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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

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

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    what makes them so desirable. i really want to know?
     
  2. forex

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    The wingtips are made on 325 last which fits me very well and cordovan needs very little maintenance so they are good beater shoes,for me at least.
     
  3. Joenobody0

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    They're shell, which either appeals to you or not. If not, then nothing would make them desirable to you. If you're a fan of shell, then these are shell shoes that aren't made by Alden - which appeals to me due to their higher than shitty build quality. Also, the last fits my foot well.
     
  4. MalfordOfLondon

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    The RL Wingtip Darlton are the most versatile shoes in my wardrobe. It's the perfect last / design for shell in my opinion.
     
  5. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    you're welcome, joe. shell appeals to me.

    i just wanted to get behind the hype. iirc, they are made by c&j, which is a mid tier producer under the aspect of construction and quality. agreed, better than alden.

    they are rather expensive for what they are. the last is uninspiring and the heel is a massive block. in other words. the balance, what makes a shoe, is not really given.

    if they fit you well. this is all what matters.
     
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    At their full price of $800 I wouldn't consider them for a second. I'd get something like Vass. At the $397.5 I paid for my pair, they seem like good value for money.
     
  7. TheWGP

    TheWGP Senior member

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    And now for something slightly different...
    Vintage E.T. Wright mahogany shell cordovan wingtips.

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    Those are friggin bad-ass.
     
  9. teddieriley

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    I suppose this is really subjective. Many would say the same about the shoes made in the Austro-Hungarian tradition that you so covet.
     
  10. fritzl

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    thanks
     
  11. fritzl

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    agreed, it's subjective and it's hard to understand, if you have never handled a balanced pair of shoes. either it's english, italian, french, spanish or of A-H origin.

    the darlton is by no means not a good pair of shoes. i just wanted to understand the hype. i don't stand back to critizize shoes from e.g. vass or the usual aspects. so what?

    well, go ahead.
     
  12. fritzl

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    +1, wonderful
     
  13. greekgeek

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    Looking very nice... Are these the gun metal Shell?
     
  14. jhcam8

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    ^ Thanks very much.

    Yes, that's the MTO Horween Gunmetal shell with Tirolese Hand Welting and crepe soles. A long wait, but worth it.
     
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    that gunmetal is frikken sweet
     
  16. MalfordOfLondon

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    +1.

    Great thread - I think we're going to see some real beauties in here.
     
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    I have heard you talk about "balanced shoes" in the past and I never knew what you meant. After you mentioned the size of the heel stack on the Darltons I compared them to a few of my Aldens and the heels were much bigger (not higher, longer)! You sir have a well developed eye for shoes.
     
  18. fritzl

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    well said, thank you.
     
  19. UrbanComposition

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    This is a great thread. Wonderful shoes.
     
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    e' un pellame molto resistente e difficilmente esita nelle classiche screpolature

    I have seen a few Andrea Venturi on yoox but never in shell.

    Okay you have got me. How do you get that much patina on NOS vintage shell shoes aka unworn?

     
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