Introducing the "Ferrari" of Leathers

Yes, you’ve heard right, Shell Cordovan
—the cream of the crop when it comes to luxurious quality shoe leather

For those of you who never hear of it, Cordovan is a type of leather that really stands out.

Its glossy finishrefined texture, and durable nature makes it the leather of choice for high-end shoe manufacturers.

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And it’s not a coincidence that only a handful of the most iconic luxury mens shoe brands have a (very) limited product range made with shell cordovan —admittedly for connoisseurs only.

Cordovan leather is rareexpensive, and its production process is painfully slow.

Where does it come from? The name «Cordovan», derives from the Spanish city of Cordoba, and means “from Cordoba”. A region known for its famous Andalusian horse breeding tradition, dating back as far as the 7th century.

Unlike conventional cowhide leather, Cordovan is an equine leather. It’s made from horsehide or, more specifically, the fibrous shell that sits beneath the surface hide of a horse’s hind quarters.

The process to produce Cordovan is painstaking; a single shell is tanned, shaved, smoothed and dyed by hand, and then treated with vegetable oils over the course of several weeks and carefully polished before it leaves the tannery – an intensive and expensive process taking six months or more.

In contrast to calf, Shell Cordovan is completely smooth, without a grain. This gives Cordovan shoes their high-shine and luxurious finish, which suits rich dark browns or cognac colors, or the classic burgundy.

It also behaves a little differently than calf. It’s stiffer, and while it does become incredibly supple and mould to the wearer’s feet over time, it does takes longer to break in. We expect a pair of our Cordovan shoes – well cared for and resoled when required – to last for decades.

Shell Cordovan is available in 4 colors: Dark brown, Cognac, Navy and Burgundy —also known as Color #8— the most common color of shell cordovan available. It’s a deep brown with hints of reddish burgundy, which will become more visible over time.

Finally, for this exclusive collection, you can choose, through the Configurator, between different types of soles and even heel heights.

Cordovan Leather Collection

one more minute before you leave

We want to assign you one of our craftsmen as a personal assistant to propose customized solutions expressly designed for you.

We would like to help you use the Configurator to design your exclusive models.