Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported leathers

Strand Shell Cordovan Cap-toe Oxford



Item# SF1645


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  • Lace-up oxford dress shoe
  • Cap-toe balmoral with perforated brogue styling
  • Pairs with both formal and casual wear
  • Classic Fit, fits true to size


  • 360º Bench Welt construction for durability and stability
  • CustomCork™ insole naturally molds for a custom fit
  • Single Rendenbach leather sole and combination heel
  • Craft

  • Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported leathers
  • Built on the welted 65 Last
  • Genuine Horween® Shell Cordovan
  • Recraftable
  • Care

    Care Instructions

    Cordovan leather requires different care than calfskin due to its unique properties. Brush and wipe regularly and apply cream occasionally to protect the leather and maintain its rich color.

    Regular Maintenance:

    Regularly, brush the leather with our Horsehair Shine Brush or wipe with our Cotton Flannel Polishing Cloth.

    To Protect and Restore Color, Follow These Steps:

    STEP 1: Wipe your shoe down with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

    STEP 2: Using your Horsehair Dauber, apply a small amount of our Cordovan Care Cream in a circular motion.

    STEP 3: While the cream is still slightly wet, take our Horsehair Shine Brush and brush back and forth, heating the cream and leather. This allows the natural oils to move to the surface to bring out the leather's natural shine.

    STEP 4: Next, use the soft side of our Cotton Flannel Polishing Cloth to buff the shoe until the surface is no longer tacky. Often, some excess cream will transfer onto the cloth, which is normal.

    STEP 5: Take our Heel Dressing applicator and press against the edge of the heel and sole.

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    Classic Fit

    Most people consider a “classic” fit to be a “standard” fit. This fit more closely aligns with the natural shape of your feet.

    U.S. E.U. U.K.
    6 39 5.5
    6.5 39.5 6
    7 40 6.5
    7.5 41 7
    8 41.5 7.5
    8.5 42 8
    9 43 8.5
    9.5 43.5 9
    10 44 9.5
    10.5 44.5 10
    11 45 10.5
    11.5 45.5 11
    12 46 11.5
    12.5 47 12
    13 48 12.5
    14 49 13
    15 50 14

    For help getting the perfect fit, we recommend you visit a retail store to get your feet fitted. If you do not have the option to visit one of our stores, you may contact customer service to help you choose the right size.

    Width Available Sizes
    AAA 10-12, 13, 14 Narrow
    AA 10-12, 13, 14
    A 9-12, 13, 14
    B 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    C 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    D 6-13, 14, 15, 16 Medium
    E 6-12, 13, 14
    EE 6-12, 13
    EEE 7-12, 13, 14 Wide

    *Measurements are in inches

    Ask & Answer
    Strand Shell Cordovan Cap-toe Oxford is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 899.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great business and casual shoe This is my second pair of EA shoes I bought. Like the Fifth Avenue I bought them in NY, but these in Walnut. As the Fifth Avenues, they are perfect to wear, look stunning and are extremely comfortable. I most of the time wear them with blue Jeans and they are my go to shoes when I am not 100% sure if I should go formal or casual.
    Date published: 2012-10-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Getting cheap with extras For the price of these it’s a shame to no longer include shoe socks. What does that cost? Another 50 cents? I treat myself to AEs for the entire experience. Socks included. Had these been on sale or among lower price styles, I’d understand. But not at the $400 price point. FYI. I requested help previously on this and was rejected. So sadly you get this review.
    Date published: 2019-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Brogues, Needs Break-In, Runs Narrow I purchased (in store) the AE Strands in Walnut 6 months ago and have worn them during 50 or so 11 hour work days by now - so I’m ready to review! Out of the box: A beautiful, beautiful shoe. The color is lovely! It’s even throughout the shoe without splotchy marble imperfections and it’s true to online photos. The lighter color showcases the broguing and stiching, which are even and very well done. In fact, I hunted for imperfections diligently while I examined these pre-purchase in the store and found none. On the foot: The 65 last that these are crafted upon creates a narrow shoe in my case. I usually wear a 10M, but ended up in a 9.5EEE in these brogues in order to wear them and feel my toes contemporaneously. I will say they are not comfortable out of the box. They are still, the soles are hard and they needed about 20 all-day wears before they broke in enough to be comfortable. Now, after about 50 wears, they are comfortable, but my multiple Johnston and Murphy’s are more comfortable right out of the box than these Strands are now. The difference is that AE’s shoes are lighter, more durable, recraftable and will last a lot longer. Quality & Price: I snagged thes on sale for about $295 and I feel pretty good about them at that price. The quality is obvious and makes them stand out from the Cole Haans and the like. I think they are worth the roughly $150 more than the average $150 dress shoe - but not much more than that. I wouldn’t pay $400 for these - but I’m happily sold at $295! Customer Service: Just top notch! The store clerks were fantastic. They know all there is to know about the AE shoes, lasts, sizing, etc. and the buying experience was great.
    Date published: 2019-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST SHOE TO GRACE MY FOOT These are my first pair of AE, two weeks later I bought more and about to get my third pair
    Date published: 2019-02-24
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    How do you make cigar?

    It looks like it has a coffee base but then is burnished with black to make it darker, especially at the toe and heel. Is that right or is it an entirely new color?
    Asked by: helter-skelter

    What color polish is recommended for Carbon, gray, black, neutral? Didn't see any Carbon products.

    Asked by: TH-Brk
    Carbon is a dark gray color, so we recommend Gray Speed Polish. Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-03-15

    What color belt goes best with Carbon, black, lighter gray, something else?

    Asked by: TH-Brk
    Thank you for reaching out to us. While we do not currently carry a Carbon belt, we are expanding our products offered in this color. We would recommend a coordinating belt such as the Hand Stitch Belt. If you have any further questions, please let us know.
    Answered by: Customer Service
    Date published: 2019-03-11

    Can these be ordered with the Othello rubber sole? Thanks

    Asked by: Aaron
    At this time, the Othello rubber sole is not an custom sole option. We apologize for the disappointment. Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions.
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-02-20

    Do they fit normal to size?

    Asked by: Ray
    All Allen Edmonds shoes are designed based on the Brannock Device's sizing standards and therefore are true to those standards. Lasts are comparable in length from the heel to the ball of the foot. We believe the right fit is vitally important. If you are a first-time Allen Edmonds customer, we recommend a professional fitting by an Allen Edmonds associate at your nearest retail location or an authorized Allen Edmonds dealer. Find a store near you: https://www.allenedmonds.com/stores
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2019-02-19

    What color is the new carbon Strand closest to? On the web it sometimes looks closer to a charcoal grey, at others to a very dark brown.

    Asked by: Instapres2012
    Thank you for you inquiry! The Carbon color is a dark smokey gray. If you have any further questions, you can contact us at 1-877-817-7615.
    Answered by: Customer Service
    Date published: 2019-02-11

    What is flyform insole

    You have a video describing the bechwelt breakdown and then it shows a flyform insole what is the flyform insole is this a insert insole or is it considered a cushioned footbed thank you
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The FlyForm insole is a molded full length insole that provides enhanced support, stability, and shock absorption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQa_havudAM Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2018-11-08

    What belt with pattern has the same color walnut?

    Asked by: Pmonte
    We suggest pairing this style with the Manistee or the Wide Basic dress belt in Walnut. With that said, any of our Walnut belts will coordinate nicely with the Walnut styles. Feel free to contact us again if you have additional questions!
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2018-10-21

    Can you tell us a bit more about coffee, please?

    Is it replacing burnished brown? Or is it more similar to chili or bourbon? In other words, how dark is it, and does it have any hues in a color other than brown, such as red (like chili), green (like bourbon), or orange (like walnut)? It is, as ever, somewhat hard to tell from the online photos against the white background.
    Asked by: srlclark
    HI, I just got a pair of the coffee, and its brown like coffee. I'm seriously considering exchanging mine for chili... .
    Answered by: mleal2005
    Date published: 2018-09-24

    Can you wear oxblood strands with jeans?

    Can you wear jeans with oxblood strands?
    Asked by: Eric
    Yes, you can wear jeans with Oxblood Strands. However, this is a matter of preference as well as fashion rules. The Oxblood will work best with dark denim, or even black jeans. Never baggy because although jeans are a casual look, the idea is to look as dress casual as possible, and the Strand IS, after all, an Oxford, which tends toward being more dressed a look. Keep the length to either fitted or a slight roll to accommodate the shoe. Never too long or with dragging or shredded cuffs.
    Answered by: Mark G
    Date published: 2018-10-08
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