Since joining this forum I've quite enjoyed reading and learning about various topics. I've not only increased my knowledge, but have learning some interesting things about clothing company history, etc. At times I have curiosity questions. This is one of those times. A number of times I have bid on shell cordovan shoes on eBay, but have yet to win. It seems I'm always outbid by a Japanese bidder. Can someone with some background explain to me the Japanese liking of shell cordovan shoes? In speaking with the Alden Shop in San Francisco and Adam Knott of Alden of Carmel, they both indicate they have many Japanese clients. I'm assuming one factor is how much these shoes would cost in Japan, but one bidder in particular must have purchased 30 plus pairs over the years. What am I missing? I've also talking to Allen Edmonds reps about this and they mention they have a large German following for their shell cordovan shoes and hence AE will make shell cordovan for many models that aren't stock in the US. Any insight?