I started a post about 3 weeks ago praising my burgeoning collection of Alden cordovan boots, and I wanted to give special attention to the pair of black cordovan boots that I have owned for about a month now. Ive worn them at least 2 days a week, from heavy flannel suits, to jeans, and they are just the best. I have heard the comment many times that black cordovan is a bit of a waste of money, since you dont get the aging properties and subtle coloring of the color 8 cordovan. I have to disagree. They shine up so much better than any black calfskin shoes I have ever owned, and there is such a depth to the leather. These shoes have made me like black shoes. I am a devout brown shoe wearer, but I have to say, I am finding excuses to wear these boots all the time. I just wanted to give them the praise they deserve. On a related note, when I bought these shoes at the Alden store in NYC, the salesman told me that Allen Edmonds buys its cordovan from a different part of the horse, and its refected in both the quality, and the price, of those shoes. I do have to admit, I have returned 2 pair of cordovan leather shoes to AE, for a variety of issues. I was under the impression that all cordovan leather came from the rear section of the horse. Where would AE be getting theirs from instead?