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The 5 Best Alden Shell Cordovan Shoes & Boots You Can Buy

The 5 Best Alden Shell Cordovan Shoes & Boots You Can Buy

Dec 1st 2022

From an outside perspective, Alden Shell Cordovan shoes might seem interchangeable with the rest of the Alden collection – smooth, lustrous and richly colored in shades of burgundy color 8, brown and black. However, Alden Shell Cordovans are far more unique than most other men's Alden shoes.

Shell Cordovan is a unique material in terms of fine men's shoemaking. It's the name for a particular type of leather derived from the hindquarters of horsehide, making it far rarer and more labor-intensive. Coveted for its gorgeous sheen and incredible durability, a well-cared-for pair of Alden Shell Cordovan boots or shoes can truly last a lifetime. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the best pairs of Alden Shell Cordovans you can find to take your style to the next level.

1. Alden Men's 986 Shell Cordovan Leisure Handsewn

You can't think about Alden Cordovan shoes without picturing the men's 986 Leisure Handsewn. These men's shoes complete any outfit or look no matter the occasion. Made in the classic leisure moc style, these men's Shell Cordovan shoes are classic, versatile must-haves for a well-rounded wardrobe. Like all Alden's Shell Cordovan shoes, the Leisure Handsewn uses the centuries-old technique of pure vegetable tanning and hand finishing – a rare art practiced by the only tannery in the U.S. still producing genuine Shell Cordovan leather.

Leisure Handsewn men's Shell Cordovan shoes are the ultimate compromise between casual and dressy, looking just as classy with a sports coat and slacks as with a pair of worn-out jeans.

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Leisure Handsewn Shell Cordovan Shoes
Tanker Shell Cordovan Boots

2. Alden Men's 40218HC Shell Cordovan Tanker Boot

When shopping for the perfect pair of Alden Shell Cordovan boots, you can't pass up the 40218HC Tanker. These boots are some of the most famous in the entire Alden Shell Cordovan boot collection. Crafted on the Barrie last and featuring Alden's signature Norwegian hand-stitched split toe, the Alden Tanker boot is the ultimate in durability and support. Complete with speed hooks, antique edging and Commando soles, these Alden Shell Cordovan boots are incredibly versatile to work with any outfit.

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Alden Men's 975 Shell Cordovan Long Wing Blucher

Style-wise, the much sought-after Alden 975 Long Wing Blucher Oxfords do a fantastic job of toeing the line between casual and dressy. Those that know this model refer to it simply as the 975, a timeless classic that pairs perfectly with suits, denim or even shorts. Distinguishing themselves from other Alden Shell Cordovan Oxfords, the Long Wing Blucher features an incredible, delicate balance of brogues and wing tip patterns. Pick up a pair of these men's Shell Cordovan shoes today. You'll appreciate the versatility of a casual-to-informal shoe perfect for any occasion (aside from black tie events).

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Shell Cordovan Long Wing Bluchers
Alden Shell Cordovan Indy Boots

4. Alden D6947C Indy Boot Shell Cordovan Commando Sole

Alden Indy boots have virtually no competition in terms of durability, comfort and lasting wear. The D6947C Alden Shell Cordovans in the rugged and iconic Indy style are specially made for The Shoe Mart, placing them among the rarest additions to this list. Featuring a Commando sole and antique edge, the Shell Cordovan Indy boots are a custom bootmaker edition loved for their instantly recognizable, unique look and long wear. These Alden Shell Cordovan boots are also ideal for inclement weather, crafted on the Trubalance last with a 360-degree storm reverse welt to tackle rain, wind or shine.

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5. Alden Men's 4465H Shell Cordovan Wing Tip Boot

With incredibly detailed stitching and a recognizable formal style, 4465H Alden Shell Cordovan Wing Tip boots are luxurious, long-wearing and perfect for when you need to look your best. Finished by Alden's master craftsman, the most admired boot and shoemakers around the world, the tanning process for Alden Shell Cordovan Wing Tip boots takes a full six months to complete and produces a leather soft and supple to the touch while retaining immense durability. The dovetailed heels and full-glove, leather-lined, flexible, pure-vegetable-tanned leather insoles assume the contour of your feet over time for a truly custom fit.

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Shell Cordovan Wing Tip Boots

Shop the Best Alden Shell Cordovan Shoes and Boots at The Shoe Mart Today

If you're interested in picking up a pair of rare Alden Shell Cordovan shoes or boots, The Shoe Mart can help. Along with all the products featured on this list, we carry an incredible selection of men's Shell Cordovan shoes and Alden boots made for comfort, style and durability. Browse the entire selection of Shell Cordovan shoes and boots today.

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