Agree on this, definitely looks like chromexcel. Would explain the confusion too, many people think Horween=Only cordovan.
Chromexcel is stuffed full of grease and oil. Most chromexcel shoes do not take a high shine, my Rancourt penny loafers being an exception. Reno is probably removing some of the oil from the surface, allowing them to take a shine. Probably not a good idea in the long term, as it is the stuffing that makes chromexcel such a tough leather.
Hey friends here is the skin of my next Gladietor Bespoke Bestetti. It is French calf.
At the end I told Bestetti not finish my shape because I was still undecided on the tip. I did not know if it square or round. But in the end I will make the chisel tip. And how colors instead I kept the ones I had decided.
That cognac and whiskey. I look forward to the finished shape is to try the shoe test. So I can update on the developments.
And here is the final outcome ..... now sent me these pictures and I could not hold them all for me ... I wanted to show them ... what do you think?