Alden Ravello Grain Shell Cordovan Leisure Handsewn Loafer
Obtaining an Alden made out of Ravello Shell Cordovan is not an easy feat. Obtaining anything in Pebble Grain Shell Cordovan from any vendor, but especially Alden is even more rare. But finding a makeup made out of Ravello Grain Shell Cordovan is essentially possible. I was extremely fortunate to stumble across these old beauties made for the European market and picked them up immediately.
This model is made on Alden’s Van Last and features Alden’s carefully executed hand stitching. This model is your standard Alden Leisure Handsewn Loafer, but is made of Ravello Grain Shell Cordovan. That is essentially a piece of Shell Cordovan tanned in the Ravello color and then stamped with a Pebble Grain stamp to create a beautiful and unique piece of leather. The shoes feature a dark edge to nicely contrast the upper and the standard leather outsole.
Pictures after the break.
What a grail! Such a great found! They look real nice and I am sure they will look even more spectular after restoration!
What would be your suggestion to polish or shine pebble shell? I have a pair of Ron Rider’s chukka in #8 pebble shell but could not get them shined to the way how smooth shell looks like… or are they just supposed to be like that?… thx.
Seeing how I only have one pair, at the moment, of Stamped (Pebble Grain in this case) Shell Cordovan, I do not have a ton of insights on it. I have personally been treating it like my normal Shell Cordovan with my care routine (Brush/Buff/Bone/Boot Cream/Paste Wax). I have my full Process for Cleaning detailed on this site.