I've asked Allison what this leather is and hopefully she can come back to me with more information. But she confirms its not chili grain 1038. Yeah, the cap toe is longer than expected. I hope they don't develop too many creases below the cap toe line, though I think some would be inevitable just because of where the line sits. Anyway, I've decided to keep this pair. She made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Yet again another example of fantastic customer service fro AE.