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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

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

  1. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    Agree^^ My pair after about two weeks now looks very close to the pair you pictured above; it seems, especially with old shell, that getting it well "lubed" again is half the battle to fixing color, creases, etc.

    No photos on hand, but the deer bone has helped a ton to even out the vamp, and I have used both lexol conditioner and saphir cordovan creme on my pair. They are currently very, very moist and I shouldn't add any more product for a little while, just brushing.

    Once you get it deeply saturated again, all you really need is a brush.
     
  2. dddrees

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    Cordovan is a lot of things:

    It's dressy, It's casual

    It's boots, It's shoes, It's loafers

    It's #8, It's Brown, It's Cognac, It's Chocolate, It's Walnut, It's Caramel, It's Blue, It's Green

    It's St Crispins, Its Edward Green, It's Rider Boot Co, It's Crockett and Jones, It's Alfred Sargeant, It's Carmina, It's Alden, and It's Rancourt.


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  3. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    ^^^ Holy cordovan porn, Batman!
     
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  4. wklq76a

    wklq76a Senior member

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    I see something like 9 creases total among all of them...very nice collection!
     
  5. tifosi

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    Fantastic collection , ddd. But you should have blurred out the Aldens as they are forbidden in this thread. haha!
     
  6. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    True, but they were my first Cordovan shoes and boots after all.


    Thanks everybody.
     
  7. BCer

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    Allen Edmonds Promontory Point MTO Shell Cordovan:
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  8. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Definitely close relatives, however you can certainly tell the difference when it comes to the stitching.
     
  9. RealityChk

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    I have a pair of Hugo Boss Loafers that I am wondering if they are Black Shell Cordovan. Thanks for any help they have the wave and puffiness and just slight wave creases.

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  10. YRR92

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    ^^

    No, RealityChk, those ain't shell. See the fine creases, like calf has and shell doesn't have?

    Those are just shoes that haven't had trees put in.
     
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  11. El Argentino

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    If Hugo Boss made it, it is not shell cordovan.
     
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    these look awesome. definitely prefer toe of promontory over 744. i love that both pairs are unlined; makes for a more comfortable boot imo. also another nice touch is they use 100% shell around the inner ankle and tongue area. typically you'd see calf
     
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  13. RealityChk

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    Yes I do. Thanks still learning!
     
  14. BCer

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    Not sure what you mean here. Allen edmonds makes the 744 for Wolverine, of course as well as their Promintory. In my understanding, AE's first attempt at the Prominotory was shut down, due to it being too close to the 744's and the exclusivity agreement they have with Wolverine. So the Prommies disappeared off their website for a while, and reappeared with a few changes. In any case, if you snoop around on SF you'll find enought statements that they're both made by AE. So I'm not sure what you're referring to about the stitching being obvious.
     
  15. tifosi

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    +1. Correct
     
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    Yup the tongue is 100% shell too. In fact it's such buttery soft leather it hardly stands up on its own. I can't say enough how much I love these boots - albeit I'm biased as they're my first and only shells. Haha
     
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    I'd be biased if they were my 20th pair of shell. They are gorgeous. I hope AE brings them back to the MTO program.
     
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    I didn't realize they've stripped the Prommies off the MTO program? I have to purely thank Bl@ster for the forethought to get these made. I have spent quite a bit of time on them with Saphir Reno, rubbing and buffing, removing a lot of brown, dull crap. Still want to spend some more time on the sides - I think I've pretty much accomplished what I want on the toes and vamps. Amazing how they've gone from dark brown, to a lighter golden-brown colour. And the finish has gone from a flat satin-like sheen, to a glow with tremendous depth. I have wondered for years what all you guys were talking about when you raved about this holy grail "shell" stuff. GOT IT NOW!
     
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    You can not do an MTO from AE unless it is in the full price section of the website. No old models and no clearance models. They are revamping the MTO program and old models may be available at some point.
     
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    All you long-time shell experts may laugh at my blissful ignorance, but after spending a little more time getting the Allen Edmonds 'crap' off my new boots, I've noticed something that, well, I guess gives shell it's amazing character! Two pictures in the same location, at the same time, at different angles:

    First the side panel is lighter than the vamp & toe...
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    Turn the boot around, showing its same side, and the side is way darker than the toe and vamp!
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