Shoe leather - exotic and others

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  1. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm curious, what animals are possible (and used in the industry - both RTW and bespoke) for making shoes from? So far, this is what I can think of:

    - Cow, both calf and full-grown cow
    - Horse, as in Cordovan
    - Crocodile/Alligator
    - Lizard, including Iguana
    - Snake
    - Kangaroo
    - Elephant
    - Reindeer Calf, salvaged from an 1800's shipwreck?
    - Eel
    - Shark
    - Antelope

    What are some others?
     
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    VMan Senior member

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    Here's a pic I found: [​IMG] I almost purchased an eelskin wallet a year or so ago. Â The leather was very thin and light, yet I have heard that it is very strong. Â Certainly a lot more interesting than a standard calfskin wallet. Â I've also seen some very cool stingray skin wallets. Â The leather has a nice pebbled texture, and the nicer wallets position the 'stinger' (which is a light-colored diamond shape) in the center-front of the wallet. Â [​IMG] I'll also add to leather for shoes and boots: - Stingray
     
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    - Ostrich
    - Mink I believe
    - Bullfrog
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Various furs such as sable
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    I once saw a tv show about bootmakers in San Antonio. There's some master bootmaker down ther who said: "If the bootmaker can catch it, he can make a boot out of it."
     

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