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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. ace13x

    ace13x Well-Known Member

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    I was considering these Black Shell AE Dundee's, but wanted to see what the Wise Lords of Shell thought. Can these scuffs be remedied? What about the condition of the shell on the tips?

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  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    So, you can take a look at all the boots on preorder here:

    http://www.styleforummarket.com/rider-boot/

    Note that in addition to the cognac shell, we are also doing the balmoral boot in the mahogany shell:
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  3. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    Black Shell Cordovan is usually the most forgiving IME. You can buff out and/or smother those scuffs at the top of the boot in black cream and it may fix it.

    Remember, your trouser will cover that most of the time.

    The rough and bumpy shell on the toe tip is a whole different story. That will never go away.

    The thing about this pair is that it is not really meant to be a dress boot. At least not in my book.

    So, bumpy shell is not that big of a deal. If that were an oxford boot or shoe that you were seeking to achieve a high shine on, then it would be a big deal.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks.
     
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  4. ace13x

    ace13x Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I was pretty sure about the scuffs, but since I was asking about the rough shell, I figured why not ask just in case. Your point about not being a dress boot is well taken. They're seconds for $529. I think I'm going to pass since the roughness is downer for me. Maybe if they dropped sub $400 like during last years RDA sale (if I recall that sale correctly), I'd feel differently, but I'd ratter wait and spend more for first. Probably in Brown.
     
  5. coolarrow

    coolarrow Well-Known Member

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    E brown shell Bradleys today (these were an MTO):

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  6. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, I have seen/owned shells from higher end makers than AE and they have the bumpy effect going on.

    That is the nature of cordovan.

    So, you must decide.

    Actually, that price is fair. And the $400 price is a good deal.

    But, I would recommend you wait and get exactly what you want.

    Thanks.
     
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  7. Watchman1

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    Great color and the fit looks even better!
     
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  8. Gabru

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    Longwing (macneil-color8) against shortwing (C&J - brown)

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  9. Churchill W

    Churchill W Well-Known Member

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    Whisky Wednesday with some natural thrown in.

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  10. mdubs

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    Your AE Brown Shell NSTs are looking great. The NST is always a classic model.


    Both of those Wingtips are looking stellar. Did you lighten the edges on your Marlows? They look lighter than normal. Both are beauties though.


    Very nice Rancourts. Really cool loafers with the whole plain front thing. Assume that they are crazy comfy?

    -Mike
     
  11. Gabru

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    Thanks Mike, the short wings are actually not Marlows but another SWB they did for Brooks Brothers. My cobbler who installed the topy on these accidentally antiqued the edges as well ( they came out more lighter in the picture), not that I am complaining [​IMG]
     
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    Ha, gotcha. They do look a bit sleeker than the Marlow, that makes sense now. They actually look really nice with those edges.

    -Mike
     
  13. Canadianguy

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    E brown shell dundees in the sun.

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    Still my only pair of shells at this point. I'm thinking about making an addition to the collection in the near future...
     
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  14. Burzan

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    Peal & Co. boots today


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  15. daizawaguy

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    Anthony Cleverly [​IMG]
     
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  16. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    these are always cool!
     
  17. jogowill

    jogowill Active Member

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    Man, the color of these--as in, your particular pair--is just so beautiful. Something distinct from the #8 that they supposedly are. They look great with your denim, too.
     
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  18. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Well-Known Member

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    That's how my older color 8s look too. Everything Alden or newer than 2014 seems extra dark these days.

    They are gorgeous though. Amazing.
     
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  19. BackInTheJox

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    Rancourt shell loafers.

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  20. Burzan

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    They are a bit older and I believe have lightened a bit. I bought them new from another member here but they are on double leather soles, which is a run from I think two years ago from Brooks Brothers.

    I love the eggplant Alden color 8 so much, it has taken me some time to get used to this pair.



    Wonderful pics! I might need to see if I can break mine out today, though I think it's supposed to rain.
     
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