What about Cordovan/Oxblood?

  • tomatwell1

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    Nov 19, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Generally, 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?
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    Nov 19, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Um......I just make friends with people around my height so that I can inherit clothes and shoes they jettison.
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    Nov 20, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    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?


    KEEP wearing your Cordovans. icon_cool.gif
    You can wear it during fall/winter. And its a color not a lot of guys KNOW how to wear, so youre Good.
    You may have to look online for them too, since most stores will carry what they think will sell more. I mean, they dont even sell NAVY leather shoes to go with my navy dress slacks! Now whats up with that!
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    Nov 20, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    One of my pet peeves is to see guys wear black pants or a black suit with a brown belt and brown shoes. Want to slap them silly.
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    Nov 20, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    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. icon_biggrin.gif

    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/



  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 20, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    In the 50's men would never wear brown after 5:00. Frank Sinatra used call one his colleagues "Charley Brown Shoes" because of his habit of wearing brown after dark.

    I only keep cordovan and black in my lace up and loafers so that I don't have to worry about wearing brown after 5:00 and affending Mr. Sinatra. :-) Seriously, I only buy brown casual shoes that I wear with jeans and some fall/winter cords and tweeds.

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    Nov 20, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    Oxblood leather is actually very fashionable these days; I read an article somewhere recently expounding the stylishness of rich burgundy & oxblood leathers in shoes, jackets, duffle bags, etc.

    Gay communication out.
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    Nov 20, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    Even Weejuns dropped the Oxblood. icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 20, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    My God!! I haven't thought of these colors since I ONLY wore Johnston & Murphy's 40+ years ago!!! As I recall, I paid about $150 per pair back then...and I just Googled their site. NOW, they start about $150 for something very plain...the ones I wore are now $375...and they have a crocodile version for $750.