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I like Venetian because it gives the right amount of shine for me. I use Renovateur with success as well. The fact that Zoe's is domestic (and in Chicago) is important to me.
Quote: Originally Posted by Galix Hey guys! Nice post. I have a question about cordovan. Next winter I'll be moving to a place where it literally rains on average 235 days a year, plus occasional snow. Is it cordovan a better option than calf for that insane amount of water? And what about soles: dainite or commando? And if someone is wondering which city I'm talking about, it's Bergen, in the western coast of Norway. Shell "rolls" more...
@Fishball - We grade the shells based on cuttable area. If the imperfection is a slit only then we may have left it in place depending on where it was located. You can always exchange/return uncut leather, though this doesn't sound too problematic to me. @cimabue - thanks! @bengal-stripe - Mr. Gaziano makes beautiful shoes, no question about that. But, I will say that I'm confused by most points from that quote. Our shell cordovan tops out at about 2.4mm, and does...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII Thank you! If I might...is Horween offering a retanned horsefront suitable for dress shoes? I, for one, would be interested.... It might depend on the definition of dress, but we have a handful of nice options.
One of the major limitations in using horsehide for shoe uppers is weight. Horse fronts (FQHH) are naturally around 2 - 3.5 oz (0.8 - 1.4mm), with the heavier end being less common. That said, there are a handful of companies using horse front for footwear, and Thorogood makes a boot using "strips," which is the are between the front and the shell. Fratelli Rosetti made some horsefront shoes some time back - they were quite dressy. Softness/stretchiness of most areas...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII Well, I'll be! That is indeed a respectable shine. The swatches you fellers have sent me over the years were all oil stuffed and did not have that hard a finish on the grainside. It takes a little bit of coaxing, but that's part of the fun, right? The color 8 chukka is shell and the brown whole cut is Chromexcel - I failed to mention!
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII The thing is...and make no mistake I think it is a fine leather...is that chromexel is an "oil stuffed" leather. What does that mean? Abandon all hope of a high shine...or even more than a gleam. Chromexcel won't take a shine like shell, but it shines up pretty well.
Quote: Originally Posted by Biggie_Robs I wear my Indies in the rain with no worries. They're more waterproof than my desert boots, which will leak in a rainstorm. I hate wet socks. The leather used in the original Indy (405) is actually considered waterproof. The other two versions are quite oily and waxy, which make them very water resistant. I wear mine in the rain all the time. While the leathers are water resistant/proof, the actual...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII I thought that was probably Horween leather...what was it? Latigo? Chrome excel? Chromexcel, though it's impossible to tell from the video.
The best part of the video was the American Pull-Up Leather...
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