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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Thanks moosic.
    I got them from superdenim.com
    I also picked up a pair in mogano which should be here soon.

    They've still got a couple pairs of black cordo for 335gbp shipped.
     
  2. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    And mogano cordovan Tricker's.
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  3. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Those look stellar Zippy. :)

    -Mike
     
  4. mosy

    mosy Senior member

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    I want to purchase one pair of brown shell shoes with single sole, specifically for summer wear (with dress slacks). If you had to choose between the Allen Edmonds Strand and the Enzo Bonafe shortwing, which would you go with?

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    All opinions appreciated!!!
     
  5. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    AE for me. The Italian shoes are too chiseled for me.
     
  6. mosy

    mosy Senior member

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    Thanks. I should have included that my summer rotation already includes the AE Park Ave in dark brown burnished calf, and the AE Fifth Ave in dark chili calf. Both of these are on the same last as the Strand - the iconic 65. I'm not against adding another 65 lasted shoe to my rotation - if I was then I wouldn't be considering the Strand. But I do think the fact that I already have those two shoes should be taken into consideration for this decision.
     
  7. rbhan12

    rbhan12 Senior member

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    Enzo Bonafe over AE any day.
     
  8. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    I prefer the look of the strand.
     
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    JSO1 Senior member

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    Go with the EB, assuming you can get sized properly. Otherwise, go with AE.
     
  11. mosy

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    Hmm sizing. If I am a 9d in AE and 8uk in most C&J lasts, would I just get an 8uk?
     
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  12. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    To my eyes, the pattern of that AE model is awful. On the other hand, those EB are beauties.
     
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  13. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Are you referring to the shape of the last, the brogueing, the medallion?
     
  14. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Strengths of the EB include:

    *Hand Welted Construction
    *Hand Lasted
    *Beveled Waist
    *Beautiful Last
    *Attention to Detail

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Watchman1 Senior member

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    But, OTOH the Strand is a classic model.

    Perhaps you could pick one up in calfskin as a 2nd?
     
  16. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    I should have used the word "design" insted of "pattern" (3 am here suffering from insomnia). To me the design is awful and maybe because of that the last too. Those lines of broguing are too wide and show me no finesse. Too loud for and oxford.
     
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    smfdoc Senior member

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    I have occasionally posted some pictures here of older styles that are more than 20 years if age and can thus be considered vintage. As a self serving PSA, I want to mention that I started a SF thread for the discussion and appreciation of all brands of vintage dress shoes. Show pictures, ask questions, share restoration information and post vintage shoes you may have for sale. All are invited to come to browse.
     
  18. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    This is pretty subjective.
     
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    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Well, I guess you are right. I thought you favored the chisel toe lasts from the Euro and English makers?

    Anyway, the Strand is great. I have owned it in 4 different shades, and still have the fabled Walnut Cordovan version as I know you do.

    I guess in my mind, for another 200 quid the OP could have gotten a shoe that is literally handmade.

    Thanks.
     
  20. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    I've found I don't really like the chiseled lasts, though I do have C&J Drummonds on the 348 last. They don't get very much wear. I do prefer sleeker lasts though like the 341 and 240 and you're right for the most part American lasts are a bit bulbous for me. With AE I prefer the 7 or 8 lasts which have a tapered, but not chiseled toebox.

    All of your other points are valid with the Enzo Bonafe shoes though.
     

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