Made to Order: Allen Edmonds Brown Shell Cordovan Bayfield Boots

The design basis for this custom boot was for a rugged casual shell cordovan boot that would look and function as a real sh*t kicker. This StyleForum group MTO was based on the discontinued perforated cap toe boot Bayfield on the Allen Edmonds 511 last whose rounded toe gave the boot a casual look.

Allen Edmonds brown shell cordovan is a deep dark brown color with a very nice sheen. Think properlyelted Hershey’s chocolate. Once most of the finishing product is removed, the character of the shell cordovan really comes out. The “wetness” that comes from the leather’s natural oils makes the shoe shine with just enough brushing and buffing. The ability of shell to deal with minor scuffs is perfect for this boot as I expect it to see more than it’s fair share of bruises.

The independence line lamb skin lining provides a very soft interior for the stiff shell and adds to the warmth that shell cordovan provides. The padded independence line insole also provides additional insulation and padding that adds to the comfort of the shoe. Exactly what one needs for cold winter walks.

The split reverse welt lends a work boot feel to the design, and the double sole goes always goes hand in hand with this type of welt. The Toby mini lug sole is a full rubber sole that gives the boot the required toughness and grip needed for a winter boot.

I really like how this boot turned out and I’m looking forward to making this boot a regular part of my rotation when traveling to locations much colder than my base (southeast Asia).



Brown shell cordovan with tone on tone stitching
Independence lining and insole
Brown split reverse welt
Medium brown transparent edge dressing
Toby mini lug soles with leather midsole


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