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Am I the only one who doesn't like Cordovan?!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stilmacher, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I have a pair of vintage Hanover chestnut longwings that I wear from time to time. I'm neutral on them. I don't own any cordovan as the intense creasing freaks me out. Maybe one of these days I'll give in if I see an amazing buy.

    I think the creasing issue is a bit hit and miss. My C&J shell boots are the same model and last as the derbys. The boots creases look fine whereas the derby creases look monstrous.
     
  2. JohnnyO12

    JohnnyO12 Well-Known Member

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    whats the difference between longwings and wing tips?
     
  3. furo

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    whats the difference between longwings and wing tips?

    The broguing on a longwing runs to the heel of the shoe

    As for the post at the top of this page, those look like corrected grain based on the fine wrinkling in the creases

    I think shell has to be appreciated for its durability if nothing else. What other shoes can you polish up after 30 years (like some restoration projects I've seen here) and have them look brand new in box + awesome patina!?
     
  4. JayJay

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  5. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I think shell has to be appreciated for its durability if nothing else. What other shoes can you polish up after 30 years (like some restoration projects I've seen here) and have them look brand new in box + awesome patina!?

    +1. There was a thread fairly recently I was amazed by.

    Shell timeline for me may go something like:

    1) New out of the box: [​IMG]
    2) First few wears: [​IMG]
    3) After a few months: [​IMG]
    4) Giving them a good restoration after a few years: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Don't like for most shoes, especially the dressier styles - OK for clunkier styles and boots.
     
  7. Arkolm

    Arkolm Well-Known Member

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    I didn't read the whole thread because I am lazy, but I like them for simple shoes and boots were the creases make them look "rugged" or "rustic" not sure exactly how to describe the feeling. I wear them in the rain and snow. I needed to wear them today [​IMG] edit: I will say I have no high end cordovan shoes. And I am not sure how I would like having elegant cordovan shoes. I don't know how more expensive cordovan shoes age.
     
  8. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    I love my long wings.
     
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    Don't like for most shoes, especially the dressier styles - OK for clunkier styles and boots.

    +1 My only shell shoes are Vass Budapesters, Alden Longwings, and C&J/Polo Chukkas.
     
  10. furo

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    Don't like for most shoes, especially the dressier styles - OK for clunkier styles and boots.

    I think that adds to the cordovan shell appeal imo

    The good ones are built like tanks. Wear them as such.
     
  11. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Senior member

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    I don't get fascination either.
     
  12. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Don't like for most shoes, especially the dressier styles - OK for clunkier styles and boots.
    I also prefer calf for dressier styles.
     
  13. srivats

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    I also prefer calf for dressier styles.

    JayJay, we've got to get you to post some pics.
     
  14. Coburn

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    Nope, I dislike shell also. Maybe it's the blobby specimens usually made from the stuff and it mostly looks like thick plastic.

    Longwings are also on teh hate list.


    Ditto.

    A big no to Shell and Longwings -- they don't look good.
     
  15. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    You're all philistines.
     
  16. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    JayJay, we've got to get you to post some pics.
    I've posted pics of shoes on a few occasions, nothing lately though.
     
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    I gave away my only pair of shell a few years ago out of (at-the-time) boredom.
    I now regret that decision.
     
  18. Poshak Man

    Poshak Man Senior member

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    I like both calf and cordovan shoes. As for cordovan suited to clunky shoes, here is a link to the photo of my dream shoes on the "Shoe Pictorial Index":

    http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5...12llcc2cs4.jpg

    I have the Mackay in dark oak calf but brown shell would be some thing else. O Well one day....
     
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    On this forum as well as everywhere else, there seems to be a major rave about Cordovan shoes. I have never seen a single pair I liked. Other than the shiny look of the leather I don't like its tendency to crease. Or is just popular as an "exotic" leather?

    Am I the only one who feels this way?


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