journal: shell cordovan

Alden Color 8 Tanker Boot Pre-Order

UPDATE: THIS PRE-ORDER IS SOLD OUT AND NOW CLOSED.

To see our full Alden pre-order policy, click HERE.

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Deer Bone Re-Stock

We’ve just restocked our increasingly popular deer bone for polishing cordovan. The oils inside this deer bone, when rubbed into shell cordovan leather, will restore uniformity to the color and smooth over scratches. It can even remove some small creases and welts. This is the secret weapon for polishing shell cordovan shoes.

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Alden x Leffot Dover, Color 8 Shell Cordovan

It’s no secret that we love shell cordovan, and since the Dover is one of our favorite shoes, we decided to combine the two to create these unlined color 8 bluchers. They’re on the comfortable flex soles, which give them the added versatility of being slightly dressier than shoes with rubber soles. If you’re a fan of Alden’s classic PT blucher, these Dovers are the logical next step.

Barrie Last, Unlined Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Flex Soles

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Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoes

Today we received two pairs of saddle shoes from Alden. The first is a new makeup for us in Loden and Brown Alpine Grain Calfskins, and the second is a restock of the popular Color 8 Shell Cordovan and Brown Alpine Grain shoe. These preppy pairs are made for us on the Barrie last with oil-soaked flex soles. They’re light as a feather and look great with jeans and khakis, as well as gray or navy slacks.

At the height of their popularity during the fifties and sixties Saddle Shoes were a staple of preppy Ivy Leaguers’. The preppy doctrine Take Ivy includes an Ivy Wardrobe Directory, which lists the following shoes.

Barrie Last, Loden Calfskin/Brown Alpine Grain Calfskin, Flex Welt Soles
Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan/Brown Alpine Grain, Flex Welt Soles

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Alden Pre-orders

We are currently accepting pre-orders for the next delivery of the Alden x Leffot Longwing in Color 8 Shell Cordovan with an antique edge and the Alden x Leffot Tanker Boots in Color 8 Shell Cordovan. Arrival is “anticipated” in the first half of 2014, however it may be longer.

Pre-orders will be done in two stages. Stock D and E widths can be ordered with a non-refundable, non-transferable 20% deposit through our online shop. You will be contacted once the shoes arrive for final payment.

Sizes that are not available on our pre-order page can be requested by contacting us via email at info@leffot.com by Monday, August 19th. We will advise you if Alden can make a pair in your requested size.

To see our full Alden pre-order policy, click HERE.

Alden of New England has perfected the use of shell cordovan in making the LWB. One of the ways they do that is by using cordovan tanned only by Horween Leather Company in Chicago, Illinois. It is with this cordovan that we designed our Color 8 Longwing Blucher made expressly for Leffot.

The Alden Tanker aka NST boot in Horween Color 8 shell cordovan is an incredibly beautiful, versatile, and durable shoe. With commando soles and handsewn split toe, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and highly practical. Wear these with anything from jeans to a sport coat, and you’ll look sharp and comfortable year round.

Alden x Leffot Tanker Boot, Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Commando Soles

Alden x Leffot Longwing, Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Antique Edge, Double Waterlock Soles

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Alden x Leffot Black Naval Boot, Re-stock

We have some good news for those of you who missed out on our earlier supply of the Alden x Leffot Black Naval Boot: a full run is now back in stock.

Black shell cordovan really doesn’t get the love it deserves. It has a lacquered glow that you can only truly appreciate in person, and yet it maintains its shine with little care or maintenance.

These Horween Shell Cordovan boots are a versatile addition to your wardrobe that spans from jeans to a navy or grey suit. Their classic, simple design, reminiscent of vintage US Naval boots, makes them a three-season workhorse, made expressly for Leffot.

The double leather black bottom soles, with a 360-degree flat welt, enhance the boot’s simplicity while adding durability and comfort. Designed with nine black agatine eyelets and black waxed laces these boots are spit-shined and ready to serve.

Barrie Last, Black Shell Cordovan, Double Leather Soles

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Ivy Loafer Restock

The loafer is the best style of shoe for summer, hands down. They are easy to put on when you just want to take a stroll outside, they can be worn easily without socks, and they expose your ankle to the breeze to keep your feet cool. If you’re looking to add a lightweight flexible loafer to your wardrobe this season, you owe it to yourself to consider the Leffot Ivy.

Moccasin constructed from unlined shell cordovan, they cradle your foot while being light, flexible, and comfortable. With a little aging, this unlined shoe will mold to your feet, developing an individual character of its own. The simple design allows the deep shine of the leather to resonate in the subtle folds of the toe and wide expanse of the shoe’s unadorned vamp.

Our Ivy Loafers are made exclusively for Leffot by the good folks at Rancourt & Co. Lewiston, Maine. The Genuine Horween shell cordovan is meticulously sewn by hand. They’re back in stock in Espresso, and we’ve added two new colors, Red and Whiskey. They’re also available in Black, Navy, Natural, Color 8, and Green.

Unlined shell cordovan loafers are not easily found. We think you’ll agree these may well be the perfect shoes for spring and summer wear.

Red, Whiskey, Espresso, Black, Navy, Natural, Color 8, or Green Shell Cordovan, Moccasin Construction, Single Leather Soles

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The Fold

These svelte sheaths are about as low tech as you can get, just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, three folds, and voila — your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Small – 2.5″ x 2.75″ folded, fits U.S. Dollars and no credit cards

Large – 2.5″ x 3.5″ folded, fits all international currencies plus a credit card or two

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