Our shell cordovan is made from the world’s finest horse-hides tanned by Chicago’s Horween tannery.
Cordovan has a strong supple finish with a gloriously characteristic shine making for handsome shoes which stand the test of time.
Shell Cordovan is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide – the buttock. The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, steeped in vegetable liquors, shaved, and then polished – a process taking six months. Horween - a fifth generation family business, founded in 1905- continue to tan their leathers using fundamentally the same techniques used generations ago. Like Edward Green, Horween always prize quality and detail over speed and cost.
Our shoes available in cordovan include two derbies and two loafers. The Cardiff is available in burgundy and black cordovan – a classic derby brogue and perhaps the most formal of our cordovan collection. The Windermere, available in burgundy, has a storm welt and dainite sole for a more rugged look. The tasseled Greenwich loafer is available in both burgundy and black, whilst the Duke penny loafer is available in whiskey cordovan.
We've all been committed to making the best product we can, which basically means no compromises. It takes a measured stubbornness to do business that way.