We are frequently asked to explain the different types of leather used to make the products you see on the pages of William Rogue & Co. Therefore, we reached out to Phil from ASHLAND LEATHER (Made in USA) and asked for the rundown.
This is what he had to say:
Chromexcel and Cavalier are very similar in nature. Chromexcel is the classic "pull up leather" used in many items, but mostly used in boat shoes for companies like Oak Street Bootmakers, Timberland, Sperry Topsider, etc. Cavalier is a variation on Chromexcel with a lower grease content...this allows for the use of brighter colors. Chromexcel is chrome tanned using chrome salts but is re-tanned with a proprietary blend of vegetable tannins. It molds to its contents, looks great, smells great, and has a very rich feel. READ MORE
Shell Cordovan is the best leather in the world and is only made properly by Horween Leather in Chicago. Genuine Shell Cordovan has been tanned in Chicago by Horween since 1905 when Shell Cordovan was used to hone blades for razor strops. Several years later shoemakers found the leather and have been making the finest shoes in the world ever since. The leather NEVER creases due to its unique fiber structure. This keeps the leather looking great forever. Many wallets and shoes made with shell cordovan will last many, many years and will only get better with age. It is most notably recognized as being very bright in luster, no creasing, long lasting, and with an amazing smell.
And there you have it. If you have further questions, or would like to discuss in more detail, please don't hesitate to let us know.