Shell Cordovan Wallets

5.00 out of 5
(39 customer reviews)
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$85.00$275.00

I currently have British and Italian (IT) Shell Cordovan in a variety of colors. You may also request a custom thread color. Thread color options are black, brown, red, green, blue, yellow, and white.

  • 100% handmade without power tools
  • Saddle stitched by hand with UV bonded, braided, waxed polyester thread
  • Natural hand finish with dyes
  • The inside is full grain black or brown

Good things to know about Shell

  1. Shell is a reversed leather – to thin it would be to lose the flexible and strong full grain. On a bifold the exterior is Shell and the interior a full grain leather in proper thickness. If it's just a card type then it makes more sense, but all Shell is not smart.
  2. Shell has a coating, so it should not touch Shell-to-Shell. That makes sanding marks (roundish markings)
  3. Unlike shoes, wallets are handled more and will get scratches and indentations (but unlike other leather won't fall apart). I recommend you don't carry it in the same pocket with keys.
  4. The initial coating on Shell will fade in about five months, so the difference in US, British, Italian, and Japanese Shell is in the craftsmanship.
  5. A good Shell wallet is bound with marine adhesive, saddle stitched with outdoor marine waxed thread (not with a sewing machine), and all edges finished by hand.
  6. To read about authentic craftsmanship click here.
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39 reviews for Shell Cordovan Wallets

  1. jess
    5 out of 5

    “WOW!! I’m just blown away!!! I have never seen a wallet this nice. Thank you so much. You are more than generous. The wallet is both too beautiful to use, and too beautiful not to! As with all you have made me, the craftsmanship is off the hook! I’m a Happy Happy Happy customer!”

  2. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I finally received my shell wallet today, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so happy and I can’t describe using words how beautiful the wallet is, your amazing craftsmanship with the legendary Horween Shell Cordovan = Awesomeness, the wallet has nice glossiness and weight to it and when holding it on hand the feel and smell of shell just so amazing and luxury and yet feels like a tank which I believe it will last a life time or even pass down to my son!”

  3. jess
    5 out of 5

    “It just arrived. And it’s beautiful!… I will definitely recommend your work, and if I need any leather items, I know whom to ask!”

  4. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I have been looking at J Michael Ashland’s website since I saw a YouTube video about his wallets from Steve Montelli. I wanted to order a wallet made of Shell Cordovan, and as you know it is difficult to come by and after checking back a few times I saw that he had received some. I had previously subscribed to his website and about 15 minutes of seeing that he had shell I received an email notifying me of that fact and what wallets and price were available before he made it available to the full website. I sent him an email immediately about the wallet I wanted, a cash and Card wallet with the right side having the quick pocket, like in the pocket wallet. Within a few minutes I received an email back telling me that yes he could custom make the wallet. We sent 2 or 3 emails back and forth. This was after 9 pm EST on Monday evening and after I had some difficulties with my PayPal account I placed my order at 12:15 am EST on Tuesday morning. Counting Tuesday I received my wallet 5 days later on Saturday. All I can say is WOW. Not only is the wallet gorgeous the customer service was top notch. I can say I have a new favorite wallet. I have over the the last few years purchased several wallets, Tailfeathers, Ashland Shell Cordovan, Colonel Littletons, Atelier Pall, Dave Mitchell, to name a few. The reason I mentioned the above is because I would put the quality of the materials and craftmanship and the customer service of J Michael Ashland against any of the above. The material of the wallet is Horween Shell Cordovan and it is just beautiful. In a close inspection of the wallet you can see the fine craftmanship that J Michael puts into his craft. As mentioned before the customer service could not have been better. Based on the price, quality of the product and the customer service this Shell Cordovan Wallet is definitely a 5 out of 5 star rating or a 10 on a 1-10 scale. If you couldn’t tell, I could not be happier with this purchase and I am already looking to see what I can get for my son for Christmas.”

  5. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I just received the wallet that you made for me in the mail. Pictures and words just cannot adequately describe the quality of your work and the leather in this wallet. I have absolutely no regrets about my choice of reversing the shell cordovan for the interior. The slight black shadowing on the reverse goes very well with the wallet exterior and your setup of thicknesses takes care of any concern about overall thickness. The blue thread is dark enough but yet different enough so that it adds character to the wallet. I could not be more pleased. Thank you.”

  6. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I received my wallet and it I amazing, I have been looking for years for a wallet that can hold up to my abuse. This is it! The craftsmanship is second to none, it’s just beautiful. Thank you so much for contacting me when the shell cordovan arrived, well worth the wait. Definitely the finest wallet available.”

  7. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Greatest wallet ever. The quality and the craftmanship are second to none. I am very happy with my purchase.”

  8. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Is it Christmas in here, or is it just me?! Once again, I am blown away by just how beautiful is! Finally “The Holy Grail” !! WOW!!!! The Shell wallet looks gorgeous! You were right, the Blue Shell with black interior looks awesome, and I even love the contrast on the card pocket with the Blue Shell. That Blue Shell is a beauty !!! Now, I can say my collection is complete. It needed a Shell wallet made by one of the very best, if not the BEST wallet makers / leather-smiths out there. I would highly recommend buying from J Michael Ashland. You won’t be disappointed. Trust me! He is one man operation. Everything he offers is handmade, with nothing but the best leather available, and craftsmanship and quality second to none, and…annnnd, its made right here in U. S. of A. You gotta love that!! I am one extremely happy customer, and glad I made the purchase. And I would do it again in a heart beat. Definitely a customer for life! I’ll be back !! “

  9. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Received my wallet today, job well done! The chocolate brown with red stitching is exactly what I thought it would be. I couldn’t be happier! Thanks for such a great job and excellent customer service! I will be recommending you and requiring your services in the future. Rare to find someone who takes such pride in their work these days. Which is sad really. Great job!”

  10. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I received the dark brown shell cordovan bifold that you made. Less than a week since I placed the order and I have it. That’s amazing by itself. Everything about it is quality as I’m finding out is normal with any order I place. This is probably going to be my favorite. The lighter brown calfskin pockets inside are a perfect touch. All I can say is thank you.”

  11. Robert
    5 out of 5

    Recently ordered chocolate brown cordovan wallet, I can saying only one word Wow! Collecting funds for another one,I like different colors,great and fast service.

  12. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I just received my cash and card wallet in green shell cordovan and it is absolutely amazing. I love it so much I just placed another order for the same wallet in blue shell! …Thanks, I might even be tempted to order all the colors, your skills are unreal and the quality is unmatched.”

  13. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I just received your wallet and I love it”

  14. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I received the wallet just in time for christmas. Thank you very much for this beautiful piece, I am very happy with my choice. Looking forward to ordering something else from you in the future. Thank you very much!”

  15. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Got my wallet and I love it. One word: perfection. There’s nothing like a handmade leather wallet and this is the best I have seen. The details, the stitching, the leather (shell cordovan) smell, everything is fantastic. Thank you J Michael!”

  16. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I can say, without question, that the products that I’ve ordered and received from J Michael are perhaps the finest quality that can be had anywhere. The thought and attention that go into his products are not frequently encountered in today’s throw away society. I have no doubt that these wallets will last my entire lifetime. I applaud the effort and talent that is displayed in his work. J Michael has earned a lifetime customer, and I’ll gladly and enthusiastically recommend his products to anyone. Truly, truly impressive! Thanks J Michael!!!”

  17. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I really like the chocolate shell pocket wallet, it is sharp . I think the leather will create a rich patina over time as it is worn . As I have said before, your quality and craftsmanship makes brand name wallets look inferior. For now, my wallet shopping craze has been satisfied. Lol !! Now I can direct my efforts toward telling my friends and family about your luxury US HANDMADE leather products. “

  18. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I received the wallet and you were right the recipient loved the wallet. It was beautifully made, well done.”

  19. jess
    5 out of 5

    “The wallets came today and they look and feel amazing! I’m no leather snob, just a regular guy that enjoys American made quality items! Alway try to buy USA if possible…The craftsmanship is amazing!!”

  20. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Just wanted to let you I know I got my wallet and you were right, I love it. Great job! Thanks a million and keep up the excellent work.”

  21. jess
    5 out of 5

    “J Michael thank you for the beautiful wallets, I’ve been using the shell cordovan and I have to say it’s like nothing else I’ve ever owned! The other wallet which is sterrhide feels amazing too! I haven’t used it yet but the sterrhide is so soft and pliable I love it too. The leather smell is still there on both, and the construction quality is by far the best I’ve seen. If anybody wants some great USA handmade quality leather products stop whatever your doing and send J an email, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. HE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR ME AND I’M SURE HE WOULD DO THE SAME FOR YOU!!!! both wallets are bifold regular version. Thanks again man your great!!”

  22. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Thanks so much for the beautiful piece of work- the wallet is fantastic!”

  23. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I am writing to unequivocally praise the shell cordovan bifold wallet that you made for me (and which I received on a Saturday morning less than a week after I ordered it!). Your recommendation of the red exterior and black interior produces a magnificent-looking wallet. It projects an image of elegance, quiet and classic elegance. The craftsmanship is incredible. In fact — and this is not hyperbole — the word that probably is more appropriate than “craftsmanship” is “artistry.” Over years of buying briefcases and wallets, I have learned that edges often separate the superb from the rest. Your edges are the best, I think, that I have ever seen on a wallet.

    I am a 67-year-old professional. I have owned a number of high-priced and high-quality wallets, American and Italian. None were shell cordovan — though one is American alligator — and this wallet, I believe, surpasses them all. The price is more-than-reasonable.

    Should anyone reading this review wonder, the red is conservative — but classical, stylish conservative, not dull. It is pretty much the color traditionally associated with the word “cordovan” and perhaps slightly less red than the Saphir #71 cordovan shoe polish. I look forward to seeing the patina that it will develop, though I suspect that if I live out my normal lifespan, this wallet will still have a great deal of life left in it.

    Thank you!”

  24. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Love the wallet. Really fantastic. Again, many thanks!”

  25. jess
    5 out of 5

    “Placed my order 3 days ago and got my wallet delivered today. I couldn’t be happier. The quality and the craftsmanship are superb. If you’re thinking about which shell cordovan wallet to buy, look no further. It’s right here!”

  26. jess
    5 out of 5

    “J Michael – just received the whiskey shell wallet and it is gorgeous! My second from you. The blue stitching is indeed a nice touch. The black shell I ordered last year is holding up splendidly and still looks new. High quality stuff and worth every penny. Looking forward to my next order. Thanks again.”

  27. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I received my J MICHAEL ASHLAND pocket wallet in black shell today. IT IS STUNNING! The attention to detail with the stitching is pristine. I ordered it with blue stitching, so it looks like an evening out in black tie, very elegant color combination…When you receive your J Michael wallet the packaging is like gift wrap, literally speaking, plus a handwritten card, the “birth certificate” of your wallet that describes your new arrival. Excellent marketing! This is an elite minimalist carry. Get one!”

  28. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I just got it in the mail and OMG it is amazing!! The smell of the shell cordovan is like no other, is my first wallet with this leather and I’m proud to say that it will be the last one. Thanks again for the fast service, I really appreciate it. I will be recommending your products to all my friends”

  29. jess
    5 out of 5

    “I would have to say that J Michael is the best person to work with. I have never spoken to someone more informative and knowledgeable about their products. I ordered the Pocket Wallet in the Shell Cordovan leather…..the craftsmanship is unbelievable. I have never had such a high quality wallet and I have owned several wallets over the past several years. I will usually buy a new wallet every year and this wallet is by far the best wallet I have every owned. It is a perfect blend of form and function. The look and feel are utterly amazing. It is a small wallet yet it holds so many cards and it also holds a lot of cash (folded once….which I really love). I am definitely ordering more wallets from J Michael. Thanks again for such a great wallet!!”

  30. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I live in Sydney.
    I received my pocket wallet in Black shell exterior with black calf interior and blue stitch… This is exactly what I wanted !!
    I am very happy with the quality and finish.
    J Micheal has replied promptly to my emails.
    Very highly recomended !!!”

  31. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “Just received my new black shell cordovan bifold and it’s amazing. Everything from the leather, marine stitching and wallet layout is perfect. This wallet is the real deal, head and shoulders above any other wallet out there. I think it’s a real bargain for what I received, free shipping that was also very quick, and very quick response from my emails. I even love the sailboat on the front! I look forward towards many years of use, and future purchases for my leather goods. J Michael you are a master of your craft. Thank you!!!”

  32. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I just received my bifold wallet made from green shell cordovan leather and am extremely impressed. I have over eight wallets made by other leather companies and yours surpasses all of them in craftmanship and style.”

  33. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “Superb item! I don’t do reviews but this wallet justifies it. In this age of mass produced imported leather goods, it is rare to find hand-made bespoke items, crafted in North America using traditional methods and the very finest materials available. I read the reviews of others, saw the photos on this site, and decided to take a chance by ordering a minimalist pocket wallet in cordovan. Since I am critical on issues of quality, I was only cautiously optimistic that the product would meet the standard described in the reviews. A week after placing the order, the wallet arrived and it is outstanding. In every respect, this wallet meets and exceeds all expectations. The cordovan and the interior leather used is of the highest quality. The beautiful finished product shows all the hallmarks of meticulous hand production and attention to detail. This is apparent in the clean tight stitching, and the fine hand finishing of leather edges. I considered competitors’ products before placing the order, and the deciding factor for me was the hand-cutting and finishing, offered by J Michael leather-smith. You Will Not be disappointed.”

  34. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I don’t know how to express how pleased I am that I came across J Michael Ashland. I was looking up to replace my wallet that I had for the last 10 years. I had an idea for a wallet and reached out to J Michael on his site and with in 15 mins I received a phone call from the man himself. We talked over what I wanted to do. He gave me plenty of information on what he does and what goes into his wallets. With no hesitation I placed my order, what felt like the next day I saw my Pocket wallet on his Instagram site. Look for the wallet in Blue IT shell with Red shell in the interior with Yellow stitching. I had a childish grin and could not wait to get it in hand.
    As soon as I got it WOW. He is the real deal. This wallet looks great and there is no doubt that it will last a lifetime. When we talked I mentioned how I wanted to be able to have a wallet that I can have made again to give to my 2 boys. My wife saw the wallet and totally agreed. J Michael Ashland has at least 2 more orders in the future from me. Thank you!”

  35. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I just received my wallet in the mail. It is absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for everything you did and helping me through this process. Your work is incredible.”

  36. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I recently received one of your wallets as a gift from a very close friend. I believe the model is the Pocket Wallet. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your work. The Cordovan leather is spectacular. The fit and finish including the hand stitching and burnishing is impeccable. The wallet is truly a work of art, I’m almost afraid to use it. But I know it will wear very well and get better with age. Great work!”

  37. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “Crazy! Who isn’t excited about receiving a handmade, functional piece of art? I knew from the reviews that delivery was fast and I therefore entertained the giddy (can you be giddy in your 60s?) prospect of having my cordovan pocket wallet by Friday’s trip to NYC. I ordered Thursday afternoon and its now the following Tuesday, noon, and this beauty is in hand (nostrils too…smells great). Quick turn-around is really just the bonus.
    The wallet is all that you’ve read about and expect from J Michael. The hand stitching perfect.
    The purchase began with an email in which I noted my cell number and my vague questions. I figured I could do better in a conversation but merely suggested he could call if that suited his schedule. I got a call a half hour later….immensely helpful. We also digressed from leather to climbing and other mutual interests. The wallet holds the tangible stuff as expected…..and some intangible karma as well!”

  38. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    ” I love my pocket wallets. Just sitting here on vacation this week. Looking at this elegant black shell beauty. I have 9 cards in it and $102 cash in the bottom left pocket. Folds just right. The front exterior feels like it’s padded, it is addictive just thumbing the exterior. And with everything loaded it feels featherish in weight. Smooth. Just right. Very pleased. And grateful.”

  39. Jess Paradise
    5 out of 5

    “I just received my shell cordovan men’s bifold wallet. It really meets all my expectations. This wallet is a real peace of art. The craftsmanship reflected by this wallet is outstanding. The attention to details is amazing. Also, shipping via Canada Post is really nice. I live in a small town and delivery with other shipping services could be a little tricky. Most of the time you have to go to the nearest bigger city to get your shipment from the delivery company point of service. With shipping via Canada Post, you get your package right at home with your other mail. Really nice and convinient. Thanks again J Michael for taking the time to make such nice objects that accompanied people every day. Excellent job and keep it up.”

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