To distill it down, the real appeal of this leather is in the story. I am very honest about that. Sure, it looks good, has a great smell blah blah blah. But ultimately, I wouldn't have forked over 1,700 GBP for a pair if it weren't for the back story. If you find my rationale foolish, you'd do best to stick with regular calfskin. It'll probably last longer. Which is why the folks at Cleverley bring up the story every time you see them. Not a foolish rationale, Eustace, just looking for a reason to justify the purchase, no?