Originally Posted by LittleViti
I'm new to the Alden game and jumped right in with a pair of #8 974 SWB. I'm really impressed with shell overall, believing that would be the best quality/most versatile and durable leather.
What are the advantages or reasons so many seem to prefer CXL?
LV, congrats on your purchase of the 974, I just got a pair last week myself. Beautiful shoe.
A lot of people like CXL because it exhibits many similar characteristics of Shell Cordovan, but tends to have a more casual flair to it. It's durable, easy to care for, and awesome. Care is just the same as Shell more or less with just simply brushing. Scuffs and Knicks can typically be simply removed by brushing as well. I have a whole single pair of CXL shoes, so I am not the resident expert, but have read only great things about CXL here.
Hope that helps!