Insider Wallet Horween Shell Cordovan

Our Insider Wallet built from world famous Horween Shell Cordovan. A costly and twice-dense and twice-durable horse leather, popular with craftsmen building the best dress shoes.


Slim profile wallet packs a lot and they work great as a front pocket and back pocket wallet. 

  • Holds 12 cards comfortably
  • Cut and saddle stitched by hand in North Idaho
  • Stitching is guaranteed for life.
  • 3-4oz thick leather
  • W 3" x H 4.25" x D 5/8" (when full on average)

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    Horween Shell Cordovan

    The rare and highly coveted Horween Shell Cordovan horse leather is hand tanned from the unique part of a horse rump.  We make these available every few weeks as we are restocked with Shell from the Horween Tannery in Chicago.  Keep an eye on our Instagram, or website to catch when we restock in small quantities. 

    We generally only build our wallets with a reversed Shell, but if you're interested in a proper side-out wallet, please contact us with the request and we will build yours to order. 

    About Shell Cordovan

    Rare, twice as durable and dense, and the top of the line in tanned leather.

    Care Tips: The glossy finished surface withstands much of the elements and abuse. Use Saphir Cordovan Cream (Amazon Link) on the surface for restoration and beauty, but be sure to match the color of the cream to the color of the item. Otherwise, use any quality leather conditioner to add protection and restore moisture to dry leather. For reverse Shell Cordovan items, treat the leather as you would Natural Veg Tan. It will be readily absorbent to liquid and markings which makes it excellent for patina hunters, but requires an occasional conditioning every few months for protection against moisture/dust/etc.

    The shell refers to the round section of a horse rump that this unique leather is derived from. The biggest a single shell can get is typically around 2.5 square feet. The hyper density of the leather has to do with a membrane in that part of the horse. It takes months to create this amazing leather and it is not cheap.

    "A product made of shell cordovan will last multiple lifetimes. The best part of using shell cordovan in a wallet or watch strap is the natural rubbing a wear placed on the shell which starts developing an amazing patina that develops with each use. It is similar to having a fine wine that you can drink every day and keeps getting better. - Nick Horween, All About Shell Cordovan"

    What is Reversed Shell Cordovan?

    Since Shell is so dense, it can be used reversed for a couple of reasons.

    • Color: For the unique splatter dye look of where the tanners let the dye casually fly.
    • Stamp: Sometimes you're lucky to receive a bit of the Horween ink stamp that will show off the world famous leather being used. Be aware that the ink stamp will fade and wear off with time and use.
    • Patina: The patina developed by the reversed Shell Cordovan is some of the best around.

    Most orders arrive between

    Estimated 2-4 Weeks

    Port Wallets, Insider Wallets and Enfold Card Wallets typically go out a day or two after the order is placed. If you have a deadline, please contact us. We may be able to work something out.

    Custom Requests: Closed

    Our store orders are our top priority, and so we're unable to interrupt our work flow in order to accept any custom requests. If you're interested in your initials being placed on your item, we suggest taking it in to your local laser engraver. You'll receive a quality engraving, that is truly complimentary to your fine leather goods.

    Items In Stock

    Generally we keep Port Wallets, Insiders and Enfold Card Wallets built and ready to ship. Otherwise all leather goods are generally hand made to your order. Items marked as 'in stock' means that we have the material on hand to fulfill your order and that wait times will apply.

    USA Shipping

    All USA destinations are shipped FedEx Express which has a 2-3 day transit time for US residents. You will receive tracking information in an email when your order ships.

    International Shipping

    International shipments may choose between First Class, Priority mail or FedEx, but we strongly suggest FedEx as it gets through customs easier. There is no guarantee of tracking for international shipments. If your package hasn't arrived after 30 days, please contact us with your tracking number. Craft and Lore cannot be held responsible for the US Postal Service losing packages once it leaves the USA. If a package is indeed lost, and after 60 days have passed since the shipping day, please contact us and we will see what we can do.


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