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'Crup", as I've known it to be spelled, is the name used in England for shell cordovan. If someone is spelling it with a "K", they may be doing so in order to both acknowledege and mask a distinction. If "Krupp" is much cheaper than shell, ask yourself why. It may be another form of horse leather.
 

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crup·per

1. A leather strap looped under a horse's tail and attached to a harness or saddle to keep it from slipping forward.

2. The rump of a horse; the croup

Middle English crouper, from Old French cropiere, from croupe, rump;

see croup
Love the linguistic education - right up my street!

This question about Crup ( yes that's how we spell it) comes up from time to time regarding Church's shoes. The answer is plain and simple. Crup is Shell Cordovan. Its just a different name for it. My Church's Crup shoes all say "Crup" on the box and in the catalogue but in gold print on the heel sock it says " Genunine Cordovan".
 
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