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Shell cordovan creasing: how much is too much?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by makewayhomer, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to come to terms with how shell looks in the long term, and whether I really like the way it creases. I'm certainly sure I don't like the pic below...but this is something that happens if you don't use trees and/or wear shoes that don't fit, right? right?

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  2. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    oof. i wouldn't wear shoes like that unless i was, uh, at a fancy event in a field at a farm.
     
  3. distinctive

    distinctive Well-Known Member

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    They definitely wouldn't look like that on your feet. Plus, if those were calf, you would probably have holes and cracks all over them.
     
  4. imatlas

    imatlas Well-Known Member

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    I think those are too large for the owner. I have a pair of shell chukkas that are a little too big on me, and they're similarly creased.
     
  5. Spats

    Spats Well-Known Member

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    You must only ask "shell guys." If they tell you they look fine like that, and that they are, in fact, highly desirable like that, you will like them.
    Any other questions?
     
  6. weilian

    weilian Well-Known Member

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    You must only ask "shell guys." If they tell you they look fine like that, and that they are, in fact, highly desirable like that, you will like them.
    Any other questions?


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  7. Champagnelifestylenomoney

    Champagnelifestylenomoney Well-Known Member

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    Too much creasing. Either they are the wrong size or the volume of the shoe is too much for your feet (incorrect last size) - good shoe trees would sort these problems out over time. Finally they may have been poorly re-soled pinching the uppers (new soles needed to sort this out).
     
  8. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Well-Known Member

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    I hope my shells don't look like that next month.
     
  9. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    This is one reason I like shell for clunky round-toed shoes. I sometimes wonder what some of the sleeker shell styles will end up looking like after five years of regular wear.
     
  10. enigma77

    enigma77 Well-Known Member

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    Wow I'm imagining how those shoes were when they were new. Must have been amazing.
     
  11. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    The shoes in the pic look as if they were too large. I have shells dating back a decade, and none looks that way.
     
  12. Siggy

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    Ugh! None of my shells look even close to that creased. If they did, I would never buy another pair of shells.

    One thing that probably plays a role is that these are monks, with no seem at all on the vamp (and they are probably too big). My shells are mostly derbies, some captoes etc. and the space for creasing is more limited.
     
  13. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    I like plain toe shells particularly for how they show off the creases, but the shoes in the pic show them to the extreme, IMO, and not in a pleasing way.
     
  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    That's definitely too much.
     
  15. srivats

    srivats Well-Known Member

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    Here is how my oldest pair of shell looks:

    [​IMG]

    My PTBs usually crease a bit more since there is nothing to 'guide' the creases. Chukkas and monks will definitely crease more but that pic seems overly creased --> probably due to improper sizing. The color on them is very beautiful though.
     
  16. Drydis Greis

    Drydis Greis Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to come to terms with how shell looks in the long term, and whether I really like the way it creases. I'm certainly sure I don't like the pic below...but this is something that happens if you don't use trees and/or wear shoes that don't fit, right? right?

    [​IMG]


    ALways use shoe trees! The creasing will still be there but not anywhere near as pronounced as in that photo. I have a number of shell shoes/boots and never let them go without trees in them after wear. Just my thinking out loud...
     
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    they look fine to me.

    new:

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  18. thinman

    thinman Well-Known Member

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    As others posted, the shoes in the OP appear mis-sized. Here is a pair of shell cordovan monks (Martegani) after about a year of being worn once a week (Stored between wearings with lasted shoe trees inserted): [​IMG] The creasing is no more severe than my other shell cordovan shoes.
     
  19. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    ^^^Those look good, and have aged nicely.
     
  20. thinman

    thinman Well-Known Member

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    ^^^Those look good, and have aged nicely.

    Thanks. They're some of my favorite shoes and get spot-polished after every wearing. Every new scuff physically hurts me!
     

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