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Is this shell cordovan cheaney or kalfskin

N. de Bruin

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Hi all. I bought these brand new cheaney shoes on ebay. On the box it says handwritten with a marker "horse" and the seller sold them brand new as being shell cordovan for 100 dollars. But i am not sure, i dont think it is shell cordovan, it looks different then shell cordovan because u see mirco creases i think. Have i been tricked?
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Those are not shell cordovan, though they could be horsehide since shell cordovan is a specific part of the horse. Alternatively, the term "cordovan" can also refer to the color. No matter, I think Cheaney has only produced a couple of models in shell cordovan lately.
 

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Those are not shell cordovan, though they could be horsehide since shell cordovan is a specific part of the horse. Alternatively, the term "cordovan" can also refer to the color. No matter, I think Cheaney has only produced a couple of models in shell cordovan lately.
Thank you for responding so swiftly. How can i find out if it is horse of kalf? Because the price was so low i am not angry or upset if its not horse but my main concern is taking care of the shoes. I use Saphir only and i need to know if I need to use their Horse line without terpentine for these or the normal kalfskin line. The normal polish with terpentine is said to damage horse leather?
 

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Maybe "Horse" is the same as what Crockett and Jones call "Cavalry Calf", ie corrected grain. However, these certainly do not look like shell cordovan.
 

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The leather feels very soft and supple, maybe its just kalfskin then. Saw some real shell cordovan shoes todat, noticiable difference indeed.
 

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