Originally Posted by robin
I agree on the rip-off, but how do you know they're not shell?
Probably because the handwriting says "Mens Espresso Scotch Grain", and doesn't say cordovan or kruppe anywhere? It's possible to have scotch grain shell cordovan, but I don't think this is it.
most firms would advertise that they're shell cordovan if they used it - it's worth more and you would want the customer to know.
Also, iirc, $1300 was the price for TB calf (I think that's what Socal paid). I haven't heard anything about TB shell cordo prices, though you would expect it to be higher.