Monty. I saw those Parkman pairs on the previous page you posted. I actually have a pair of their shoes on the way this week from measurements way I can decide if I should purchase any of their exotics. There isn't much info out there regarding their shoes so just dipping my toes with one of their higher end calf side stitched shoes first. If they pan out as being as good of quality as they look in the videos then will have no choice but to try a few of the gators and ostrich being they are reasonably priced compared to other hand mades.
These are my favorite slip on from Mezlan that I have in exotic. They are a really dark brown (crappy lighting and iPhone 6splus pic) They were also more expensive than all my other Mezlans. I have 2 crocs and 2 alligator Mezlan slip on/moccasins which have held up great over the past 5-10 years. I wasn't around for the cheap skins and negative feedback and honestly never knew their company was known for producing low quality exotics until I joined this site. This is this first clothing forum I've ever joined so not surprised I wasn't aware of their bad rep. My experience has been great so will continue to buy from them until they provide me with a reason not to.