I didn't read the whole thread because I am lazy, but I like them for simple shoes and boots were the creases make them look "rugged" or "rustic" not sure exactly how to describe the feeling. I wear them in the rain and snow. I needed to wear them today
edit: I will say I have no high end cordovan shoes. And I am not sure how I would like having elegant cordovan shoes. I don't know how more expensive cordovan shoes age.