the CXL wont stretch as readily as the samples did. My samples were really stretchy but my boots are nowhere near as stretchy. If that makes sense... That said, I found the CXL to have more character than the other dress leathers I was also considering. Not to say they are bad, in fact they are excellent, but they just seemed more basic and run of the mill. The cxl took on characteristics, scratches, and what not.