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post #286 of 1112
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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon View Post

I looked up the word "Awesome" in a dictionary and was directed here.

Amazing photos. Those Croc wholecuts are out of this world.

what a lame ass chat up line that is - reminds me of the pick up lines Will Smith use in the" fresh prince of bel air"
post #287 of 1112
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post

what a lame ass chat up line that is - reminds me of the pick up lines Will Smith use in the" fresh prince of bel air"

i still enjoy the classics, however. Dated a girl who said, "Is that a banana in your pants, or you just glad to..."
post #288 of 1112

stingray fashion. seriously? in a few years they'll be added to the endangered species list.

post #289 of 1112
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post

i guess that they will be made in piggie??

no, it is a 'country grain'
like this:

copiadibootr004.jpg


the pigskin will be
an apron front 3 eyelet derby
post #290 of 1112
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Originally Posted by cassidy96 View Post

stingray fashion. seriously? in a few years they'll be added to the endangered species list.


There is a killjoy (so to speak) in every village.
post #291 of 1112
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Originally Posted by cassidy96 View Post

stingray fashion. seriously? in a few years they'll be added to the endangered species list.


I doubt it. They'll never be even occasionally common in RTW shoes--stingray is just too dern hard to handle...cut, sew, make..factories could never justify the ruined knives, the broken needles the lost time. Even bespoke makers are limiting it to whole cuts where the cutting and piecing and so forth is at an absolute minimum.
post #292 of 1112
Stingray is a food fish in much of SE Asia. I'm not sure when they began to realize in SE Asia that there was a market for the prepared skins (Shagreen). But Shagreen has been around for quite a long time now. The main thing that previously made it completely unaffordable was the very labor intensive (and thus high cost) of preparing the skins. And the high cost of then fabricating them.

Now that the basic preparation of the skins is being done in SE Asia the cost of the raw product has dropped substantially. And you will find web sites selling 'sting ray' products for prices that were previously so low they were previously impossible to achieve. (Wallets, belts, etc. etc.) These items are also manufactured in SE Asia where the labor are costs are low.

But, as DWFII said - the material is very hard to work with and there will always be a premium associated with it - especially for complicated items such as shoes.

There are some makers who are making items such as decorative boxes, furniture inlays, etc. etc. with some commercial success. As in these cases the skin is simply adhered to a subsurface and no sewing is required. Again making the fabrication costs bearable.

In any case - the real demand for removing the stingray from the water at the moment is FOOD. The skins are of secondary importance.
post #293 of 1112
After going through this entire thread, I need to check in at the ER with a horrific case of smallballeritis. Tell my family I love them.
post #294 of 1112
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Originally Posted by IrateCustomer View Post

After going through this entire thread, I need to check in at the ER with a horrific case of smallballeritis. Tell my family I love them.

will you survive?
post #295 of 1112
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post

i guess that they will be made in piggie??

here is the pigskin:

pp1f.jpg

pp2e.jpg


but it will only be
completed in december
='(



for the current pair
i decided against a medallion
since the leather was 'busy' enough
needing no elaboration:

jfos1a.jpg


fosj3.jpg

fosj1.jpg

fosj2.jpg
post #296 of 1112
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Originally Posted by T4phage View Post

here is the pigskin:
pp1f.jpg
pp2e.jpg
but it will only be
completed in december
='(
for the current pair
i decided against a medallion
since the leather was 'busy' enough
needing no elaboration:
jfos1a.jpg
fosj3.jpg
fosj1.jpg
fosj2.jpg

love the innovation.
post #297 of 1112
And I thought I was over my shoe lust. Please keep the pictures coming. This is thabestthreadevah!
post #298 of 1112
Good god. Amazing thread.
post #299 of 1112
Thanks for posting all these pics. T4. Gorgeous.
post #300 of 1112
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

Thanks for posting all these pics. T4. Gorgeous.

+1
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