There are a lot of interesting lessons, facts, people and stories surrounding footwear alone. Enough to leave you hungry for more every time. I personally have never dug too deep into the history or background of shell cordovan because it's never been my first choice in a shoe. The slick, shiny and expensive part of a horse has often been left behind as I go with elk, calf skin or nappa. However, shell cordovan is something I probably should have read more about earlier, but since I didn't I am fortunate enough that Jordan at Winn Perry was kind enough to enlighten those of us left in the dark. The quick history is interesting, to the point and I felt like I was caught up on what I should have known. To top it off, he has a beautiful pair of Alden's 990's in the fine Horween developed shell cordovan.