Do crocodile leather shoes last and age well?

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  1. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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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.
     
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    JayJay Senior member

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    They'll last a long time as long as you condition regularly and store in shoe bags to avoid them collecting dust.
     
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    Croc can tend to dry out so just make sure you condition them with the appropriate products so scales don't flake off.
     
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    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    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.
     
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    mr monty Senior member

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    With proper care, the can last 50 years or more
     
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    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.
     
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    I used crema alpina with excellent results
     
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    goodlensboy Senior member

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    where are the pics
     
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    Where is spoo? I was expecting his answer to be here.
     
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    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
  11. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    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.
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    If you can replicate swamp-like conditions where you store your pair, that should go a long way.
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I was out hunting crocodiles. :)
     
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    This thread needs pics...

    I want to see some beautiful croc patina
     
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