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Is cordovan all that?

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

  1. commodorewheeler

    commodorewheeler Senior member

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    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]
    I've read that EG doesn't do any hand-sewns or boots in shell, so your comment makes sense to me. However, I did see an absolutely beautiful pair of Sandringhams in dark cognac shell on the Leather Soul website. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Unregistered

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    A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice...

    The Vass on the other hand....... [​IMG]
     
  3. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've read that EG doesn't do any hand-sewns or boots in shell, so your comment makes sense to me. However, I did see an absolutely beautiful pair of Sandringhams in dark cognac shell on the Leather Soul website.

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    yes these are nice! - shell need broging for me as it glows and does not shine

    A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice...

    The Vass on the other hand....... [​IMG]


    clunky is fine and it has its place - just imagine them with heavy cotton pants or jeans, knocks a long wing for 6 IMO
     
  4. NAMOR

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    A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice... The Vass on the other hand....... [​IMG]
    they look sleek when placed alongside the Darlton
     
  5. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    they look sleek when placed alongside the Darlton

    +1

    They look like sleeker Darltons, and I'm a Darlton fan.
     
  6. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    I was in an auto parts store the other day and an old timer starts going on about how he had a pair of "florsheims," meaning my longwings, how he bought them in '71 at the only shoe store in town for $35, whatever, then he kind of looks again, frowns, and says... "Mine were leather, though."
     
  7. Jack2000

    Jack2000 Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    I was in an auto parts store the other day and an old timer starts going on about how he had a pair of "florsheims," meaning my longwings, how he bought them in '71 at the only shoe store in town for $35, whatever, then he kind of looks again, frowns, and says... "Mine were leather, though."
     
  8. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    I was in an auto parts store the other day and an old timer starts going on about how he had a pair of "florsheims," meaning my longwings, how he bought them in '71 at the only shoe store in town for $35, whatever, then he kind of looks again, frowns, and says... "Mine were leather, though."

    [​IMG]
     
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    I was feeling some cordovan in a store and I was able to mark it with my nail. Is this not a real mark, but instead can be easily rubbed/polished out?
     
  11. JamesX

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    I was feeling some cordovan in a store and I was able to mark it with my nail. Is this not a real mark, but instead can be easily rubbed/polished out?


    Cordovan is not steel [​IMG] You can still scuff it and mark it. They polish out really well though. Can also try Deer Bone, though I never done so myself.
     
  12. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I was feeling some cordovan in a store and I was able to mark it with my nail. Is this not a real mark, but instead can be easily rubbed/polished out?


    Cordovan gets nasty looking "scratches" fairly easily, but they buff out with the horsehair brush with little work.
     
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    ordered my RL Dartlon Penny Loafers two weeks ago. Still waiting for them [​IMG]
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    ordered my RL Dartlon Penny Loafers two weeks ago. Still waiting for them [​IMG]

    Karma is getting back at you for the JLs you grabbed [​IMG]
     
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    Cross-post from the Vass porn thread, but here are some close-ups of Horween black shell cordovan.

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  16. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    black shell is the one color that I don't think is really worth paying more for than calf. at least, it's the last shell color I would buy
     
  17. Slewfoot

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    black shell is the one color that I don't think is really worth paying more for than calf. at least, it's the last shell color I would buy

    I used to think so as well. But shell is always just more fun! :^)
     
  18. Leather man

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    No it isn't all that IMO. I have four pairs but they are impractical. Shell Cordovan does not breath so is too hot on many days - even in England! I only find mine comfortable in the late Autumn and Winter - so not good value for money either.

    What is lovely about Shell is it moulds wonderfully to your feet so is very comfortable! I am told it outlasts calf but I've seen examples of cracked cordovan so am doubtful about this.
     
  19. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    It's OK... It has its place. I would never get it for every day dress shoes. It has more of a rustic look to me. I like it for rainy weather shoes.
     
  20. bilge316

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    Recently bought my first pair of shells. I took a flyer on some AE Park Ave shells in burgundy that I found on ebay. Never received as many compliments on my shoes as I did the first time I wore them. I think they really look great, but I can see why shell wouldn't be as worthwhile if they were black.
     

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