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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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I sell a lot of shell cordovan shoes on here and eBay. IMHO, the main advantage of cordovan is its durability. It scracthes, but a quick brushing & polishing will take almost anything out. Also, it shines very easily. The status is an advantage to some

On a side note, the Randolph in cordovan is notorious for tearing right where the strap meets the body of the shoe. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this model torn. If you don't have an opportunity to try it on before buying, I wouldn't buy it. I think the tearing occurs when the vamp is too low for a particular person's foot.

If you are open to suggestions, the LHS is a better made loafer than the full strap by Alden. Beside the cosmetic differences (and the fact that I have a brand new pair for sale in the Trade exchange :icon_smile_wink:), I think the LHS is better constructed. I also think that it looks better after some wear & creasing. I think it is more important to look at how a shell cordovan shoe looks with creases than brand new.
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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.
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