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Do crocodile leather shoes last and age well?

post #1 of 24
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I just bought my first pair of truly high-grade crocs and I'm wondering how they'll hold up. I know shell cordovan and calf last long and age well, but how about crocodile pairs? All hints regarding care and special products are also welcome.
post #2 of 24
They'll last a long time as long as you condition regularly and store in shoe bags to avoid them collecting dust.
post #3 of 24
Croc can tend to dry out so just make sure you condition them with the appropriate products so scales don't flake off.
post #4 of 24
I have a pair of American alligator penny loafers that I have had for two years now and despite regular wear they look great. I store with trees in bags and brush them with a horsehair brush before and after wearing. I wipe them down with a damp rag and apply Reno every tenth wearing or so.
post #5 of 24
With proper care, the can last 50 years or more
post #6 of 24
I agree with above suggestions. Personally, I apply leather conditioner once per 2 months even if they sit on the shelf. A little love is all they need and definitely keep dust off them. I have a pair of croco balmoral cap toes approaching their 10th birthday and they are doing just fine.
post #7 of 24
I used crema alpina with excellent results
post #8 of 24
where are the pics
post #9 of 24
Where is spoo? I was expecting his answer to be here.
post #10 of 24
As mentioned above exotics are dry skins by nature. If they are not regularly moisturized the skin will crack within a short period of time. However if you treat them regularly with a conditioner they will last for decades.
Saphir Reno. is a great product in this case.
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for these quick answers!

A sidenote: I've been recommended Bick 4 as the care product for all exotics. I'll test this and report once done.
post #12 of 24
If you can replicate swamp-like conditions where you store your pair, that should go a long way.
post #13 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by yywwyy View Post

Where is spoo? I was expecting his answer to be here.

I was out hunting crocodiles. smile.gif
post #14 of 24
This thread needs pics...

I want to see some beautiful croc patina
post #15 of 24
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