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post #646 of 1049
Has anyone ever heard of the joseph clayton shell cordovan or have any pics? I would love to see them
post #647 of 1049
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Originally Posted by agedashidofu View Post

Has anyone ever heard of the joseph clayton shell cordovan or have any pics? I would love to see them

Guarded Goods (http://www.guardedgoods.com/) shows pics.
http://imgur.com/a/5FbC1
http://imgur.com/a/iqrxW
http://imgur.com/a/QRLw0
http://imgur.com/a/pXDcV


Very informative.
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hbaas

I have handled horween, clayton, and comipel shell. Not japanese/south american though.

First off, horween is more than twice the price of the others, at 180 quid a shell vs 72 for clayton, and 90 or so for comipel. Horween shell is thick, with a kinda oily, glossy finish. It was pretty soft and flexible, but not overly so. One thing I noticed is that there were lot's of marks and scratches on the shell. This might have been because I ordered a dark colour (no 8), but I was expecting a smoother finish.

Comipel shell was slightly thinner than horween, but the finish was absolutely perfect. Like, there was literally not a single mark on any of the shells. It feels really waxy, and firm, and has a more matte colour than horween.

My personal favourite though, was clayton. It is very thin, making it super easy to stitch, though kinda inappropriate for footwear (they offer heavier grades, though I have no experience with those.). It has very little shine, but the surface is really smooth and buttery. I saw a few blemishes, but nothing serious. The depth of colour is fantastic, and there's some really heavy striations in the dye.

Really, I guess my reasoning boils down to price and surface finish. Horween shell is nice (I mean, even crappy shell is a beautiful leather), but it's not that nice. I feel the major price increase is totally unsubstantiated. Also, it seems that due to increased demand, horween is loosening their qc. If comipel and clayton can make sure their shell meets certain standards, horween should too.
post #648 of 1049
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Thanks. This is very helpful. Some of the latest horween batches do indeed look awful as compared to the ones I had ordered many years ago...I really do think that horween needs a new competition
post #649 of 1049
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Meermin Punch Cap Toe



Your pics look great! How would you rate Meermin's offering, with regard to shell quality, construction, and finishing?

post #650 of 1049
Wolverine 744 boot

post #651 of 1049
wklq76a, you get what you pay for, the shell is very dry, very average. But for the price I paid for them, decent.
Edited by wurger - 3/10/14 at 3:04pm
post #652 of 1049
Thanks Wurger.
post #653 of 1049
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Wolverine 744 boot
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Very nice sir.

 

 

Now if I only had a Cordovan boot in a more work type kinda look.  

 

 

D*** Namor. Enabler!!!!:brick:

post #654 of 1049
Carmina Horma in Shell Cordovan Black in Forest last, cross post from the black cap toe thread





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Wolverine 744 boot
 

Lovely.

 

Are these manufactured by Allen Edmonds for Wolverine?  I remember such claim was made regarding the 721 LTD.

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Lovely.

 

Are these manufactured by Allen Edmonds for Wolverine?  I remember such claim was made regarding the 721 LTD.

Yes they are made by AE. 

post #657 of 1049
Tough to show the full depth of the color but Tricker's Mogano Cordovan Chukkas today. The color is a deep brown/eggplant in person





post #658 of 1049
Cognac, Whisky, Tobacco shell cordovan

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post #659 of 1049
@rydenfan Those floors!


Shoes are OK, too wink.gif
post #660 of 1049
They all look great but I need that wingtip boot
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