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post #211 of 266
Thinkderm, whats with the sudden Vass cordovan binge? I have seen 3 pairs pop up over the last week. Were these all recent acquisitions?
post #212 of 266
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Most of the chickens I've seen have been barefoot.

Yeah, this is why their feet are bare:

http://www.exoticleather.biz/chicken_leather.htm

When we think of leather goods, chances are we don't think CHICKEN. Well, all that looks set to change. As improbable as chicken leather sounds it's as thick as emu leather and can be used to make a range of items from souvenirs to shoes.
post #213 of 266
I don't like it nor does any shoemaker I have met.
post #214 of 266
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Originally Posted by David Reeves View Post
I don't like it nor does any shoemaker I have met.

Why don't you like it? Which specific shoemakers don't like it either?
post #215 of 266
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Originally Posted by commodorewheeler View Post
Why don't you like it? Which specific shoemakers don't like it either?

it is generally an English thing, most dont like it, and hate using it!
post #216 of 266
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
it is generally an English thing, most dont like it, and hate using it!

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.
post #217 of 266
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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.

I may be wrong but I think David was talking about chicken leg leather.

I haven't seen chicken leg shoes, but I have seen ostrich leg. It's very handsome - unlike the rest of the ostrich, the pattern on the leg appears similar to 'gator. The shoes I'm thinking of were stitched-apron oxfords with book-matched ostrich-leg vamps. They were quite attractive.
post #218 of 266
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post
I may be wrong but I think David was talking about chicken leg leather. I haven't seen chicken leg shoes, but I have seen ostrich leg. It's very handsome - unlike the rest of the ostrich, the pattern on the leg appears similar to 'gator. The shoes I'm thinking of were stitched-apron oxfords with book-matched ostrich-leg vamps. They were quite attractive.
I have a pair of ostrich leg shoes that I bought about 10 years ago, they are almost exactly as you describe except that they are derbies instead of oxfords.
post #219 of 266
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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post
Vass "Burlington" in saddle shell U last.







My favourite shell and maybe the only reason I would buy any.
post #220 of 266
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Originally Posted by commodorewheeler View Post
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
post #221 of 266
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
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
I've read that EG doesn't do any hand-sewns or boots in shell, so your comment makes sense to me. However, I did see an absolutely beautiful pair of Sandringhams in dark cognac shell on the Leather Soul website.
post #222 of 266
A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice...

The Vass on the other hand.......
post #223 of 266
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Originally Posted by commodorewheeler View Post
I've read that EG doesn't do any hand-sewns or boots in shell, so your comment makes sense to me. However, I did see an absolutely beautiful pair of Sandringhams in dark cognac shell on the Leather Soul website.






yes these are nice! - shell need broging for me as it glows and does not shine

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A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice...

The Vass on the other hand.......

clunky is fine and it has its place - just imagine them with heavy cotton pants or jeans, knocks a long wing for 6 IMO
post #224 of 266
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A little chunky for me, but damn those uppers are nice... The Vass on the other hand.......
they look sleek when placed alongside the Darlton
post #225 of 266
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they look sleek when placed alongside the Darlton

+1

They look like sleeker Darltons, and I'm a Darlton fan.
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