*ALDEN of New England Black SHELL CORDOVAN Monk Strap: 44D
Alden of New England
BLACK Shell Cordovan Monk Strap
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 case, 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 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.
Size Details:Alden’s generous 10.5D US....Continental 44-44.5D, for the medium width foot.
This shoe has been professionally resoled and heeled and very lightly worn since. The show some creasing but no actual wear.
Alden of New England
BLACK Shell Cordovan -Pferdeleder
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.
Size Details:44-44.5D (Alden's über-grosse 10.5D US) (9,5F UK) für den mittel-breiten Fuss.