Alligator / Crocodile Shoes

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  1. dshin

    dshin Senior member

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    Now those are nice. and no one could call them "pimp-y".

    I call them pimp-y.
     
  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I call them pimp-y.
    Knowing a little bit about the history of shoes, I am inclined to think your bias is something of a very recent thing, historically speaking, and perhaps informed by images and associations that might be suspect, at best. And perhaps...hopefully...a cultural and temporal anomaly. But that's just my opinion. And you have yours...and you're welcome to it, as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    The black gators circa 1966-1972 (+or - 2yrs). I purchased the loafer version in 1969 for $75 or $79. Keep in mind most high end calf or suede shoes retailed in the range of $30-35. Some brands would have been Nettletons, JM, Bally, Stacy Adams, Florsheim, E.T. Wright, Stetson, Edwin Clapp , Howard Foster, and more.

    Stetson wingtip specs. Not alligator, but a solid shoe.
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    Of all the vintage shoes I have seen or possess the Stetson brand is the best and most spectacular. Fortunately there is a museum with a lot of the old stuff and the factory has been reused.
     
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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Is this Stetson any relation to the hat brand?
     
  5. rs232

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    I think a symmetrical toe goes a long way with tiled leathers. Some of those lasts are curvy and look a bit odd with the straight lines of the scales.

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    Alas, not mine...
     
  6. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Is this Stetson any relation to the hat brand?

    No unless there was some distant relationship from Pilgrim days.

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    The Jason Holbrook Homestead, circa 1763, is home to the Weymouth Historical Society. The Homestead houses our Genealogical Library with Weymouth Records to the 1600's. The Homestead also hosts multiple exhibits including the Shoe Shop, which is original to the Homestead. The Shoe Shop has a collection of shoe making tools ranging from the days of the "Ten Footer" to original machines from the Stetson Shoe Company.

    http://www.weymouthhistoricalsociety.org/


    Stetson Old Masters:

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=34167

    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/900/p3280031p.jpg
     
  7. epa

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    I think a symmetrical toe goes a long way with tiled leathers. Some of those lasts are curvy and look a bit odd with the straight lines of the scales.

    [​IMG]

    Alas, not mine...


    These ones are...beautiful! This is the kind of shoe I would go for if going for alligator/croc.
    Now, thinking about it, going for this kind of leathers, my first choice might actually be a pair of ankle boots. I believe to remember that last years Zegna catalogue included a pair of really beautiful croc or alligator ankle boots. I guess quite overpriced, though, as a lot of Zegna stuff, IMO.
    There is something "special" about ankle boots, something "pimp-y", maybe, that just calls for scales. (Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of ankle boots. )
     
  8. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    These ones are...beautiful! This is the kind of shoe I would go for if going for alligator/croc.
    Now, thinking about it, going for this kind of leathers, my first choice might actually be a pair of ankle boots. I believe to remember that last years Zegna catalogue included a pair of really beautiful croc or alligator ankle boots. I guess quite overpriced, though, as a lot of Zegna stuff, IMO.
    There is something "special" about ankle boots, something "pimp-y", maybe, that just calls for scales. (Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of ankle boots. )


    These shoes are gorgeous! Why do you think they chose not to do the eyestays in skin to complete the shoe? It doesnt really bother me, but just curious on opinions.

    If anyone has info on that pair of black croc ankle boots shown earlier in the thread... Im salivating.
     
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    If anyone has info on that pair of black croc ankle boots shown earlier in the thread... Im salivating.
    mr. monty would know for sure, but I believe I saw them or a pair like them in Saks (Chicago) and that they are Mezlan. I could be mistaken though.
     
  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    No unless there was some distant relationship from Pilgrim days.
    I believe the Stetson Shoe Company dates to 1771.
     
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    I think a symmetrical toe goes a long way with tiled leathers. Some of those lasts are curvy and look a bit odd with the straight lines of the scales.

    [​IMG]

    Alas, not mine...


    I have got them and they're stunning...
     
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    ^^^They look very nice. What brand are they?
     
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    ^^^They look very nice. What brand are they?

    Bespoke Gaziano... Paid quite a bit for them but they're stunning.

    Always get compliments when i wear them , not that often to confess..
     
  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I think a symmetrical toe goes a long way with tiled leathers. Some of those lasts are curvy and look a bit odd with the straight lines of the scales. [​IMG] Alas, not mine...
    I wish I could see a photo of those from the side...
     
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    I wish I could see a photo of those from the side...

    Do you want me to take one? I never post pictures on Style forum by principle (hate people whoring themselves) but i can do one from the side in my bedroom if you want me to..Will be a first.
     

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