12 March 2011

Another Man's Cordovan

Hot on the heels (heh, heh) of the gourmet boot acquisition comes a little more shoe porn, this time in the form of tassel loafers, "Breather Wright's" by long gone E.T.Wright:

A perfect ruddy red/brown color, plays well with pale yellow socks and wide wale cords in "cinnamon". Softness, patina, lack of hard creases and obvious level of care by the previous owner lead me to believe these are shell cordovan. Beautiful.

I know, I've posited before that wear and tear, or in this case glorious patina, only counts if it's ones own, and I stick by it. But who can say no to shell cordovan at $8.99?

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice shoes, not shell cordovan.

Given your luck I'm sure you'll find a pair of cigar shell LWBs soon enough though.
-Joe

Giuseppe said...

I think they are. Texture and touch don't photograph well. I also did some homework or Wright shoes prior to this post, and all signs point to cordovan.

But like you say, they are nice either way.

Anonymous said...

Great shoes, good find. I am rather certain they not shell cordovan though. Shell is not particularly soft, and does hard crease. In other words, it does not micro-crease like in the picture of your left foot with the many small creases. Shell tends to make one deep and pronounced line for each crease. Still great shoes, and to tell you the truth, shell is not terribly comfortable in a tassel slip on.

Rob said...

Those look very nice but I'll confirm that they're not shell. Like the last anon poster said, those micro creases are a sure sign of calf, while shell makes 'wavy' creases and has a waxy dull glow on the surface. I found a pair of old shell tassels like that once and I can say that I prefer calf. Shell is overrated (and overpriced!)

Anonymous said...

how can you make the moral judgment that wear and tear and patina only count if they're one's own when 95 percent of the clothes you wear are used????

T said...

Damnit.

Sol Rosenberg said...

100% not shell, sorry G.

Jesse Thorn said...

Those are nice shoes, but definitely not shell cordovan. The Anon posters are absolutely right.

Giuseppe said...

Anon.,

I make sure not to buy things that are ripped and worn when I get them, that's how.

Everyone else,

I suppose I'll have to take this one on the chin. Much as I would love a pair of cordovan shoes, I suppose it doesn't much matter. At least we can eat the rest of the cow, right?

Jho78 said...

But you may already have a pair of shell longwings, right?

Anonymous said...

G-

By all appearances it looks like you already own a pair of Shell Cordovan shoes:

http://anaffordablewardrobe.blogspot.com/2009/03/best-new-shoes-are-old-shoes.html

-Joe

Young Fogey said...

"At least we can eat the rest of the cow, right?"

Ever had horse? They eat it raw in Japan--oh, man, talk about delicious! I've also had it expertly barbecued, and that's some good stuff, too.

In Belgium, they fry their pommes frites in horse fat, and that, my friend, is the way to prepare French fries.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Joe. Those other shoes are definitely shell.

Larry

Roger said...

@Young Fogey

Frying frites/patat in horse fat is virtually unknown these days in Belgium. What the UK calls 'Beef dripping' was always more common anyway.

The horse-slaughtering industry (mainly in places like Canada from horses imported from the U.S.) for consumption here in Europe is not a pretty business. It escapes a lot of the regulation.

Van said...

I'm glad I found this blog! I'm a fellow thrifter, lover of vintage/affordable men's fashion :)

notesandbeats said...

Can I ask you where you get all of those nice pale-colored socks?

Giuseppe said...

Polo Ralph Lauren via JoyOfSocks.com

Claude said...

As long as we're splitting hairs, here, I'm not sure that Guiseppe's "moral judgement" regarding wear and tear is "moral" so much as an indication of preference.
That being said I'm having a hell of a time finding anything half as nice for 3x the price on ebay.