Alden Boots Keep Shell Cordovan Alive

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Alden Shell Cordovan Loafers atop a piece of shell cordovan leather. Photo courtesy of Chris T.

The process of making genuine shell cordovan leather is rare art. Only one tannery still practices this centuries-old method of pure vegetable tannage and hand finishing in the country. Alden boots are available in this exclusive, specially-crafted leather.

It takes six full months to complete the tanning process for shell cordovan, resulting in leather that is soft and supple yet also very durable. Because of the time and cost of manufacturing this type of leather, many companies opt to use other genuine or synthetic leather types for their footwear. Alden keeps the shell cordovan industry alive by continuing to design and manufacture shoes made from the material.

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Alden Shell Cordovan Indy Boots, Photo From Chris T.

The classic patterns that are distinct in Alden boots and shoes take on a unique character when made from genuine shell cordovan leather. The company has perfected the art of crafting stylish, old school-inspired American footwear that is both comfortable and durable. Visit to find high-quality yet comfortable footwear for men.

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