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Gaziano and Girling

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Nice enough to wear today!!

President Harry Truman's gator spectators

These brown alligator and white suede captoe spectators were made by Nettleton Syracuse, NY where the company produced shoes from 1879 to 1984. The welt is very finely stitched and the heel is fastened with brass nails. Overall, an exquisite pair of spectators.

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Freshly thrifted. Has anyone ever heard of Gold Cup Luxury Shoes?


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Freshly thrifted. Has anyone ever heard of Gold Cup Luxury Shoes?



Prolly made by Nettletons or one of the goodies (RIP) maybe
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Gaziano & Girling (pic from The Shoe Snob)
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Those are nice skins!
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Made by IoUomo - made to measure and bespoke Italian shoes

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Going through this thread, most of the high end shoes are cut from the belly components of the hides. I have seen lower range crocodile shoes in Sydney, where they seem to only use the tails of the crocodiles. A few things I have noticed and wants to ask experts:

- tail tiles are rather regular and thus easy to match
- wider grooves along the horizontal tails, do they help fit as the creases wil follow the grooves or make the leather easier to crack?
- since the tiles are in rows, worn shoes develops humps across each row, which looks like layered armor, people can like or dislike
- from the shoe store, their whole range seems to do made from tail skin; Not one pair from the belly, one pair from the tail as one would expect from 2 hides. I can only assume they source the cheaper tail sections, and the bellies go to the high end makers, is that right?
-is there much difference in quality compare to the belly and tail, other than the patterns?

I have attached 2 stock photos from online


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Going through this thread, most of the high end shoes are cut from the belly components of the hides. I have seen lower range crocodile shoes in Sydney, where they seem to only use the tails of the crocodiles. A few things I have noticed and wants to ask experts:

- tail tiles are rather regular and thus easy to match
- wider grooves along the horizontal tails, do they help fit as the creases wil follow the grooves or make the leather easier to crack?
- since the tiles are in rows, worn shoes develops humps across each row, which looks like layered armor, people can like or dislike
- from the shoe store, their whole range seems to do made from tail skin; Not one pair from the belly, one pair from the tail as one would expect from 2 hides. I can only assume they source the cheaper tail sections, and the bellies go to the high end makers, is that right?
-is there much difference in quality compare to the belly and tail, other than the patterns?

Definitely a difference in quality from belly to tail.

Most of your observations are spot on. The tail evolved to be a tool and a weapon for the alligator. As such it is coarse and thicker than the belly leather. It is armoured. It also tends, except in farm raised animals to be scarred. Because it is coarse it does not flex as easily and tends to crack more readily. The regularity and the expanse of the "interstices" (between the tiles) tends to exacerbate that cracking.

Tail is definitely the offal...as far as most makers are concerned.
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