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Billy Reid's collection...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by why, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Hard2Fit

    Hard2Fit Senior member

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    So boots fit very well with a thicker sock. I purchased a size 10.5. For reference, I wear an 11 in topsider, 10.5 in chucks, 10 in clarks.

    Ty.
     


  2. gyea

    gyea Well-Known Member

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    ^^ yeah, it doesn't look like cordovan leather up close. I can't speak for this boot, but I've definately seen other retailers use "cordovan" as a color and not the leather type.

    ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

    btw, you get big ol white shoe bags, if that makes any difference
     


  3. erdawe

    erdawe Senior member

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    Honestly from just the perspective of just looking at the website I highly doubt their shell cordovan (the thick leather made from a horse's ass) unless the website pictures are a horrible representation of them. The texture, look, and creasing suggest otherwise.

    They look more likely to be horsehide called cordovan, or worse some marketing term they decided to use for a different type of leather.
     


  4. xchen

    xchen Senior member

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    ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

    btw, you get big ol white shoe bags, if that makes any difference


    Shell cordovan is also really heavy compared to comparable calfskin shoes. I'd imagine a cordovan boot would be really heavy.
     


  5. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    They look more likely to be horsehide called cordovan, or worse some marketing term they decided to use for a different type of leather.

    Or cordovan colored calf leather, like the Paul Smith Cordos.
     


  6. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    FWIW, I own some Billy Reid dirty buc suede shoes. Nice last, I really like them.
    I have been in the store often and tried stuff on, but have yet to buy a shirt or blazer. I really like the whole aesthetic, i just seem to go other places when it comes time to actually buy something.
    This will probably change.
     


  7. PinkPantser

    PinkPantser Senior member

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    ok, so how exactly do i tell. i thought shell cordovan was "shiny". this feels somewhat like patches of rough suede. almost like they put the shoe together, then hit it up with sandpaper haha. as you tell i don't know much about leather. someone wanna school me?

    gyea, we're talking about these boots: http://www.billyreid.com/lace-boot-d...p-4030603.html
     


  8. why

    why Senior member

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    Some of the boots are the COLOR cordovan, some are actually shell cordovan. The Kentwood Roper boots are shell cordovan I believe. I think last season there was a pair of shell cordovan shoes.
     


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  10. why

    why Senior member

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    Emailed Billy Reid regarding this before and said, " The boots are made from cordovan skin." [​IMG]

    They may be. I haven't worn them so I can't really tell.

    The logging boots are calf (I believe), most of the shoes and stuff are whatever they say they are, and the 'cordovan' items way very well be cordovan but the material is definitely different from what Alden and others will produce.

    Leather is a natural product so there will be quality variations, sometimes even between pairs of footwear.
     


  11. erdawe

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    They can call it whatever they want SHELL cordovan doesn't look like this out of the box: [​IMG] It looks more like this: [​IMG] The texture, creasing, and thickness is all wrong. They look nice and are still well made boots, but I vote no to shell. That doesn't mean they're not worth buying by any means. In fact I sold my cordovan shoes because I preferred calf generally. EDIT: I hope zjpj83 doesn't mind me borrowing a picture of his Aldens for the comparison, as they're already posted publicly on the forum in another thread... If there's is an issue I'll unlink the picture immediately. Thanks.
     


  12. why

    why Senior member

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    My thoughts too. I wonder if it's just a thickness thing? The ones at the store don't look like the ones in the picture. Either way, the distressed calfskin boots are better than the Kentwood anyway. [​IMG]
     


  13. erdawe

    erdawe Senior member

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    Agreed! Fit's that boot style's origins better.
     


  14. rolling green

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    My apologies, maybe I was out of place but I thought someone was inquiring about the lace up boots.
     


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    ^
    Oh, I don't really see the need to apologize... As this wasn't confusing to just you, but to myself, andI'm sure some others. Honestly I don't think it's that big of deal, those lace-up boots are hot!
     


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