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Are these shell cordovan or regular old leather?

thewaxmania

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Saw these and was wondering. No markings or information on the inside of the shoe. Thanks Gents.

Mystery solved. Thanks.
 

Mr. Sartorial

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Originally Posted by BBC
Shell - no doubt.

I'm curious: What indicates they are cordovan to you with such certainty? I suspect they are because of the higher gloss that is typical of cordovan, but I'm wondering what caught your eye.
 

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^Shell. It's in the creasing. No microcreasing and the creases are lighter than the shell around it.
 

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Originally Posted by AlanC
^Shell. It's in the creasing. No microcreasing and the creases are lighter than the shell around it.

End of thread.
 

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Yep, AlanC covered the obvious signs of shell, but this pair also has the distinctive dimple that sometimes appears on the vamp of shell shoes (this dimple has been discussed before and doesn't seem to have any obvious origin). It's the small indentation right in the middle of the vamp just below where the throat begins.
 

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