What is Cordovan?

In the leathers to make quality shoes, we mainly have veal leather, smooth, grained or velvet, exotic leathers and then we have the Cordovan.

This leather is quite unique, by its durability on the one hand and by its natural radiance on the other hand, you will have a shine of the leather that you will not find elsewhere and I do not tell you about the patina that time gives it, gorgeous.

At the house of Upper Shoes, we offer it in brands Alden, Cordovan is really part of their DNA, and Crockett & Jones Who works this leather on several emblematic models of the brand.
Traditionally tinted in a burgundy color, you can also find it in black, navy and much more rarely in Cigar (brown) and whiskey colors (Gold). Horween tanneries are the reference for the origin of this leather.
If you find your happiness on a Cordovan model, do not wait too long, these pairs are quite difficult to obtain, the productions are very long and the amateurs numerous.
For the record, the last time we had a production in Cigar Cordovan from Alden (impossible to obtain it at home for several years now) everything has disappeared in two hours and mainly in Japan, they are big fans.

On the maintenance side, we invite you to use only specific products For Cordovan leather, you will find what is needed at Saphir in our section Interview.

If you haven't tried Cordovan yet you have to get started, the greatest risk: become addicted!