Originally Posted by commodorewheeler
Are you saying that English people don't like shell or that they do like shell? Because other than the US, England seems to be produce the most shell shoes. Where I really haven't seen much shell at all is Italy, I'm guessing they really don't like it.
I can definitely understand people not enjoying making shoes out of it, though. With how rigid and thick it feels, it's gotta be a lot more difficult to work than calfskin.
yes as a generalization the English dont like shell and most of the maker i know personally hate using it to make shoes, most will make for export but but demestically most prefer calf.
not so much the thinkness which makes it hard to work with, there is not a lot of give with it i find and it does not have a memory like calf does so it does not hold it shape as well - also it is prone for splitting during making
try and get EG to make a dover in shell