Cordovan is always stiffer and bulkier (heavier) than calf. I still like it though; there is a time and place for calf and cordovan. But, I agree. The Shannons look better.
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I agree which is why I find this ad to be very strange:
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The cordovan on the Carmina bal boots is very stiff by its very nature as others have suggested. On my EG Galways the vamp is the most supple sublime soft but substantial calf I have never seen but that's my first pair of EGs. I don't think the stiffness of the cordovan in the Carmina boot is in any way unexpected or faulty. To me both are simply beautiful boots. Of course the Carmina boot, has a tremendous price advantage going for it. The value/quality equation in Carmina is extraordinary in my opinion. I sometimes think we have a propensity to name one item superior over another when its somewhat beside the point. Both shoes should provide great durability and wear and are excellent boots.
Both are great choices for 2 different price points. Since EG lasts work better than Carmina, the choices have not been difficult.
No cordovan from EG yet though...I have a huge stable of Alden for that.
I'm looking for a double monk in brown. I have a middle-low instep and have had a little bit of a problem with balmoral shoes (the sides often touch but its not a serious problem). Would the Edward Green double monk fit properly i.e. tight enough over the instep? (I know it's likely to be on the last "hole" which is fine of course). Someone else on the forum suggested a particular C&J monk strap for a middle/low instep but I have to say I love my pair of Galways. Unfortunately in this metropolis of 6 million people (Atlanta) the only vendor of Edward Green intown (Sid Mashburn) doesn't stock the double monk so I'll have to order.