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New & lingwood russia calf shoes

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Greetings all: has anyone seen the shoes at the following link in person? http://www.newandlingwood.com/iashop.....gory=13 What's the quality comparable to in terms of more well known labels (Church's, Lobb, etc.), or are they expensive ($1300US) only because of the rare leather?
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It's the scarcity of the leather that demands the high price. But then, it can't be all that rare, as item in "Russia calf" (also called reindeer leather) have been on offer for at least ten years and the supply hasn't dried up yet. I suppose by deliberately pricing it high, you can make a limited stock last longer. (For those who don't know, the leather is the cargo of a sunken ship and had been submerged under water for some 200 years.) A number of bespoke shoemakers like Cleverley and Jason Amesbury offer shoes in Russia calf. Other leather items, briefcases, wallets, belts, are also available in this leather. New & Lingwood does not manufacture the shoes themselves which are sold under their label. The Poulsen & Skone range is made by Edward Green, others are made by Crockett & Jones and. I believe, by Alfred Sargent. I don't know who produces the Russia calf models, but it's not Edward Green. They are well made shoes, but, in my opinion, are not in the absolute super league of English shoes, as far as refinement is concerned (definitely far superior to Church's). If you are in interested in Russia calf, but a pair of shoes is too much, try this link for leather goods: http://www.greatenglish.co.uk/hides.html
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