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Leffot Pre-owned: A Cut of Cordovan

A selection of rare shell cordovan colors are now available as part of our Pre-owned program, in limited sizes.

Shell cordovan is ideal for making beautiful, enduring footwear, and our friends at Alden of New England have perfected its use. One of the ways they’ve done this is by using shells tanned only by Horween Leather Company in Chicago, Illinois. Add to that a group of rare colors and you have a very special combination.

Alden x Leffot JC Indy – US 9D (Cigar)

Alden x Leffot JC Indy – US 9D.

Alden Penny Loafer – US 9D (Whiskey)

Alden Penny Loafer – US 9D.

Alden V-Tip – US 7D (Color 8)

Alden V-Tip – US 7D.

Alden Longwing – US 8.5D (Cigar)

Alden Longwing – US 8.5D.

Alden Tassel Loafer – US 7.5D (Ravello)

Alden Tassel Loafer – US 7.5D.

Alden Chukka Boot – US 8.5D (Ravello)

Alden Chukka Boot – US 8.5D.

Properly box your shoes

We originally posted this back in 2011 and thought you might find it helpful.

Keeping your shoes stored properly not only saves space but also ensures your shoes will stay looking their best. There’s a very simple technique to keeping your shoes boxed properly, which we’ll demonstrate here. It might sound ridiculous but people get this wrong all the time.

For this demonstration we chose a pair of Edward Green Claverton’s in Dark Oak. Not all manufacturers use the same materials inside the box but the same steps apply for any pair. Edward Green happens to package their shoes very nicely. They use excellent packing materials and make a very good solid box.

The key is to lay the shoes in opposite directions, the first shoe with the arch facing down and the second facing up; that’s the way the boxes are designed to fit the shoes.

Lay open the covering.

Left shoe with arch facing down.

Cover the shoe.

Add protective padding if applicable.

Lay right shoe in the opposite direction with arch up

Cover again.

Lay Dust Bags on top.

Edward Green care guide on top of that.

And close the lid.

Of course not all shoes have cloth coverings and padding but almost all shoes have paper to layer between the shoes. Shoe trees can be kept in the shoes as well and if you don’t have cloth or paper to lay between the shoes keep them in the dust bags but lay them in the box the same way. It’s that simple.

Edward Green Cardiff, Mahogany Country Calf

Edward Green Cardiff
Edward Green Cardiff
Edward Green Cardiff
Edward Green Cardiff

Winter brings the nastiest weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your footwear. These Cardiffs are ideal for wearing with a suit when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Made in mahogany country calf on rugged Ridgeway soles, they’ll get you through snow and rain with ease. The best part? You won’t have to change shoes when you get to the office.

Features: 202 Last, Mahogany Country Calf, Ridgeway Soles

Wolverine x Leffot Natural CXL Re-stock

Wolverine x Leffot 1000 Mile Boot

Now back in stock, our collaboration with Wolverine on their classic 1000 Mile Boot. The Wolverine 1000 Mile shoe was created in a time when men were looking for authentic craftsmanship and footwear that would last. Advertised as comfortable enough to “give you 1,000 miles of wear,” the shoe became a wardrobe staple for men of the 20th century.

Based on Wolverine’s archival pattern, the 1000 Mile Boot is designed to meticulously replicate the original. Made in Horween’s natural Chromexcel with single leather soles, they’re Goodyear Welted to last years. Best of all, they’re made in America, just like the original.

Our pair is made in natural chromexcel by another one of America’s greats, Horween. Available only at Leffot.

Features: Natural Chromexcel, Single Leather Soles


Kreis Bleecker Belt

We’ve just added a new color of our shell cordovan Bleecker Belt made by Kreis. This time around we’ve made it in bourbon, which is an excellent match to our Edward Green Dukes in whiskey shell. As always, this is genuine Horween shell cordovan.

We’ve also restocked all sizes in our other colors: black, color 8, and mocca. Kreis has been crafting leather goods in Germany since 1963. There aren’t many shell belts around these days, and Kreis makes them as good as they get.

Features: Color 8 Shell Cordovan, 35mm Wide, Brushed Nickel Buckle


Hiro Yanagimachi Trunk Show, May 13 and 14

You are cordially invited to join us on May 13 and 14 for Hiro Yanagimachi’s first North American trunk show. He will be taking orders for made-to-order and made-to-measure. A variety of samples will be on hand, as well as fitting shoes so you can determine your size.

Hiro offers a line with machine-stitched soles, as well as a fully handmade line. You’ll be able to create a shoe from over 45 models and 50 leathers. Fit and pattern modifications are also available. For more information about his offerings, as well as pricing, see this post on his website.

Since 1999, Hiro has been making hand-welted bespoke shoes in the English tradition. Trained at the London Cordwainers College, he learned the techniques and culture of bespoke shoemaking at places such as John Lobb.

In 2012 he began offering a made-to-order line, and until recently has focused on making shoes for local customers in Japan. This trunk show will be the first time he’s offered his MTO and MTM program to the North American market.

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