tomatwell1 saidGenerally, when dressing up, I'll wear black shoes with black/gray slacks, brown shoes with brown/tan/kakki/olive slacks and corodvan/oxblood shoes with blue slacks. However, while looking for new shoes recently, I noticed that men's shoes were now black, brown or tan. What's up with that? Why no more cordovan?
Where have you been looking? They are everywhere. I sell more of that color than black and brown combined. The lower priced brands like Johnston Murphy and Cole Haan have it available in just about every model of dress shoe that comes in black.
Better brands like Alan Edmonds and Alden both carry the color, but also carry the traditional Shell Cordovan leather in both black and burgundy. The advantage is the soles are welted in such a way that they can be resoled many times and Shell Cordovan leather upper can be reconditioned to near new condition. If you have the extra cash, invest in a pair of shoes that are going to last you 10 to 15 years longer than a basic pair of calfskins.
I love my Alden wingtips. http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=95
Also, if you're doing serious shoe shopping and encounter sales people that do not know the difference between the Shell Cordovan leather and what is often described as the cordovan color, you should probably shop someplace else. http://horween.com/index.php/leathers/