I don't think I have ever found a pair of shell cordovan leather shoes before. The description of the feel of the leather is like heavy plastic. That is just what this leather feels like.
I have researched these and they appear to be shell cordovan but the soles are not nailed and the heels don't have a V notch. I think that the nails and V notch are vintage shoes, but I can't get a definitive answer.
Here they are. Can someone tell me if they are really shell cordovan? They are not creased like calf leather, but have waves instead.
Also have these shoes that I picked up at an estate sale this summer. Appear to have been worn once, but they have a terrible mildew smell, no visible mold or anything, but smell very musty. I have had them sunning for ages and the smell is getting less and less but I guess I will have to freeze them to see if that does the trick.
Did you know that shell cordovan is from a horses butt? A thick, tough leather on each side of the tail. And only one pair of shell cordovan shoes per horse hide. You can cut 3-4 pair of shoes from a cow hide. Just so you know.