Cardinals5

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I picked these up for a song on eBay this morning assuming that they're shell, but the maker, Lotus, is rather obscure (not know for making shell). I decided to take a chance since the depth of color around the toe seems to indicate shell - if they're not shell at least I'm not out much.

What does the forum think - shell or not shell?

Any hints on how to repair/stop the cracking on the side of the toe in the third picture?

Lotus (Made in England) Burgundy PTBs









 

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I say shell based upon: creasing, color, splotchy patterns under translucent finish, and lack of evident grain or pore structure. Can't help with the cracking, but some conditioner might be good if it's getting dry.
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Patrick06790

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This gives new meaning to the term "shell game."

Ahahahahaha

Looks like shell to me, based on creasing.
 

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My guess is shell too. I've seen old shoes with years of polish on them, not to imply they've been abused, look almost like shell.

To me the only definitive give away is the heavy creasing indicative of the horsey.
 
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WindsorNot

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Lucky. I was watching those as well. My guess was not shell due to the look of the leather. The creasing indicates shell, but the leather does not have the dense look of shell. Please let us know, as I was curious myself.
 

Cardinals5

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Thanks fellows for confirming my suspicion that these are shell.

Any recommendations for conditioners for shell that have become dry? I have a couple of pairs of shells that are 20-30 years old and probably need some conditioner, but I've been afraid of ruining the finish by using conditioners made for calf. I've just maintained them using the MacMethod.

I've read recommendations for AE's shell cordovan cream, but no one mentioned whether this will work for dried out shell.
 

Cardinals5

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Lucky. I was watching those as well. My guess was not shell due to the look of the leather. The creasing indicates shell, but the leather does not have the dense look of shell. Please let us know, as I was curious myself.
Will do WindsorNot - my first instinct was the same as yours (not shell) and probably just abused old calf, but the depth of color on the toes and the speckled effect, which I also have on my shell longwings, along with the full leather heels convinced me to buy them on a whim. I'll update the thread (with pics) when I receive the shoes.

With my luck they'll be shell, but the 8.5 size will be British sizing :icon_pale:
 

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Definitely shell. Needs plenty of TLC to get it back to glory (if it is not dried out from the inside).
 
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