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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, cordovan last longer than calf. It is a much more resilient material & is less prone to scuffing & scratches. Most importantly for me it retains its shape & will not stretch like calf shoes. Scratches & most imperfections can be buffed out.

I would however recommend that if you are not familar with cordovan & Alden shoes to go into a dealer or store to get fitted properly as the full strap is one of the hardest shoes to get a proper fit. It is not like most shoes in the Aberdeen collection. Most people who have this shoe will compromise in someway because they like the way the shoe fits in my experience. The shoe can be had in black, #8 & mahogany.
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