Details about 452
At first sight, our No. 452 is a classic full-brogue Derby in black. On closer inspection though, the feel of the vamp reveals all. The extraordinary character of these men’s shoes comes from the upper, which is crafted from shell cordovan leather by the famous tannery Horween. Furthermore our full-brogue cordovan shoes boast an outsole from the historic Rendenbach factory.
Equipped with a traditional five-hole lacing our No. 452 guarantees an easy entry into the shoe, while its tastefully patterned vamp is a real eye-catcher. The punched leather upper reduces the formality of this full-brogue cordovan shoe for a more sportive elegance.
Full-brogue Shell Cordovan Shoes in black
Cordovan shoes are made from horsehide. Often called shell cordovan, this leather is crafted from the “shell” – a special membrane on the part of the horse that goes over the fence last and is the most nonporous leather in the world. Each horse provides two shells, enough to produce only one pair of shoes. Besides that, the vamp, insole, inner linings and heel are all made of high-quality cordovan leather as well.
Genuine shell cordovan shoes offer an astonishing shine, ﬂexibility and durability. The word „cordovan“ goes back to Córdoba, a city in Spain, where the natural vegetable tanning of these hides originated. The remaining American factory producing shell cordovan is Horween. Experienced craftsman produced the special leather in a traditional and painstaking manner, hence why cordovan shoes remain expensive.
Our full-brogue cordovan shoes are the ideal choice for casual wear, but they also look great with a black suit. Thanks to their open lacing, our No. 452 is more comfortable for men with a higher instep.
This special shoe style is characterised by multiple pieces of punched leather, serrated along the seams, combined with a pointed counter and wing cap, hence the name “wing tip”. Sportive chic and understated elegance define the versatile character of a full-brogue men’s shoe.
The standard British last form. Subtly and elegantly narrows at the front of the shoe, without sharply rising from the ground. The average width at the ball of the foot provides a great fit for average feet.
The demand for this premium equine leather is much higher than the available supply. Fully-dyed and smooth as glass, shell cordovan becomes even more supple with age. It is virtually scuffproof and highly water-repellent. It can take up to six months to produce.
For the past 140 years, the traditional Rendenbach tannery has used oak bark tanning to produce leather soles—the process can take up to nine months. The resulting soles are prized worldwide for their durability and water repellency.