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post #31 of 58
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post
Ebay find I am sure.

Best $20 you've ever spent.

Haha. I bet thats the case.

They are so sweet too. No crease or wear in them and really lovely matching of leather.

Bet more than 1 turtle was sacrificed to make this and the shoe maker had to carefully match the scale patterns from various turtles to get it right.
post #32 of 58
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Originally Posted by isshinryu101 View Post
Vintage SEA TURTLE V-Cleat Wingtip Gunboats.

360 degree welt, double thick sole, and natural color. They are slightly greenish black and there is a "marble-like" textured look. Holy Crap!


Really looks more olive green brown than green black.
post #33 of 58
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Originally Posted by Jangofett View Post
Really looks more olive green brown than green black.
Makes them look even better, IMO.
post #34 of 58
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Originally Posted by cioni2k View Post
Wow. Where did you find these? Thrifting?

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Originally Posted by TRA8324 View Post
where did you find them? just some random thrift shop?

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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post
Ebay find I am sure. Best $20 you've ever spent.


Uh, not exactly...

post #35 of 58
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Also, these are dried out. Moisturize.
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Very cool! Are they brittle? I'd be affraid to wear them if they were, I'd hate to destroy such amazing beauties.
Good question. Actually, I made some contacts in order to find out how to best moisturize them. I was told to use Almond Oil. Since it is very light oil & easily penetrates, it was suggested that I would get the best results using it. I used 3 coats, and they are very flexible now. There is no real evidence of dryness now. I also inquired about the brown lines between the scales. At first I thought they were evidence of extreme dryness, and was afraid the skin would tear. I was told that sea turtle skin is really very tough, as compared to vintage croc & lizard. The sea turtle lives in the ocean and dives to much deeper depths than the croc or gator. Therefore, their skin is much tougher and water-proof. Also, in gator & croc, you will see more bits of skin between the actual scales. That is because, 1) again, those animals' skin is evolved to handle much less waater pressure than the croc. & 2) the gator & croc need the extra skin between protective scales for flexibility, whereas the turtle needs very little flexibility on belly skin. I was told that these shoes are "natural" and un-dyed. Most exotics (including the other sea turtle shoes I have seen) have been dyed, so the skin between the scales is the same color as the scales themselves. Problem is that there is a complexity in color (a marbling effect) that the scales have naturally that is lost thru dying. The brown skin between the scales is the normal color of the un-dyed skin after 50+ years. Interesting stuff, I think.
post #36 of 58
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Originally Posted by isshinryu101 View Post
Uh, not exactly...

Your elusiveness on this question leads me to believe these are not vintage, but newly commissioned. Probably somewhere really shady, like North Korea - but I'm not sure they have capable cobblers.
post #37 of 58
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Your elusiveness on this question leads me to believe these are not vintage, but newly commissioned.

+1

Please PM name of rogue dictatorship where you bought these so my secretary can book travel - me want some
post #38 of 58
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Your elusiveness on this question leads me to believe these are not vintage, but newly commissioned. Probably somewhere really shady, like North Korea - but I'm not sure they have capable cobblers.
All I can say for certain is that they are pre-1979 (more like 1950's according to sources), which would put their construction BEFORE the sea turtle was placed on the endangered species list. I just figured I'd have some fun and share them with the SF community, as I can almost guarantee that it will be a LOOOOONG time until another pair shows up here.
post #39 of 58
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Your elusiveness on this question leads me to believe these are not vintage, but newly commissioned. Probably somewhere really shady, like North Korea - but I'm not sure they have capable cobblers.

There's wear on the inside of the counters. Nice try.
post #40 of 58
I thought the North Korea reference was enough to indicate my sarcasm... Exotic footwear (cowboy boots) are a bad habit of mine, if anything I'm green with envy This is just my baseball game pair: http://i316.photobucket.com/albums/m...g?t=1302272368
post #41 of 58
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Makes them look even better, IMO.

Absolutely. Makes me want to wear all my croc shoes and start ebaying for all croc look alike turtle shoes.
post #42 of 58
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I thought the North Korea reference was enough to indicate my sarcasm...

Exotic footwear (cowboy boots) are a bad habit of mine, if anything I'm green with envy

My apologies, friend. I got a couple of PM's with a bit of an accusatory tone, and I want to make sure it is understood that I would NOT have bought these if I believed they were made in violation of the endangered species act (post 1979).

That + there's a new baby in my house (our 3rd), and I'm working on around 4 hours sleep a night.

Cheers to you as well!!!
post #43 of 58
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Originally Posted by garymyman View Post
Your elusiveness on this question leads me to believe these are not vintage, but newly commissioned. Probably somewhere really shady, like North Korea - but I'm not sure they have capable cobblers.

His response in #35 indicates its not an ebay gem but probably an old pair of shoes from a shoemaker.

Damn sweet deal. I honestly don't mind if some unethical shoe maker is willing to kill a few turtles now to make me a pair of shoes like that - brand new.
post #44 of 58
It's still early in the morning. Nice boots. Is that Arlington?
post #45 of 58
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This is just my baseball game pair:

http://i316.photobucket.com/albums/m...g?t=1302272368

Love them, friend! My uncle LOVES cowboy boots, and owns around 20 pairs of lucchese's. ALL exotics, like yours. VERY tough looking. Since I can't rock the cowboy boot, I was inspired to find some shoes in a similar style...

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