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ID Sea Turtle leather shoes

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I few months ago I stumbled upon some old Footjoy oxford shoes (not golf shoes) that were black suede and what I assumed was alligator or fake alligator skin. I was going to sell them on ebay but was concerned as I had no real clue if the leather was actually alligator. So I took them to my local cobbler and he told me they were sea turtle. He sounded confident but I figured it would not hurt to see if anyone on the board could confirm or contest this via photos as I still have my doubts.

The shoe also have say "USA PAT. 1977" and "Rex" on the insoles that you cannot see in the photos.

I will post a few photos. More photos can be found here.


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post #2 of 12
Looks like real croc to me.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post
Looks like real croc to me.
Looks like croc to me, too.
post #4 of 12
send a pm to isshinryu He's the exotic shoe leather fetishist around here.
post #5 of 12
Those are really great looking. What size are they? Steve
post #6 of 12
those are croc (if real leather, based on the vintage, I am assuming they are). not gator. certainly not sea turtle.
post #7 of 12
I would weep if they were sea turtle. Looks like Croc to me.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Onlyoneoklahoma View Post
I would weep if they were sea turtle. Looks like Croc to me.
Best to do something with the skin after you eat the meat. EDIT: Here's a pic of ishhinryu's sea turtle shoes:
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Crocodile it is.



Even if they did fit me, the style is not for me so I am going to try to sell them and use the proceeds towards something a bit more my speed. I will put them on ebay and the B&S forum soon. I really have no idea what to even ask for them so I have to figure that first.

They are 10 B, btw.
post #10 of 12
I believe the quick and dirty way to ID turtle is by the number of sides to the scales - 5. lefty
post #11 of 12
Great shoes. Actually they're Alligator, I believe. Vintage Foot Joy used fantastic skins. As for the big boys (croc & gator) I've seen, all have been domestic American Alligator (as are these). In the old day, most US exotic footwear makers bought their skins domestically. Even better than croc, I think. Good luck selling, friend.
post #12 of 12
Those are definitely sea turtle.
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