Can anyone explain the differences between CXL and Cordovan? I'm now thinking about getting these and I'm not sure what is the better option, CXL or Cordovan. Which is more durable and will last longer? I'd either do brown CXL or Espresso Cordovan. Also, what are the positives and negatives of getting them lined v. unlined?
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One thing to note, if you have not already, is that the pricing feature on the MTO page does not seem to be updating as you build the shoe. Noticed this myself when playing around with it the other day. The reason this is notable here is that the espresso cordovan version of this shoe will likely be twice the cost of the CXL version.
Rancourt gives a description of the different leathers on their site under the leather 101 section.