Looking for a sleek cordovan shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nosrep123, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. nosrep123

    nosrep123 Well-Known Member

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    What are some shoemakers that sell sleek cordovan shoes (oxfords, bluchers, or boots) and obtainable in the northeast corridor, preferably between NYC and Philadelphia? By sleek, I'm thinking something along the lines of Salvatore Ferragamo, but English shoes like CJ would suffice as well.

    I know that Trickers makes some cordovan shoes, but that's about it. SF's recommendations would be appreciated.

    Also what is the typical price? I'm guessing 550+, since AE cordovans are at that price.
     


  2. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Senior member

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    Spanish makers, Carmina and Meermin. Carmina will run you upwards to $700..Meermin substantially less (but Argentinian, not Horween, shell and shoddy QC). CJ has shell makeups, but they are only slightly sleeker than AE and Alden's offerings. EG, G&G, St. Crispin's will do MTOs for you in shell, but you'll need deep pockets.
     


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    nosrep123 Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, Meermin mostly sells cordovan in black. Carmina has boots that are roughly $640 in USD, with 0 shipping, which is $40 more than the RL/CJ cordovan boots I got for $600, so an extra 40 doesn't seem too bad if Carmina boots are sleeker. Too bad there aren't more designers selling cordovan shoes in sleeker lasts.

    I also did some research into Carmina retailers. Epaulet sells them online, but at a much higher price than if you were to order internationally. About 300 higher from what I saw.

    Should I just avoid the hassle of dealing with international orders/relatively unknown sizing and just keep my RL boots? My only issue with them is they aren't as sleek.
     
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    brax Senior member

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    Vass also does MTO in cordovan.
     


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    nosrep123 Well-Known Member

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    Since Meermin is relatively new, how much review of Meermin's Argentinian shell has there been? I'm interested in getting a pair, but I'm worried about the quality of their shell.
     


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