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Cordovan/ Alden/ Allen Edmonds

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Is cordovan worth it, and what is the real advantage? Is it durability, shine, status, or something else?

I will be purchasing either the Alden full strap slip on, or the Allen Edmonds Randolph. The shoes look almost identical and are both available in calf and cordovan. I'd like recomendations on either of these shoes, and the pros and cons (if any) on cordovan. Links to each shoe below.

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Flanderian, I agree with your post and prefer calf as well. I think the perceived upside of shell is frequently the lone focus of such threads. I don't see your post as shell-bashing at all and honestly discussing the few perceived downsides of shell keep it real for those considering a purchase and provides greater value. I'm surprised we haven't seen more disenchanted shell buyers who forked out $600 for "magic shoes" and haven't gotten taller, better looking, or started making more money. LOL :icon_smile_big:
Shell cordovan doesn't make me better looking????

Dang. I want a refund.
Ha! Well, some would say if they grew taller and made more money getting better looking would be moot. :devil:
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