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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior Member

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    X-post from another thread. A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they get quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older that have been somewhat regularly worn (i.e. more than 50 times per year)? And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.
     


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    Jer, the company that made these shoes , Keith Highlander , went out of business in the 1980s they have obviously been resoled at least twice
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    Cross-post answer [​IMG].
    Cordovan is unquestionably tougher and more wear resistant than calf. The number of recraftings that a Goodyear-welted shoe can take (no matter what it's made of) is limited. Every time the welt is removed and a new one is stitched on, the leather upper at the inseam becomes weaker and weaker. Think of it like tearing a solid piece of paper vs. a piece with a perforated line. The more perforations, the easier it is to tear. When they stitch on a new welt, the needle is just "machine gunning" through the leather, and it is undoubtedly making new holes and widening others. After this has been done a few times, it simply becomes too weak to keep being done.
     
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    I think some of Uncle Mac's shells are 30+ years old and they look brand new. However, he has such a large rotation so that probably helps them stay looking new for so long. I can't imagine he wears the same pair of shoes more than 10-15 times a year.
     
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    This is an interesting piece on the subject:

    http://baus.net/alden-cordovan-af53-long-term-review/
     


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    blacksamurai30: Quick question, I sent a pair of Alden cordovan loafers in last wednesday using the recrafting service, when should I expect to hear back from Alden regarding the shoes?

    A long time from now. :D

    You will get a postcard that will give you an idea of when to expect them. But add at least 2 weeks.

    July 26 was my 10 week date from the date of their acknowledgment of receipt. And the date of their acknowledgment of receipt was at least 4 days after they actually received them (I had tracking). When I checked last week I was told "They will be shipped out next week." So, in all seriousness, I don't expect them until next week, which will fall between 2 and 3 weeks after the 10 week date..
     


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    leffot marble indy's with a well worn/repaired apc petit standards.....

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    Those look amazing!
     


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    Damn... I need to get to the gym. I could not come close to fitting in those jeans
     


  10. mdubs

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    First photos of some of my new purchases. I hope to bring my Nikon in to take photos of all of my recent acquisitions on Thursday. But here is my first installment, the Unlined LHS in Color 8 from Brooks Brothers by Alden. I chose to photograph the left shoe due to the presence of the Horween stamp. Hope that you enjoy!

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    I guess they need a little polishing/cleaning already.

    -Mike
     


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    Enjoy those LHS #8's. They are magnificent! I can't wait to see more pics.
     


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    Those are actually the exact pair I'm having re-crafted! I found them kinda beaten up for a steal. I'm excited to see how close they get to those pics [​IMG]
     


  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew, enjoy wearing your lhs in good health all they need is to be buff with a smooth cloth
     


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    My go-to: natural chromexcel modified last plain toe boots.

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    Nice pick-up mdubs. It's the shoe responsible for my shell addiction. Wear them in the best of health.
     


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