The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

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

  1. g.michael

    g.michael Senior member

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    ^One thing I noticed with my Darlton/Marlows is that the heel pad loses most of its spring after 10-20 wearings, while the Aldens keep going strong well past that mark. That's most of the comfort difference for me.
     


  2. sm31

    sm31 Senior member

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    Hard for me to say. I've had a pair of Alden PTBs for about a year, and a brand new pair of Darlton's. The latter last fits me better than the Barrie (which is a bit loose), so it's hard to isolate out comfort issues specific to the leather/construction. I'm hoping you're wrong though.
     


  3. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    dude what are those wingtip boots, alden? nice going namor
     


  4. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    glad, i haven't seen this disaster before. thanks for posting, though.
     


  5. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    Can I join your club? Brand new light cognac boots with Dainite soles from Carmina. (Apologies for the iPhone image quality.)

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    They're actually more brown/less orange than this.
     


  6. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    man Carmina always nails the proportions. Nice
     


  7. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    why disaster? Cheaney generally good value :eh:
     


  8. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    Among all middle-tier factories, Carmina has the most contoured and beautiful lasts. No competition. mymil, good luck trying to break those shell cordovan boots!
     


  9. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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    Very nice, Mymil - post pics after you've worn them a while.
     


  10. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    talking about sleek lasts on boots. paging spoo...
     


  11. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    proportions are totally off. in i-gent language: frankenshoe.
     


  12. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I'll have to agree with you there. Those Cheaneys are a bit of an abomination IMO.
     


  13. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    Thanks, gents! I was hunting for a svelte boot, and knew these were the ones as soon as I saw them. Carmina has recently opened up an online store, but last time I checked these weren't on it.

    As for breaking them in, that process will unfortunately be delayed, as I think I'm going to be sending them back for them to darken them with some sort of shoe magic spell. Has anybody heard of altering the color of cordovan post-tanning? I assume Betty's (of Carmina) suggestion is sound, and that they have the specialized supplies.

    On another note, the only pain point of ordering from Carmina was the timezone difference--we could only email every other day! One from Betty at 1 am, and one from me after she'd gone home for the day. :happy:
     


  14. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    They'll darken on their own, wear them and enjoy the process.
     


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    fritzl Senior member

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    +1
     


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