Originally Posted by llltronlll
Went to Horweens site, dont see any suggestion for what type of conditioner to use on the Essex leather on my Krause's. It seems to be a Shell Cordovan minus the shell, and side leather instead.... but I dont see anything recommending a conditioner for Shell Cordovan either.
Any suggestions? Note: I am not going to Obenauf or Sno Seal these. I dont want to change the color, and they wont see very much inclement weather.
This is what Alden recommends: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/care_of_shell_cordovan.htm
Horween is an Alden supplier... but I figured Id ask for opinions here first.
Krause is made from Dublin leather (which is similar to Essex, just waxier) and is indeed using the same tanning process as shell, except on non shell-hide (it can either be cow or horse, I believe). However, I wouldn't confuse it for being similar to shell. The real difference with shell vs all other leathers is the direction of the grain, so the really desirable aspects of shell won't be obtainable with Dublin, like the waves instead of creases. That said, MarioImpeba's advice of lexol coditioner is solid, as well as venetian shoe cream (which will bring out a bit more of a shine). Don't over think it.
It's worth pointing out, btw, that the Krause boot is actually, like the 744LTD and 721LTD made by Allen Edmonds. Hence the 360 welt, instead of 180.
As for the cordovan vs. shell cordovan, well everyone is correct on this. Lots of people think the "cordovan" is shell cordovan and its not, its a poorly named CXL color (it's actually called #8, rather than cordovan, by some places to avoid the confusion). That said, of course, there were a couple of *actual* shell cordovan models as a limited edition, but most people have no idea that those were out there. W1K really should rename their cordovan model to "burgundy" to avoid tho confusion.