Shell or not Shell? Thread

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  1. BBC

    BBC Senior member

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    thanks all, they are not AE Macneils but are similar styled Florsheim Imperials. I'm pretty sure they made this in black calf and in black shell though.

    To be absolutely correct, those are v-cleat, 5-nail, Royal Imperials and are definitely shell (though Royal Imperials also came in calf).

    see, I think so too. they probably need an immediate resole and heel. but the upper looks to be in good shape, and I could probably give my cobbler $85 and these would look sweet.

    of course, I don't know what the insole looks like. that could be scary. Dr. Scholls?


    They will have a full leather lining so unless the previous owner really trashed them they could be easily saved. I wouldn't be surprised if the sole still has a lot of wear left since vintage Royal Imperial/Imperial double leather soles wear like iron, but those heel caps definitely need replacement.
     


  2. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Vamp is clearly shell. Heel looks like calf. Any possibility of mixed leather types on one pair of shoes?
    That silly.
     


  3. deltashell

    deltashell Senior member

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    The wingtips are also shell.
     


  4. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    bought the black longwings. they are certainly shell. and the shell is very soft - these shoes in general are...um...well broken in, but they are super comfortable. certainly more comfortable than my other pair of fairly new Florsheim Imperial shell longwings. (they are the same size).

    I think more than anything they need a polish, which is dearly needed. I will take them to a cobbler to see what he thinks. there are no soft spots on the soles though

    also, I can't believe people walk around in the v cleats. treacherous.
     


  5. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Had this in the B&S thread, but thought I would give it a shot here : consensus there says no shell...
    I just won these Brooks loafers for $129... pretty sure they are shell.. calling the experts here, are they? Not a bad price, I thought..
     


  6. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    this pic looks like there is fine creasing, ie not shell

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  7. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    received the original black longwings. V cleat was in bad shape, and it annoyed me anyways, so I had it replaced with a Vibram heel. much better. shoes polished. sole was in good shape, no work was needed on it. spent about $30 at the cobbler

    thoughts?

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  8. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    ^^^They turned out well. Looks good.
     


  9. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    new submission. Ive gotten pretty good at this, but with NOS it's hard to tell.

    vintage Hanover. shell or not shell?

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  10. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    new submission. Ive gotten pretty good at this, but with NOS it's hard to tell.

    vintage Hanover. shell or not shell?

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    I vote shell.
     


  11. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    someone else did too, they sold about 10 minutes after I posted!
     


  12. con detail

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    I found these old Bostonian Crown Windsor loafers at Goodwill the other day thinking they are shell but I am not 100% sure.

    Other Shell bostonians I have seen have on ebay or google image search have "shell cordovan" stamped in the sole and are burgundy. These do not say shell cordovan on them (perhaps they have been resoled but i don't think so) and are black.


    So shell or not? Thanks
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  13. catside

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    someone else did too, they sold about 10 minutes after I posted!

    Bc they are really nice!
     


  14. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    I found these old Bostonian Crown Windsor loafers at Goodwill the other day thinking they are shell but I am not 100% sure.

    Other Shell bostonians I have seen have on ebay or google image search have "shell cordovan" stamped in the sole and are burgundy. These do not say shell cordovan on them (perhaps they have been resoled but i don't think so) and are black.


    So shell or not? Thanks


    Those are actually monkey testicle. Rhesus, by the looks of it.
     


  15. Grayland

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    I found these old Bostonian Crown Windsor loafers at Goodwill the other day thinking they are shell but I am not 100% sure.

    Other Shell bostonians I have seen have on ebay or google image search have "shell cordovan" stamped in the sole and are burgundy. These do not say shell cordovan on them (perhaps they have been resoled but i don't think so) and are black.


    So shell or not? Thanks


    Without question...shell.
     


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