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Alligator / Crocodile Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. bourbonbasted

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    Not sure I would agree with that at all. In fact, privileged WASPs pride themselves on ostentatious, tongue-in-cheek displays (see below).

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    I have only one pair of alligator shoes that I wear sparingly in spring/summer. However, as a younger guy, I'd never wear them to a work-related function or any situation in which ostentation is less-than-acceptable (i.e. anywhere I need to stay sober).
     
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  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I think alligator and crocodile get a bad rap here on SF and really for no reason. In loud or garish colours, croc is just as loud and garish as calf in loud or garish colours. But fundamentally it's a fine leather--no hair cell, wears like iron, shines beautifully, and supple. And in contrast to other "textured leathers it has the advantage of being real.

    I've made alligator shoes for a very conservative architect in Los Angeles, a rancher and veterinarian who raises natural beef in Central Oregon (wore them to Scotland for a wedding and into Lobbs, St James where they were praised) and numerous alligator boots for all sorts of people in all walks of life. That certainly isn't a large number of people compared to all the men you've met in your life, but in the context of all the other choices a customer has with a bespoke maker, it's significant.
     
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  3. Tried and True

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    If you want to track down crocagator shoes in the wild all you have to do is follow the money.
     
  4. Griffyndor

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    In New York City I have literally never seen them being worn in any context. I love them and constantly consider buying a pair, but I just don't know when I would use them. I think at some point I will probably do it but it will be a shoe that I wear with jeans on a weekend.
     
  5. DWFII

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    Probably no reason for the extremely high prices being charged by makers...alligator is raised on farms and it is no harder to work with than calf or shell.

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    Thanks for chiming in, all. I've settled on a pair of nice brown and plain croc oxfords I first saw on Apparel Arts scans of yore, worn in spring or summer with plain fabrics. Croc has enough pop as is, and broguing or busy trousers will only lead to an eyesore. Too many Italian makers add frills to croc or gator, when the leather should be all.
     
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  7. DWFII

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    I don't know about Italian makers but that's probably a good philosophy to begin with. If you begin with good quality leather, it can "speak" for itself.
     
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    photos?
     
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    "Subtlety" ain't the maker's middle name! If it's not Berluti, it must be Lattanzi. :)
     
  14. meister

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    First day at school since manufacture in the 1940s! Comfortable straight away and more comfortable after a days walking. Thanks to vintage shoe specialist isshinryu101 for securing these gems. My cobbler Nick Pascuzzo fitted some new thin Topys soles and heels to them so they will never need a damaging resole.

    1940s Stetson Saratogas gator spades.

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  15. Tried and True

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    A blast from the past! Those are some beauties. Good luck keeping that welt stitching clean. ;)
     
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    Holy smoke...:uhoh:
     
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    crocs from Saint c

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