Originally Posted by oneade
is it easy to tell the difference between horse and cow leather then? I have not having seen cordovan in person (i've been oblivious to the different leathers). If anyone has closeup pics of cordovan please post!
Here's a previous post showing pictures of creases in shell cordovan vs. calfskin. It's the easiest way to distinguish between the two:http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...45&postcount=1
Other things to look for include a white "bloom" on shell cordovan that is actually wax/oil used in the tanning process coming to the surface (it can be wiped off easily). The edges around broguing or eyelet holes in shell cordovan will also look more indented. I wish I had a picture of this last feature (or a better way of explaining it), but I don't.