Crockett & Jones has seen an increase in the popularity of all Genuine Shell Cordovan styles, to the point that many of our cordovan loving customers regularly ask us to develop new styles using the material. Unfortunately as with all specialist leathers, the supply of cordovan is restricted due to the lengthy tanning process involved in the production of the material and the availability of the raw material itself.
Cordovan is not a material that suits all, but for those that enjoy its benefits, it is a must have. Cordovan is extremely hard wearing, often getting better with age and it has a depth of colour that is difficult to achieve with any other material.
Genuine Shell Cordovan is vegetable tanned, using a very traditional and labour intensive process that can be seen on the Horween website. This process leaves the material with a very high ‘liquor’ content (although the liquors content is secretive!) that slightly differs the way you should care for cordovan over a pair produced from a calf skin.
We still recommend to use a wax based shoe polish or a special cordovan cream formulated for this type of material. However, as previously mentioned, this material already has a high content of liquor impregnated into it during the tanning process, so it is important not to use too much polish when caring for your cordovan shoes. This will only leave you with an excessive build-up of wax that will scratch easily, attract dirt and leave unsightly creases in the shoes.
You may find that you do not need to add any wax polish to your shoes every time you clean/polish them. By brushing them to remove dirt and polishing them with a cotton cloth; you may achieve your required result. If you feel a small amount of polish is required, do so with a cloth or brush, but do so sparingly.
For detailed knowledge on how to care for your Cordovan Shoes, see our Cordovan Shoe Care page HERE.