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post #916 of 919

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 919
Looks decent.
post #918 of 919
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 919

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?

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