On a sunny fall morning, I went to Brick and Mortar in downtown Seattle which specializes in Alden shoes. In fact, that’s all the store sells. All Alden shoes, all the time. Or at least during business hours. I was helped by the owner/manager Yenni Song. She was extremely nice and helped me try on a number of … Continue reading Brick and Mortar Shoes Seattle
I debate picking a winner in highest priced shoe. I generally go with the top auction price but there are “Best Offer Accepted” sales with higher prices but you can’t find out the offer price. The top auction was a pair of Cigar Alden PTBs that went for $1626. But the buyer must have sobered up … Continue reading September eBay Dress Shoe Sales
I bought an used pair of Allen Edmonds MacNeil shoes the other week. The pictures and description were terrible but I could tell the shoes were Shell Cordovan. This was the first photo from the listing: The shoes looked dirty but I couldn’t find any cracking in the leather. Cracks are unrepairable. Live with cracks or get … Continue reading Restoring Allen Edmonds MacNeil Black Shell Cordovan 9177
The first thing that jumps out about this listing is, “Wow”, those are good looking shoes. A close second is, “Wow”, that’s a lot of money. $1300 is a lot of money even for a pair of Alden shoes. For that price, I could get a pair of Shell Cordovan 975 Long Wings AND a … Continue reading Too nice to wear?
Sales stats for the top 10 brands in August While not technically a dress shoe, these Alden Ravello Whiskey Shell boots were the highest priced completed auction at $815.00. Brand Sales Items Sold Total Bids Total Hits Allen Edmonds $336,304.08 3,796 6,329 787,603 Salvatore Ferragamo $164,481.15 1,067 4,080 247,036 Gucci $101,208.86 591 2,005 136,333 Cole … Continue reading August eBay Dress Shoe SALES
These Florsheim’s are priced to sell. Visit the eBay listing From the photos the Shell Cordovan looks to be free from cracking and has minimal scuffs and scrapes. Apply some sole & heel edge and these should look like new. Well, almost new. What’s cool about these shoes is the name of the original owner … Continue reading Florsheim Imperial PTB Shell Cordovan 9D
Lots of guys love Shell Cordovan shoes. The forums on askandyaboutclothes.com are filled with posts from guys photographing their argyle sheathed feet in Shell models from Alden, Allen Edmonds and Florsheim. This happens weekly (daily?). Clearly there is some obsession about Shell. What do people like about Shell? The horse leather doesn’t crease in like calf leather, it … Continue reading Sorry … Those aren’t Shell