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Can show a pics of your shell cordovan shoes with roll? I don't own any and quite curious how they look like.
sold all four of them..., though roll was not the issue just a pain to take care of after bad weather
 

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This is a color 8 Carmina Wholecut that sold on eBay for $300 a few weeks back. This is the reason why Shell cordovan does not suit the Wholecut model.
 

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@styc I am not a shell advocate (and I am just getting chelsea for fun), but I want to argue that fit (and leather properties for calf) may be more important.

Below is my pair of Bontoni wholecut, bought at full retail (so is not second or whatever), and always using the lasted shoe trees provided:

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I guess this would not (mis-)lead anyone to argue that calf leather is unsuitable for wholecuts in general?

And AMs, in contrast...

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I like shells just not on the Wholecut Oxford model. I recall a few years ago my “holy grail” shoe was a shell seamless Wholecut but over time realized that it was not a good idea. Perhaps she’ll for a Chelsea would work better because it is a boot. The good thing about a boot is that it looks great polished and shiny but equally looks superb scruffy and beat up. Gongdrew on IG just posted his Yanko Shell Cordovan boots as attached. A good point of reference but note that his shell cordovan is sourced from Rocado (I.e Italian)
 

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I like shells just not on the Wholecut Oxford model. I recall a few years ago my “holy grail” shoe was a shell seamless Wholecut but over time realized that it was not a good idea. Perhaps she’ll for a Chelsea would work better because it is a boot. The good thing about a boot is that it looks great polished and shiny but equally looks superb scruffy and beat up. Gongdrew on IG just posted his Yanko Shell Cordovan boots as attached. A good point of reference but note that his shell cordovan is sourced from Rocado (I.e Italian)
My friend’s Carmina (before they stopped taking wholecut cordovan chelsea orders) - the exact inspiration for my project with AM:

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Wow he really didn’t take care of these. On purpose I assume?
Indeed, for the very rustic look. I think he uses a metal spoon once a very long.

how about Kangaroo? These are my 11 year old RM Williams seamless boots. My only chelseas
I have their yearling leather wholecut and they are my best friends in the rain. They have fewer wear then they should because I tend to choose sharper lasts when I have two pairs in front of me (and I own a pair of CJ calf, which always compete with this pair for wear).

For kangaroo, there was no ready stock available when I got my pair in Australia. I did find the softness and the texture very intriguing - some may hate the wrinkling, though.

For cordovan, the best way to make it shine is perhaps not to keep it shiny? 🤣
 

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This is a color 8 Carmina Wholecut that sold on eBay for $300 a few weeks back. This is the reason why Shell cordovan does not suit the Wholecut model.
now to be fair you can make those color “even” just be ready to use a ton of cream and going at it for like 30 minutes +, then hope it doesn’t rain any time otherwise repeat the process...
 

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Now on the alternative for bad weather I would vote for

1. suede with nano spray protector
2. some kind hatch grain
 

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Now on the alternative for bad weather I would vote for

1. suede with nano spray protector
2. some kind hatch grain
Definitely agree with @clee1982 concerning bad weather leather. Suede with a protector, or a grain type leather are amazing, especially in cities with inclement weather. Alpine, and Inca from my experience are excellent resilient leathers, not to mention easy care. In fact, all of these are low maintenance, and look fantastic on pretty much any AM last.
 

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now to be fair you can make those color “even” just be ready to use a ton of cream and going at it for like 30 minutes +, then hope it doesn’t rain any time otherwise repeat the process...
case in point... I had polished up these Carmina Rubi shell cordovan captoes on a Sunday. Moisturized then with Venetian creme and brushed them like a bitch. Then added on some Alden cordovan creme and brushed like a bitch some more. The shoes looked amazing! They were ultra shiny! Come Monday morning, I wear these out the door, literally to my car and into my office and look at that white layer of wax bloom already!!! 🤬
 

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