Shell cordovan leather in 1880s shoes


July 20, 2015 by Ville Raivio

Shell cordovan, the darling bud of 21st century high-end shoemaking, was a well-known piece of ass back in 1880s already. The following story was published in The Boston Globe in 1889.


What’s more, shell cordovan was not tanned for footwear use in any extent by American makers before the 1870s. The original American cordovan tannery was R.G. Salomon from New Jersey, founded in 1877. If not well-acquainted before, legions of American men were introduced to the peerless qualities of cordovan leather while serving in World War I from 1917 onwards.

Scan courtesy of “Crimson Sox”, links by “VegTan”, my thanks to both.


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