Know Your Terms: Cordovan

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.
Photo: Courtesy of Leffot

Leffot's Alden Cordovan Longwing Monk.

First exploited for use in Cordoba, Spain, during the Moorish Caliphate, cordovan is the flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump of a horse—and a name for the rich, dark burgundy color associated with that leather. Used primarily for shoes and gloves, this close-fiber material, once shorn of the hair and grain, is called “the shell” and makes for a super smooth and durable leather. As any wearer of cordovan kicks (or tamer of the wild colts whence it comes) surely knows, they are tough work to break in, but you will love them for a lifetime.

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