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*ALDEN of New England, BLACK SHELL CORDOVAN Cap-Toe Derby: 42D

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Alden of New England
BLACK Shell Cordovan - Pferdeleder
Cap-Toe Derby
Euro 380
Dies ist einer der grossartigsten Modelle der Firma Alden, der Shell Cordovan Cap-Toe Derby. Dieser Schuh ist ganz gewiss ein Klassiker, der in einer grossen Tradition steht. Ein jedes Stück Leder ist unterschiedlich und ich beginne zu glauben, dass Horween mit seinen besten Stücken tatsächlich Alden beliefert! Auf alle Fälle ist dies ein ausgenommen schönes Stück Cordovan.
Deutsche Grösse: 42D....(9D US)....(8E UK) für den mittel-breiteren Fuss.
Zustand: Von Alden restauriert. Mit Vibram Gummi-Sohle und dove-tailed McAfee Absatz, beide ungetragen. 
Alden of New England
BLACK Shell Cordovan Cap-Toe Derby
Euro 380
Alden is, of course the premiere purveyor of cordovan shoes in the world, and this shoe is proof positive of their excellence; truly one of my personal favourites. Every piece of leather is a bit different from every other and I begin to believe that Horween, of Chicago, (who provide cordovan leather to most of the premiere shoemakers in the world) reserve their choicest hides for Alden, their long-time top client, In any cases, the leather used in this shoe is an especially handsome piece of Cordovan and beautifully coloured in an intense and deeply saturated black. Cordovan is usually found in shades of burgundy -oxblood, cherry, aubergine; the very useful and practical black cordovan, as seen here, is the exception....as is the elegant unbrogued Cap-Toe variety. This shoe, if it is your size, is a true "find"!
Size: 9D US..... (8E UK)..... Continental: 42D, for the medium width foot. 
Condition: This shoe has been returned to and restored by the Alden factory. Subsequently, a thin "Topy" protective rubber sole has been fitted, as has a McAfee style dove-tailed combination heel. The shoes have not been worn since the restoration. 
Cordovan is traditionally an American preoccupation but now, lately, very much in vogue among European businessmen and professionals, who, after all, are the most likely to be able to afford these 600-plus Euro shoes. Duty and VAT make these American-made shoes considerably more expensive in Europe than in America, actually about 35% higher. 
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