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Is cordovan all that?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pocketprotector, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    Has anyone seen chicken leg boots? Yes, I said chicken leg.


    Most of the chickens I've seen have been barefoot.
     
  2. Slewfoot

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    london lounge carmina boot in cognac cordovan


    That's badass. Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    That's badass. Thanks for sharing!

    amazing, right?
     
  4. alphaO888

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    Vass "Burlington" in saddle shell U last.

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    That's a sick pair of cords... are they brand new or have they been broken in?
     
  5. forex

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    That's a sick pair of cords... are they brand new or have they been broken in?

    What do you think?
     
  6. alphaO888

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    What do you think?

    they look brand new but I'd like to know how true the rumors about cordovan staying new are.
     
  7. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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  8. ThinkDerm

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    That's a sick pair of cords... are they brand new or have they been broken in?

    they've been used extensively, for decades.
     
  9. NAMOR

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    they've been used extensively, for decades.

    and they look it too! i magnified the pic to 1000% and noticed a slight crease on the vamp. besides that one flaw they look good for 20 year old shoes.
     
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    and they look it too! i magnified the pic to 1000% and noticed a slight crease on the vamp. besides that one flaw they look good for 20 year old shoes.
     
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    Thinkderm, whats with the sudden Vass cordovan binge? I have seen 3 pairs pop up over the last week. Were these all recent acquisitions?
     
  12. Green Lantern

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    Most of the chickens I've seen have been barefoot.

    Yeah, this is why their feet are bare:

    http://www.exoticleather.biz/chicken_leather.htm

    When we think of leather goods, chances are we don't think CHICKEN. Well, all that looks set to change. As improbable as chicken leather sounds it's as thick as emu leather and can be used to make a range of items from souvenirs to shoes.
     
  13. David Reeves

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    I don't like it nor does any shoemaker I have met.
     
  14. commodorewheeler

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    I don't like it nor does any shoemaker I have met.

    Why don't you like it? Which specific shoemakers don't like it either?
     
  15. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why don't you like it? Which specific shoemakers don't like it either?

    it is generally an English thing, most dont like it, and hate using it!
     
  16. commodorewheeler

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    it is generally an English thing, most dont like it, and hate using it!

    Are you saying that English people don't like shell or that they do like shell? Because other than the US, England seems to be produce the most shell shoes. Where I really haven't seen much shell at all is Italy, I'm guessing they really don't like it.

    I can definitely understand people not enjoying making shoes out of it, though. With how rigid and thick it feels, it's gotta be a lot more difficult to work than calfskin.
     
  17. imatlas

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    Are you saying that English people don't like shell or that they do like shell? Because other than the US, England seems to be produce the most shell shoes. Where I really haven't seen much shell at all is Italy, I'm guessing they really don't like it.

    I can definitely understand people not enjoying making shoes out of it, though. With how rigid and thick it feels, it's gotta be a lot more difficult to work than calfskin.


    I may be wrong but I think David was talking about chicken leg leather.

    I haven't seen chicken leg shoes, but I have seen ostrich leg. It's very handsome - unlike the rest of the ostrich, the pattern on the leg appears similar to 'gator. The shoes I'm thinking of were stitched-apron oxfords with book-matched ostrich-leg vamps. They were quite attractive.
     
  18. commodorewheeler

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    I may be wrong but I think David was talking about chicken leg leather. I haven't seen chicken leg shoes, but I have seen ostrich leg. It's very handsome - unlike the rest of the ostrich, the pattern on the leg appears similar to 'gator. The shoes I'm thinking of were stitched-apron oxfords with book-matched ostrich-leg vamps. They were quite attractive.
    I have a pair of ostrich leg shoes that I bought about 10 years ago, they are almost exactly as you describe except that they are derbies instead of oxfords.
     
  19. meister

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    Vass "Burlington" in saddle shell U last.

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    My favourite shell and maybe the only reason I would buy any.
     
  20. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you saying that English people don't like shell or that they do like shell? Because other than the US, England seems to be produce the most shell shoes. Where I really haven't seen much shell at all is Italy, I'm guessing they really don't like it.

    I can definitely understand people not enjoying making shoes out of it, though. With how rigid and thick it feels, it's gotta be a lot more difficult to work than calfskin.


    yes as a generalization the English dont like shell and most of the maker i know personally hate using it to make shoes, most will make for export but but demestically most prefer calf.

    not so much the thinkness which makes it hard to work with, there is not a lot of give with it i find and it does not have a memory like calf does so it does not hold it shape as well - also it is prone for splitting during making

    try and get EG to make a dover in shell[​IMG]
     

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