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A fest question , if I wear a UK 11 on the Loake Capital should I go for UK 11 or 11,5 one Carmina Forest last?

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I am curious to know why some of you (@Whatchman) just buy shell?.  It seems you have a recent gorgeus collection.

 

I buy shell because I like it. I have a few pairs of calfskin, suede, and CXL shoes, and like them, but I find shell much more interesting. I appreciate its durability, natural shine, and rarity. To each his own, I suppose.

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Ok, I thought you just owned shell shoes, sorry.  Like and have shell too but prefer calf leather. 

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Ok, I thought you just owned shell shoes, sorry.  Like and have shell too but prefer calf leather. 


I am the strange and eccentric chap that wears shell cordovan only.

 

There have been a few over the years who have taken me to task over my affinity and I'm cool with that.

 

Collecting shoes and boots in shell cordovan is essentially my only hobby outside of work.

 

Some blokes hunt and fish, others enjoy cars etc.  I enjoy those things as well.  But, this is my favorite.

 

I almost bought a pair of EG's recently in calfskin.  But then I came to my senses.  

 

Thanks.

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Everyone's got their own thang, and crup is Joel's.

 

Personally, I can't really relate. I looooove me some shell (and I have a few pairs, 8 with 2 more on the way), but I can't imagine restricting myself to only one texture and so few colors. I mean, there are so many amazing leathers in endless colors and patinas, from crust to museum calf to aniline pull-up to regina, country, scotch, highland, pin, willow grains, to exotics like kudu and stingray, not to mention suedes and nubucks. I have 3 pairs of shoes in color 8 shell (not to mention another in plum museum calf) and I feel like there's some real redundancy there. Can't imagine having 10 pairs in the same color, whether it's burgundy, black, whiskey, even ravello.

 

But that's just me!!!


Edited by peppercorn78 - 5/18/16 at 3:35pm
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Ah shit haha. I got the wrong size, so I guess return shipping/exchanging for correct size will be inconvenient to say the least. Thank you for your experience - mine have also taken a while.
Mine just arrived, so two weeks on the dot. Also, thanks for the sizing advice, these just arrived and they fit great!
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I am the strange and eccentric chap that wears shell cordovan only.

There have been a few over the years who have taken me to task over my affinity and I'm cool with that.

Collecting shoes and boots in shell cordovan is essentially my only hobby outside of work.

Some blokes hunt and fish, others enjoy cars etc.  I enjoy those things as well.  But, this is my favorite.

I almost bought a pair of EG's recently in calfskin.  But then I came to my senses.  

Thanks.

What is so special about shell? I have only calfskin. Would like to know why it's on high demand.
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What is so special about shell? I have only calfskin. Would like to know why it's on high demand.


Some will name shine, durability, and reasons like that, but for many (and most won't admit it or don't realize it), its the scarcity, and the prestige that comes with the high cost.

 

The more scarce, the more coveted.

 

The more expensive, the stronger the desire.  (Some interesting consumer behavior studies have been done on this one)

 

Not saying everyone or anyone in particular, so nobody needs to get defensive.

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Some will name shine, durability, and reasons like that, but for many (and most won't admit it or don't realize it), its the scarcity, and the prestige that comes with the high cost.

The more scarce, the more coveted.

The more expensive, the stronger the desire.  (Some interesting consumer behavior studies have been done on this one)

Not saying everyone or anyone in particular, so nobody needs to get defensive.

I'm sure igent peer pressure may have something to do with the phenomenon. I know it did for me. uhoh.gif
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I'm sure igent peer pressure may have something to do with the phenomenon. I know it did for me. uhoh.gif
and did it exceed your expectations?

Is it really that more durable than calfskin?
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I like cordovan but I hate the hideous creases and rolls. In my experience you need to have a very good ( almost glove like) fit to minimize the creasing, also Carmina cordovan resists creasing much better than Alden. I put on a new pair of Aldens in my upstairs bedroom, by the time I got to the kitchen I had permanent creases. On the other hand several of my shell Carminas have little to no creasing.

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and did it exceed your expectations?

Is it really that more durable than calfskin?

I do enjoy my pairs quite a bit. But not more than say my Vass suede or calf, or Lobb misty calf. I do like the rolls in shell, and the color lightening in the creases, but I don't like how it welts up in the rain.

I will say that Carmina does shell particularly well. I think they're one of the best at working with it!

As for the durability... People say this, but I don't think I would wear my pairs in adverse enough conditions to test the theory. There used to be a guy named coldiron who frequented the AE thread. He had tons of pairs of AE shell that he wore while hunting and hiking and wading in rivers. Would post amazing before / after pics of shoes being beat to hell then cleaned up to a shine.
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My foray into shell cordovan came to fruition whilst searching the internet for information on well made shoes.

 

I have always liked shoes.  Since back in the day when I got my first pair of Jordan's.

 

Uncle Mac was a member on AAAC and used to post there much more frequently.  I really enjoyed his Alden's.....

 

Honestly, I hate the fact that cordovan is so expensive.  But, I justify it in my own mind by saying that it is my only hobby that I enjoy.

 

Only a small handful of people in the real world even know about shell cordovan.  And those only know about it because I told them....

 

Finally, I view my shoes and boots as sartorial artistry.  Self expression through footwear.

 

This is why I enjoy the balmoral designs the most.  Pure Art.

 

Thanks.

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You do have an incredible collection of shell balmoral boots! Have any Carninas to show off?
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and did it exceed your expectations?

Is it really that more durable than calfskin?


Don't get me wrong, there really is something about.  Especially when you get a real nice hide.  Just seems that nobody can quite put their finger on what it is.

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