- Sep 30, 2020
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If anyone is curious, Ravello and Cigar are the only exclusive shell colors. Every other Horween Shell color isn't exclusive to any maker (I thought Chili was an AE exclusive, but its just Garnet actually and Walnut is gone forever.)This is the Alden thread so this will be blasphemy, but I've been down the road of hunting rare shell Aldens and have acquired them new in 1/2 size too small or too big or used, and value/money isn't worth it unless you start with the correct size in a suitable last and let the insole mould to YOUR feet. If you're going to "shell out" for rare shell, IMHO most expedient way is to consider other brands.
Carmina and C&J are at least on par with Alden and available at a similar price point in whiskey/cigar/ravello equivalent shades and both use Horween shell. My C&J Marlows in brown shell are the most comfortable and well-built shoes I've ever worn and IMO are superior to Alden PTB. C&J "dark brown" looks like Alden cigar. Carmina uses "Armagnac" shell which looks somewhere between ravello and cigar with olive undertones. Saddle shell looks like whiskey but with more orange undertones.
I also had a good experience ordering custom boots in horween armagnac shell from Rozsnyai in Hungary. They're very helpful and responsive on email and offer custom make-ups at Alden price point.
Enzo Bonafe in horween mohagany shell also looks fantastic but I don't have any direct experience.
These are standard horween shell colors:
Marbled Color 8
And the "rare" colors in production now are:
Amaretto, Armagnac and Garnet.
Brandy, Color 6, Color 16, Calvados, Ivywood, Gunmetal, and Saddle are not in production or planned currently. Carmina may have some Saddle left though.
I didn't ask about any blue shades or old bronze because I forgot honestly.
That's current as of last week.
Honestly I just wanted an excuse to post this.
Oh and color 2 and color 4 go in and out all the time, but no word on when more would be made available. Some manufacturers may have some stuff stored and some leather suppliers may have other stuff on the shelves from past runs.