Hanover LB Sheppard Shell Cordovan

Hanover Shell Cordovan Models

Hanover Shoe Company was founded in Hanover Pennsylvania in 1899 and produced quality, goodyear welted shoes from its factories until 1996. Twenty years after Hanover ended the production of shoes in the USA, Hanover shoes are still sought after by men’s shoe enthusiasts.

Hanover was one of the top shoe manufacturers in the USA and produced a wide range of men’s boots and shoes. Like many USA shoe manufacturers, Hanover produced a limited number of premium models using Horween Shell Cordovan leather.

Below I have started a list of these Shell Cordovan models to help with identification of them. The list is not complete but it does contain the most common Shell Cordovan model that you’ll find on eBay. After Florsheim, Hanover is the most common vintage Shell Cordovan brand.

The model identifier for Hanover shoes is a four-digit number. In the image below, 2168 is the model number. Early Shell Cordovan models were labelled “Imperial”. In the late 1960s(?), the “LB Sheppard Signatures” label was introduced as Hanover’s premium line of shoes. The LB Sheppard line appears to have ended in the 1980s and “Masterflex” or “Masterflex Signature” was used instead.

Hanover Shoe Model Number

I have seen both rubber and leather heels on the same model. Some Hanover outsoles are labelled with “Shell Cordovan” while other soles are not. A few of the brown models below came in Ravello Shell Cordovan.


Hanover LB Sheppard 2100 – Saddle – Brown

Hanover LB Sheppard 2106 – Saddle – Brown/Black

Hanover Imperial 2150 – PTB – Brown

Notes: 1960s model

Hanover LB Sheppard 2168 – PTB – Brown

Notes: Appears to have replaced the 2150. The stitching is different than the 2150

Hanover Imperial 2350 – WTB- Brown

Notes: This model number was also used on a non-Shell long wing model

Hanover LB Sheppard 2351 – LWB – Brown

Hanover 2500 – Full Strap Loafer – Brown

Hanover 2505 – Tassel Loafer – Brown

Hanover 2522 – Handsewn Moccasin – Brown

Hanover Imperial 3150 – PTB – Black

Notes: Black version of the 2150. The stitching is different than the 3168

Hanover LB Sheppard 3168 – PTB – Black

Notes: Black version of the 2168 The stitching is different than the 3150. See more details on this model.

Hanover LB Sheppard 3351 – LWB – Black

Notes: Black version of the 2351

Hanover 3505 – Tassel Loafer – Black


3 thoughts on “Hanover Shell Cordovan Models”

  1. Thanks, some of those created additional style numbers to the Horween shell list of shoes found on the internet. Now, If I can just find some for me!

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