More Love for Cordovan Shell
Given our history of connecting with the wonderful community over on Styleforum, I subscribe and value reading their regular email newsletter.
This last one had a nice gem I thought I'd share with you, written by Alexander Freeling (@afreeling) covering the background of Shell Cordovan. Cordovan is loved among shoe & boot communities for its long life and low-care requirements. But Freeling does a good job covering the history of Cordovan, where the termcomes from (Cordoba, for those of you who skip the article), and the common usages, tanneries, color options, and care techniques.
While I'd love to get my hands on more shell cordovan footwear myself, I will continue to use our recommended care techniques (small amounts of low-solvent cream polish to replenish oils and protect the shell, and lots of brushing), on the few well-taken-care-of pieces I do have.
For products, we typically recommend Neutral Cream Polish for Cordovan Shell products, as it doesn't impede the natural patina, while still protecting the item. However, for the highly-loved color #8, we also sell Burgundy Cream Polish, which is close to the natural starting color.
Here's the article.
For additional reading, we did an Overview on Shell Cordovan recently on our blog, as well.