Please don't tell me I just had a great dream, because if this happens, everybody will have to buy my waxed calf in the future (LOL day dreaming at 12:00AM), and you can all call me a monopolist asshole, in return. I had always loved vegetable tanned leather. Given the fact that chrome tanned leathers are not bad, with respective responses from venerable members like DW and patrickBOOTH, still, vegetable tanned leathers are still superior than chrome leathers in so many ways, especially when only veg tanned hides can create good reversed waxed callfskins.
On a side note, given the fact being politically independent (like Sir Franklin, whom I share the same birthday), still, I cannot stand the irrational and extremist liberal AND the goddamn communists.
If anything, though, I still want a fair competition between two leathers.
Ha, possibly. If EU implements the aging method, I believe many better grade chrome leather used in footwear will not be able to pass. Tanneries will then need to adjust tannages to comply which of course is quite a undertaking and can result in inferior hand and appearance. This year I experienced this with some tannery catering to EU market which have used the same chrome tannage for decades, if they are forced to abide to the aging method, it would be a big issue for them. The regulation seems unreasonable as studies have shown patients with dermatitis are only affected if Cr6 levels are nearly 10x the EU standard of 3mg/kg. I suppose it wouldn't be the first immoderate regulation.
I also use veg calf uppers which make a fantastic upper, IMO. Holds a great shine, the transparency and depth of leather allows a beautiful finish and ages well. Manufacturing can be tricky at first, in the end I still find it very nice to work with.