Originally Posted by tonylumpkin
Under an hour on these and still under $100.
yes, part of the reason is that they don't have a combination heel - but rather, a rubber heel. AE almost always uses combination heels with shell cordovan and rubber heels with calfskin or corrected grain. So the lower price is in part due to suspicion from sophisticated bidders that these may be corrected grain.
That being said, outside from the heel anomaly, they really do look like shell cordovan. But I can't guarantee it.
I'm pretty sure there was a discussion somewhere, maybe in this thread, about this particular shoe.