Originally Posted by MSchapiro
Can you elaborate on why? I'm curious.
It's a waxy leather, a pull up. It's thick and stiff and can take quite a bit off abuse, the tradeoff being that it doesn't breathe particularly well. To me feels like a halfway medium between the stuff that waxy work boots are made out of and normal dress shoes. I think that's part of the reason for it's historical popularity - you can beat the shit out of it, and then give it a brush and it'll look presentable. Certainly the more famous shell models have been casual shoes - the classic #08 longwing is pretty chunky.
I find calf to be more luxurious and elegant for sleek dress shoes - oxfords, sleek monks etc.
OTOH I have seen some nice looking sleek cordovan models - Carmina seems to excel in this department. I can't help but think they'd be as good or better in calf though.Edited by hendrix - 10/6/12 at 10:27pm