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Are these Canali shoes shell cordovan?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lhuynh, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. lhuynh

    lhuynh Senior member

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    I just bought these double monks for what I consider a really good price if they are calf, but if they are shell cordovan, I think I got an AMAZING deal.

    Just not sure if Canali is just referencing the color vs the leather itself. The leather feels very waxy and it "seems" to ripple and the scratches buff out easily. I'm just not super familiar with identifying shell. While I was out shopping after buying the shoes, I asked the folks at Crockett & Jones to take a look as a favor, and they seemed to think they are probably shell cordovan. Just wouldn't commit.

    Anyone familiar with Canali cordovan? Pictures below. Of course, Canali sizing is weird so not sure these fit quite right yet.

    Also are they goodyear welted? They seem to be when I look at them.

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  2. Wallcloud

    Wallcloud Senior member

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    Great looking shoes. In really nice shape too! Looks like calf to me. Hard to tell from the pics with such a small amount of wear.

    Edit: I could be totally wrong on this.
     
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  3. manchambo

    manchambo Senior member

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    No. I have a pair and they are calf. I love the shoes, though.
     


  4. manchambo

    manchambo Senior member

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    As it happens I'm wearing mine today:

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  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Yes to your second question; they are 270° Goodyear welted. Congratulations to all. Beautiful double monks. :)
     
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  6. masernaut

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    Definitely calf. Great looking monks...
     


  7. lhuynh

    lhuynh Senior member

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    Awesome. Thanks folks. I need to see what I think about the fit. Lovely shoes. Very happy with them for <$200.

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  8. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    From the box, "cuoio" = calf, I am almost sure.
     


  9. lhuynh

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  10. manchambo

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    Less than 200 is indeed a great price. I believe I paid around 400 for them on sale at Saks. Seems to me full retail was around 650.
     


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    You can't tell necessarily deduce that from a few photos of unworn shoes. However, it's unlikely that a Goodyear-welted shoe that retails for $600 is corrected grain.
     


  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Let me introduce you to a company called Church's.
     


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    I think some Canali shoes use corrected grain. But what's the best way to confirm this? That is, what does corrected-grain leather typically look like?
     


  15. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    It looks kind of laminated. These don't look CG to me.
     


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