Cordovan is rare. If it was all that great, wouldn't it be more popular?
They tell me 1) it doesn't crease 2) scuffs buff out far more easily than with leather 3) they last forever and keep looking new blah blah.
How much of this is legend vs reality?
Cordovan is a great durable hide for shoes period. It is not better or worst than cowhide, lizard, suede, croc, alligator, ostrich or any other hide that a great shoemaker can use to make shoes/boots. It is just different and has the properties you speak of.
Has anyone seen chicken leg boots? Yes, I said chicken leg.