The Ideal Shell Cordovan Shoe?

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  1. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    I would really like to see what those look like well-worn.
     


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    Teacher Senior member

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    I suppose if I had to pick just one, it would be a captoe blucher with medallion (no other borguing) in whiskey. Choice number two would be a completely unbrogued wingtip bal in whiskey. Choice number three would be a wholecut in ravello...no, just kidding: whiskey!

    I loves me my whiskey.
     


  3. sho'nuff

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    it would be cool and fascinating to see if they can pull off a shell cordovan shoe in this design

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    with no.8 for the shoe color and blend into whiskey shell for the captoe.
    i wonder if that would be possible, or they cannot process shell like that?
     


  4. Garage/Surf Rock

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    I just read on Wikipedia (reliable?) that cordovan leather came into use for shoes only in the early part of the 20th century. If that's the case, why do people profess that it ages so well when the shoes have only been around a little over a hundred years? I guess it's been used in other applications for centuries, but still, shoes seem like a whole 'nother beast.
     


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    no.8 for the shoe color and blend into whiskey shell for the captoe.
    i wonder if that would be possible, or they cannot process shell like that?


    Oh my goodness Brian, that is one crazy thought. If you brought it up with Skip Horween he'd probably kick you in the butt with a pair of Alden chukkas.
     


  6. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    Whoa, seriously, I think shoe is onto something.
     


  8. sho'nuff

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    Whoa, seriously, I think shoe is onto something.

    lol
    if they make this one shoe model, i am sure someone can make a LIVING off of selling that one shoe.
     


  9. JBZ

    JBZ Senior member

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    Alden LHS in either #8 or Whiskey. Luckily, I have them both (along with one in black and one in Revello).
     


  10. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Double-soled longwings in no. 8 or double soled wholecut blucher in no.8. Single-soled wholecut blucher is also o.k. Third choice would be the Alden LHS loafer in No. 8.

    I only own the latter and it is stockpiled as I have a pair of LHS in brown calf that I wear instead and I don't need another loafer in my rotation (I bought the shell because I saw them at BB and they are rarely available in my size). I do have a pair of triple-soled Carmina longwings in brown shell, which is close, though not as classic, a pair of single soled Alden modifed last non-wholecut bluchers in no. 8, an unusual pair of Alden modified last bluchers with hand sewn apron detailing (like the LHS loafer and without a split toe or toe stitching) AND hand stitching up the quarters (by the laces, the part that is normally decoratively machine stitched) in brown shell and a pair of Alden shell cap toe ankle boots in no. 8.
     


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    Plain toe monkstrap. For all the same reasons as the plain toe blucher, but with a bit of added interest above the vamp.
     




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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    I'd taken anything in shell cordovan.

    I don't like black, or ravello, cigar and #8 I like.

    The picture Brian posted of the Vass wholecut is delicious, to borrow a description.
    I'm partial to the NST, in cigar.
     


  13. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    Interesting thread.

    I considered this same question and bought the Alden longwing in the #8. I like a lot of brogueing in shell, and I wear my half- and full-brogue bluchers in calf all the time. Since I never wear a plaintoe blucher in calf (and do not even own one; all the plaintoes are bals), I don't think I would buy one in shell--at least, not as my first choice.
     


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    Plain toe monkstrap. For all the same reasons as the plain toe blucher, but with a bit of added interest above the vamp.

    I wonder if this, plus a small medallion would look good.
     


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