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*Neuwertig - ALDEN of New England SHELL CORDOVAN Monk Strap:41.5E

[English Below]                                                                                   Artikelnummer: 009

Alden of New England

Shell Cordovan -Pferdeleder
Monk Strap
Euro 540 
Dies ist einer der grossartigsten Modelle der Firma Alden. Dieser Schuh ist ganz gewiss ein Klassiker, der in einer grossen Tradition steht. Ein jedes Stück Leder ist unterschiedlich und auf alle Fälle ist dies ein ausgenommen schönes Stück Cordovan.
Deutsche Grösse: 41.5E (Alden's über-grosse 8E US) (7,5F UK) für den mittel-breit bis etwas breiteren Fuss.
Zustand: Neuwertig: original Sohle und Absatz sehr leicht getragen  
Alden of New England
 
Shell Cordovan Monk Strap
Euro 540 
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 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 oxblood.
Size: Alden’s generous 8E US, fitting more like an 8.5E, thus Continental 41.5E or UK 7.5F, for the mid to somewhat wider foot.
Condition: Superb, near new example of this most handsome shoe. Soles and heels showing no appreciable wear.   
 
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 mostly American-made shoes considerably more expensive in Europe than in America, actually about 35% higher.  On the other hand, Monk Straps are very much in the English taste, an aristocrat's shoe from the old school, but have penetrated the consciousness of Continentals and North Americans over the years.  I myself am a great fan of the Monk and have a pair for myself in more or less every configuration, including calf skin, cordovan, and the not-to-be-neglected Suede Monk.  Most Monks are plain fronted, affording an elegant, streamlined look suitable for all but the most formal dress, and, punctuated with a discreet buckle, they proclaim the independence of the wearer. 
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