular use, does indeed outlast calf? Does indeed last the 30 years that many claim that is does?
     


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    Also,member dibadiba provided this metric of tensile strength of different leathers. It appears cordovan is among the lowest in terms of tensile integrity.

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    I suspect there are mostly shoe "newbies" in this thread, however, I would appreciate any scientific or well-reasoned answer. Cold Iron, you seem to have had a few pairs of cordovan boots for a long time, what are your oldest cordovan boots and how long have they lasted?
     


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    Macarthur who regularly posts in the shoe porn thread owns a lot of old Alden cordovan shoes, but his rotation is humongous.
     
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    So, what's the record for the number of recraftings of an AE shoe on this forum (calf and cordovan)?
     


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    Ordered a brown McTavish, walnut Katmai and a brown/inen Strawfut in the 2 for $250 sale, plus the Amoks in tan suede. Probably not going to keep all of them but we'll see what happens when they arrive.

    The Katmais and Amoks are going to be my first suede shoes - looking forward to getting them. Not sure that I need the Strawfuts, but they look so good in the pictures that I had to buy them!
     


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    What size McTavish? They were sold out when I tried to get them...
     


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    I love my brown/brown mesh strawfuts, and suspect you will enjoy yours. I have the black/black mesh on order as well, because they are going to be close outs. The early spectator style is really eye catching to me, and have yet to find any other meshed vamp that looks so clean and provides tremendous breath ability in the scorching summer months.
     


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    8.5D, but I ordered them on Saturday or Sunday.

    Forgot to mention I also wanted to get a Malvern in Brogue Suede, but missed out on it
     


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    It does look beautiful which is what motivated me to buy them. I know that I'll have very few opportunities to wear them, but that also means it's going to last me for a looong time. Didn't realize they were close-outs which is another reason to keep them.

    One concern is keeping the linen clean. I did come across an article about that, but it was a while ago when I had no intention of getting that type of shoe!
     


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