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My dad had a pair shell Cordovan LWB's that he wore for well over 30 years. He turned me on to shell and was proud when I bought my first pair. Back in the day when I bought these they were not purchased as a style statement or luxury item. They were nice looking shoes that when you bought them you knew would be a long lived workhorse. Pun intended.
Coinopcollector - thanks for both the pictures as well as the history lesson. It was informative and interesting reading.