Originally Posted by Xenos
Your sea turtle Tony Lama boots look similar to these Tony Lama alligator boots. Just curious, how do you know for sure what skin you have?
those big square scales on your picture(the vamp part) tell me they are alligator.
on Sea Turtle....medium-roundish scales tapering rapidly to those small and smaller scales on each side of vamp= Sea Turtle. They only can use(well, not now, but back before the ban) the front belly(medium round scales) and the scales leading to the flippers(small and smaller scales).
Now if you have a really vintage Alligator skin, on a high-end boot, then they used the REALLY BIG skins that can only come from NON-farm-raised alligator. see this picture, also mine, from Lucchese back 25-30 years when they were made in San Antonio.
nowdays they have to use two farm-raised skins to match the vamps, and the scaling is very uniform and smallish because ya gotta live long and prosper in the wild to get big enough to produce the big roundish scales.