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How to identify cordovan leather?

NHorween

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Originally Posted by Galix
Hey guys!

Nice post. I have a question about cordovan. Next winter I'll be moving to a place where it literally rains on average 235 days a year, plus occasional snow. Is it cordovan a better option than calf for that insane amount of water? And what about soles: dainite or commando?

And if someone is wondering which city I'm talking about, it's Bergen, in the western coast of Norway.


Shell "rolls" more than it creases, and, as mentioned, there won't be any fine creasing since there is no grain.

I wear my shell shoes all winter and absolutely in the rain. When shell gets wet sometimes welts will appear, but this can usually be resolved by brushing or rewetting the shoes evenly and then allowing to dry (naturally - no moving air or heat). If the sidewalks are salty I always wipe the salt away at the end of the day.

These should be able to to ship to Norway - http://www.menshoes.de/en/oberleder/..._from_store=de

Carmina is always a great option with Dainite Soles - http://www.carminashoemaker.com/
 

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Thank you for the info guys!

Still several months to go, but I'm more or less sure about what to get: Carmina boots in shell cordovan and dainite sole.
 

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Any idea if these might be shell cordovan?

They look like they are rippling not creasing.



 

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Hey all, sorry to resurrect an old thread but any idea about whether or not these are shell? They are AEs. Bought them on ebay.


 
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Any idea if these might be shell cordovan?

They look like they are rippling not creasing.



They don't look like shell. If you blow up the picture, you can see microcreases.

ETA: Also, if you look at many eBay descriptions a lot of people will use cordovan as a description of color which can lead to some confusion. Generally, that refers to Horween #8 which can be close to the burgundy loafer you see everywhere

A good guide is http://fityn.com/official-shell-cordovan-shoes-model-numbers-guide/
 
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watch this pair of santoni FAM on ebay,seems like no pore on the surface.

so is it cordovan shell or polished calf or just beautified pic by photoshop?

i really don't have any experience with cordovan.

many thanks!
 

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Holy old thread revival batman, you'd be better off to post these pictures and ask over in the Allen Edmonds thread!
 

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by the way I believe they are calf
 

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Well done reviving a thread that died 6 years ago!
 

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