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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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IMHO, the primary advantages of shell cordovan shoes are the material's innate beauty (that deed lustrous appearance), durability (the shoes never seem to wear out. my oldest have been in service for over 25 years and shoe no signs of failure!) and ease of maintenance (a quick wipe and buff before and after each wearing and the very occasional, light polishing).

I would also second rebel222's suggestion that you consider the Alden LHS in shell cord, as the best option for a penny loafer.
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