The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

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

  1. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    hmmm interested in the riders

    how do you size compared to alden barrie size? go up half size for rider?
     
  2. tanbar

    tanbar Senior member

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    Most people go TTS, so yes if you take Barrie half down from your Brannock.
     
  3. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Marteganni for Ron Rider. Over 7 yrs old. Crappy iPhone pic [​IMG]
     
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    Here's something a little different for the thread.

    Found what are quite possibly the oldest shell cordovan shoes on the planet today.

    Edwardian to WWI era ankle boots, shell vamps and calfskin tops.

    Crest Shoe Co, Lewiston ME.

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  5. MoosicPa

    MoosicPa Senior member

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    They are in remarkably good condition for their age. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. NWTeal

    NWTeal Senior member

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    Would love to see how these look cleaned up. The cloth lining is interesting, but I assume normal for the times.
     
  7. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Decided not to risk polishing these, just brushed off the dust a bit. Canvas linings were pretty standard up until the 50's/60's
     
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    @capnwes - the world hasn't changed much. They look like the London Lounge boot done some years ago. Thanks for posting.
     
  9. VRaivio

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    ...I wonder why canvas or linen lining isn't as common today. Using it would speed up manufacturing and make pairs cheaper for factories, who could still charge the same end price with a bit of savvy marketing in the style of "LINEN - BRING THE NEW COOL". It wears cooler than hides, after all. All about that profit, you know.
     
  10. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Gentlemen,

    Those bal boots are something special for sure.

    I am a sucker for that old school nostalgia. I would sit around and look at items like that all day, but would get no work done.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Like many of you, I day dream about what it would be like to have lived in the great sartorial days of the past.

    However, is it more profound to live in those days when well dressed gentlemen were the norm, OR, is it perhaps deeply more profound to be a well dressed man in the midst of a poorly dressed culture?

    Rarity is profundity.
     
  11. JSO1

    JSO1 Senior member

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    Wearing my 31 year old Florsheims today. Not quite as vintage as those sweet black boots from a few posts ago, but hopefully these will someday be that old (and outlive me)...

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  12. Journeyman

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    VRaivio - In my experience, cheaper shoes typically do use canvas or linen for lining, rather than leather.

    When I first started in a "real" job about 15 years ago, I went out and bought a few pairs of Florsheim and Lloyd's shoes and they were all fabric-lined.

    I'm not sure about whether the shoes were warmer or not, but the lining wore through quite quickly at a couple of pressure points inside the shoe and, because the fabric had become stiffer with friction, sweat and so on, the edges where it tore then rubbed against my socks and felt quite uncomfortable. Of course, once the lining was worn through, my feet were then pressing against the outer layer of the shoes, which I'm sure wasn't good for the shoes.
     
  13. Joenobody0

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    Alden used a crappy "duck" lining on their Indy boots until relatively recently.
     
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    After 12 hours at the office and 2+ hours watching this great Cards-Bucs game, these babies still feel great.

    Carmina LWB's in Cognac.

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