Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Care to extrapolate? I thought it was pretty spot on.
Alligators and crocodiles seem come in two variations...because they are bilaterally symmetrical, the belly tiles are usually arranged on either side of a clear "dividing" line that runs down the center of the belly. Sometimes that line will run unbroken from the throat to the anal vent. The left shoe is an example and has that line all the way to the toe.
Other times the line will split and you'll get an extra tile or two right where the line would ordinarily be. The right shoe is one of those.
Neither variation is superior to the other in terms of quality or even aesthetics. But they are different.
There are several ways to cut alligator. You can even cut it on "on the bias" such that square tiles (from prime leather) display on the lateral side of the shoe while small round tiles display on the medial side. No harm, no foul. We still need to match skins but we can be a little more casual.
But when the skin is cut to display the tiles running straight across the vamp then matching the skins becomes paramount. Simply because that dividing line becomes a "visual reference" that the eye is immediately drawn to.
When a maker orders from a dealer he needs to specify matched skins...and one of the criteria that must be given weight is the the way in which the tiles are laid out.
Crocodile or alligator skins come from living animals and each skin is unique so a perfect match is not possible but matching skins means paying attention to tile size, tile shape and tile location. All these criteria are important.
Two out of three isn't a match, IMO
What's more, the dividing line on the left shoe is centered; on the right it runs off to the lateral side.
If it's a match it's a careless match.