from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine leather originally made of goatskin but now more frequently of split horsehide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a leather from Córdoba originally of tanned goatskin later of horsehide.
  • adj. oxblood (the color)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as cordwain. In England the name is applied to leather made from horsehide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spanish leather. See cordwain.
  • n. Leather made from horse-hide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain


Spanish cordován, from Córdova, Córdoba, Spain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Córdova or Córdoba a Spanish town. (Wiktionary)


  • Me, I'm trying to decide if I should pack the cordovan mary janes OR the black chinese style slippers, and if I can get away with leaving behind any of: hiking boots, running shoes, Tevas, climbing shoes, goth boots (which count as athletic footwear ... * g*) ...


  • I have purchased a pair of cordovan Mary Janes, a pair of stompy boots (Doc Martens got cheap: my last pair of gothing boots was bought in1993 and I noticed in Austin that they've sort of started to hurt my feet after four hours of dancing), and a pair of rock climbing approach shoes.

    i come and i cradle your face

  • Color The two colors you must have in your shoe closet are black and cordovan (the brown which is burgundy with a hint of rose).

    What the well-dressed foot is wearing

  • A blue shirt, the gold Tiffany cuff links, gray slacks, and that nice pair of cordovan Alden tassel moc loafers.

    Dead Zero

  • Hand-numbered and -crafted from Horween shell cordovan, the limited-edition 721 LTD boot from Wolverine's 1000 Mile collection offers a timeless silhouette that works with jeans or trousers. $725 at Redeem 1734 14th St. NW, 202-332-7447; visit for additional retailers.

    Trend Report Sharp-dressed man

  • Bunker had never seen their like: apples the shape of a perfect McIntosh (a variety widely planted in Maine only after a calamitous freeze killed more than a million trees in 1934) but colored a lustrous dark cordovan, purple-black with firm, cream-colored flesh.

    Beyond the McIntosh

  • Hillary amid a group of men, her jewel-toned pantsuits vivid in a sea of gray, navy and cordovan.

    Easy to Say Now - Swampland -

  • I wish they were an update but not this one on the classic cordovan Weejuns, a shoe I wore constantly from elementary school through high school, but you can't have everything.

    March 2010

  • I wore cordovan tasseled Weejuns in high school and for some reason my penny loafer of choice was a black Dexter.

    Another Loafer Roundup - A Dress A Day

  • A young black man might have to wear a button-down shirt and awkward cordovan shoes to his job at a bank, but in his hours off he could tie on a bandanna, listen to gangsta rap, and affect the style and language of the outsiders he had come to admire.


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  • "He introduced Stafford and Hardin to Brice who was a square man of medium height and with a skin tanned to the colour of cordovan leather."
    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008