Posts tagged Shell Cordovan

Another day, another watchband made out of an animal hide. This time from FormFunctionForm. A very blog-friendly brand, FFF offers handmade wares of (to my knowledge) unique design.

This is the shell cordovan button stud watch band. The devilishly simple band is made of a strip of Horween shell cordovan and a stainless steel stud affixed via Chicago screw. Shawn of FFF told me that it would fit snug at first but relax with wear to a better fit. He wasn’t lying. I could barely put it on at first but after a few weeks of wear, it’s stretched to fit my wrist nicely.

Bands are made in the USA and customizable in terms of color, width, and length (I got mine in color #8). Get em while they’re still available. They’re $105 which, to my knowledge, is the least expensive shell watchband you can procure.

*Edit* Also, because I get this question so much, I’ll answer it right here. The actual watch is a modified Seiko automatic (with sapphire lens). It was done by Harold Ng of yobokies. Harold doesn’t have a real online store so you have to e-mail him and tell him what you want. He may not have the parts you want in stock so you have to ask him what’s available and he’ll tell you how much everything costs.

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Sweet find, dude. I’d be careful letting your shoe repair guy go nuts on these though. Make sure he knows that it’s shell. I would pray that he knows the differences between caring for calf vs. shell.

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Thrifting 302: Vintage Goods and the Limited Value of Labels

So the other day I was in a thrift store scanning the shoe rack.  When I saw these.

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Alright, I won’t really turn down a pair of shortwings.  I could use a pair of Oxford Wingtips.  They look a little banged up, but nothing a little polish can’t fix.  But what are we really talking about?  I mean, are these shoes really worth it?

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Huh… Bostonian?  Wait, that Bostonian.  You might, at this point move on.  Except for one thing.  It’s not that Bostonian.  That’s the modern one.  The one that has been gutted and lowest common denominatored.  

These shoes, these beautiful vintage numbers are from this Bostonian.

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The Bostonian that was a serious cobbling outfit.  One that used Shell Cordovan. One that has a proper stacked heel and goodyear welt.  One that bears no resemblance to the Bostonian of today.

This is one of the most important elements of thrift shopping.  Going outside your preconceived #menswear comfort zone. If you have it in your mind you need Alden’s, or Allen Edmonds or whatever other shortwings you’ve had your eye on, you’re going to be spending $500 or $600 and getting… well, essentially the same shoe.  Maybe more of the moment, certainly newer.  But if you’re truly concerned with “classic” and “buy less, buy better” what’s the preferable option?  $600 for a new pair?  Or $8 to get a used pair that will last nearly as long, plus give you that “authenticity” that’s all the rage these days.

Thrifting takes time, but with a broad net, persistence and willingness to go outside the “box” you’ll get results that’ll blow your mind.

Addendum: Taking these to the shoe repair guy tomorrow to get em nice and shined up.  So I’ll be spending under $50 for a like new pair of shell cordovan shoes.  Not bad.

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Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot Color 8 with Light Sole

Not as crazy as the Ravello version but still great-looking.

epauletshop:

Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot Color 8 with Light Sole

Not as crazy as the Ravello version but still great-looking.