Originally Posted by filcol
Would you guys prefer horse or cordovan? Price difference is 100€ (~132$).
in this case you are choosing horse cordovan VS horse. Shell cordovan is made from the fiborous muscle of a horses rump (aka ass) and will be very tough (good for a lot of wear, will take a beating). Horse will be a little less tough than shell but will also take quiet a beating too. Horse leather is tough in general. Given the option i would always side with shell cordovan because I have seen what it can do and it ages very well. (note: cordovan does not breath as well nor stretch as well as other leathers)
I think for MC shoes/boots cordovan makes a lot more sense then other leathers because it ages very well. Shell mc shoes after a lot of wear look a lot better than other leathers with same amount of wear in my opinion. Not saying that if you dont take care of your calf shoes they wont look good.
For sw&d brands, in this case guidi, the boots come a bit wrinkled and dont have the same shape/construction as MC shoes. The idea is that the boots will mold to your feet and assume some cool shape but do not need to retain the fresh out the box new shoe luster that mc shoes need. Guidi should be worn hard everyday whereas MC is office/formal events.
If $132 is not an issue go for the cordovan but both choices are good and you wont go wrong.
Gosh you guys are selling me on guidi, maybe i'll pick up a pair in Italy. Hoping to visit PN/P in florence.