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post #916 of 1002

Gentlemen, I came across a cordwainer in Shanghai who makes croc shoes. I know these are not up there with some of the other offerings on this thread, but your opinions are sought nevertheless.

 

First up: Cherry red shoe, cut from a smaller animal.

 

 

Black shoe cut from a bigger animal. More than twice as expensive.

 

 

Side details.

 

 

 

Construction. Supposedly hand welted. I specifically asked whether it was Goodyear welting and the answer was "no".

 

 

Interior detail.

 

 

A test shoe. Turn-around between measure-up and first fitting supposedly one week - fast!

 

 

Prices are attractive. Thoughts?

post #917 of 1002
Looks decent.
post #918 of 1002
cox - construction looks well made. the less expensive red skinned one is caiman and should be avoided. the second is croc - looks like a mid-range quality skin. consider a higher quality skin if you want a shoe made by this artisan. also perhaps consider your own design, as the designs could be slightly enhanced or tailored to your tastes. Looking forward to seeing what you do.
post #919 of 1002

Thanks for the feedback. Excuse my ignorance - why should caiman be avoided? Doesn't wear well? Other issues?

 

I'm sure they would allow me to dictate my own design. And I will probably look through this thread to help me choose a good one.

 

This project is quite a long way off though - I have other, more pressing concerns. BTW the price for the black shoes (or equivalent) is around the US$3K mark. For that money perhaps there are better (i.e. "old world") options?

post #920 of 1002
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

Thanks for the feedback. Excuse my ignorance - why should caiman be avoided? Doesn't wear well? Other issues?
Caiman is less pliable than crocagator and prone to cracking at crease points. It also doesn't take to dye as well as its cousins. Being significantly cheaper at wholesale motivates unscrupulous makers to try and pass it off as crocagator.
post #921 of 1002
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

Thanks for the feedback. Excuse my ignorance - why should caiman be avoided? Doesn't wear well? Other issues?

I'm sure they would allow me to dictate my own design. And I will probably look through this thread to help me choose a good one.

This project is quite a long way off though - I have other, more pressing concerns. BTW the price for the black shoes (or equivalent) is around the US$3K mark. For that money perhaps there are better (i.e. "old world") options?
at 3Gs - you might as well see what vass can make for you - perhaps through Mto through a fine SF vendor like noman.
post #922 of 1002
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

I'm not seeing the tell-tale pore that us usually at the top of the tile on croc. So, I'd have to say alligator. And the quarters are simply flank and/or leg, not caiman.


DWFII, thanks for the info. I got these off of Ebay for a steal. They retail for over $1500 and are RL. I have been buying RL footwear from day one and have never seen them screw up a pair of shoe like these. Resold them on ebay and still made a decent profit
post #923 of 1002
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

at 3Gs - you might as well see what vass can make for you - perhaps through Mto through a fine SF vendor like noman.

I guess unless you have a better idea of the overall quality of the guy, it is a bit pricey for an 'unknown'. My DC Lewis ones were much cheaper (I think smile.gif )
post #924 of 1002
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I guess unless you have a better idea of the overall quality of the guy, it is a very pricey for an 'unknown'. My DC Lewis ones were much cheaper (I think smile.gif )
agree
post #925 of 1002
You edit what I said but you agree? smile.gif
post #926 of 1002
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You edit what I said but you agree? smile.gif
yes
post #927 of 1002
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Originally Posted by chobochobo View Post

I guess unless you have a better idea of the overall quality of the guy, it is a bit pricey for an 'unknown'. My DC Lewis ones were much cheaper (I think smile.gif )

He also gets test fitting shoes and hopefully his own last modification for a true MTM. DC Lewis doesn't do that.

Is it Jack Peng? Just curious.
post #928 of 1002
crockett and jones



EG

post #929 of 1002
nice leo.
post #930 of 1002
Those C&J single monk is very nice.
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