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post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
It's a much rarer material, particularly if you want high quality pieces. I've heard it does last longer, but I think that may be incidental to the fact that they require less regular care. Also, shell doesn't scratch nearly as easily as calfskin.

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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
Yes they last longer, in general. I have never seen cordovan crack or crumble, even 50 years old.

And they aren't 2-3x the cost. They are more like 1.5x

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Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Shell should last longer, as its a thicker and more durable material.

Shell cordovan doesn't scartch as easily because it is a grain-less leather.
It's not any thicker than horse or cattlehide - in fact, cattlehide can come much, much thicker.

I've seen cracked cordovan before - it happens less because the shell itself is stuffed full of waxes and oils, similar to bridle, during manufacturing...but it can crack.
They last longer than most leathers that are widely available, but for a fair comparison you'd have to look at the animal, age, tannage, thickness, currying, maintenance, etc...it's definitely not as tough as, say, camel or elephant.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged View Post
I have only one pair of shell cordovan shoes -- RL Darltons, which I believe are C&J made.

I have two problems with them. First, the color does not match perfectly between the two shoes -- one is somewhat lighter than the other.

Second, they have developed round spots all over. They look like little bubbles and they have not gone away. I don't know whether they are from rain or too much wax, but I cannot get rid of them!

However, they are very comfortable and seem to mold to the feet better than calf leather shoes. Plus they ARE durable!

Reason for them looking different is that u get max 1 pair from each butt, and no 2 butts will have perfect color match. Poss yours were cut from dif butts.
other poss is that they were cut from the same butt but the pieces are not aligned correctly. cordo has dichromatic properties = it looks diff from diff angles
bubbles i don't know.

I like what Kolecho says..

Calf shines - Cordovan glows
Saphir seems to work incredibly well used sparely.

#8s + Saphir glow like flaming blood - if u like that sort of thing
post #48 of 50
I live in South CA and wears Shell in summer. It is fine. Especially if you work in air conditioning. They also require a lot less maintenance. Just wear them, give them a quick brushing and they are glowing again. You also don't use a lot of polish for them. Just a little sapphire, lots of buffing, and you are good to go. They do mold to the feet better, over all just feels tighter. but I think that is because they are thicker and thus offers more resistance than calf. Overall shells are the lazy-mans' [which I am] shoes.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by JamesX View Post
I live in South CA and wears Shell in summer. It is fine. Especially if you work in air conditioning.

They also require a lot less maintenance. Just wear them, give them a quick brushing and they are glowing again.

You also don't use a lot of polish for them. Just a little sapphire, lots of buffing, and you are good to go.

They do mold to the feet better, over all just feels tighter. but I think that is because they are thicker and thus offers more resistance than calf.

Overall shells are the lazy-mans' [which I am] shoes.
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+1 only downside I've found is i don't think they suitable for Bals and wholecuts and other formal shoes because they crease on the vamp, and to my mind that is a casual if not rustic look. The beef rolls can be stunning tho:

post #50 of 50
I did not realize, that changes a lot. Thanks. I will go with a calf.
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