Originally Posted by Roger
I recall it being said--by others much more knowledgeable than I--that EG has never used shell cordovan. I'm not saying that, for that reason, it has never happened, but wonder about these. One must, of course, be careful in taking at face value, and precisely as stated, what sellers say in their listings. A while back, a seller was advertising "shell cordovan" belts, but they turned out to be merely horsehide (they were Robert Talbott belts IIRC). The problem is compounded when translation is required. Literally, "Pferdeleder" = horse leather, not shell cordovan. It could be argued that when this term is used by a high-end cordwainer, they mean shell cordovan, but the German word does not, to my knowledge, mean that.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. EG did very occasionally make cordovan shoes, but it hasn't in a long time, except maybe in Portnoy's dreams.
The German shoe seller I trust about as far as I can throw. He tends to take poetic license with his auctions.
Originally Posted by Salsalocust
As ever, I really wanted to post this in men's clothing and challenge those who dismiss Church out of hand to reconsider.
This particular shoe is a 2007 sample: a Church "Gunthorpe 3" UK 8.5F
in Ebano (very dark brown) polished binder
My first thought on seeing those was, When did Church's start making shoes for Payless?