ID Sea Turtle leather shoes

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  1. con detail

    con detail Member

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    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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    JayJay Senior member

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    Looks like real croc to me.
    Looks like croc to me, too.
     
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    pvrhye Senior member

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    send a pm to isshinryu

    He's the exotic shoe leather fetishist around here.
     
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    ddonicht Senior member

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    Those are really great looking. What size are they?

    Steve
     
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    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    those are croc (if real leather, based on the vintage, I am assuming they are). not gator. certainly not sea turtle.
     
  7. Onlyoneoklahoma

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    I would weep if they were sea turtle. Looks like Croc to me.
     
  8. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    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: [​IMG]
     
  9. con detail

    con detail Member

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    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.
     
  10. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I believe the quick and dirty way to ID turtle is by the number of sides to the scales - 5.

    lefty
     
  11. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    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.
     
  12. Chippace

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    Sorry for late response. Those are definitely sea turtle. Croc scales never look like that. They always have more symmetr.
     

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