What are these shoes made of?

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  1. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    Apologies if this has already been discussed (just point me to the thread please), I haven't seen anything here.

    This auction says...shark? elephant?

    Or is it calf and the listing is a typical scam?

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    Also, they seem to look kind of...wrinkly and ruined, as if they were stored at the bottom of a river for a while. Is it just the photography, or the fact that there's no feet in the shoes when the pictures were shot? If this is a rare and desirable hide, what are the merits of something that looks like that?
     
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    Shark skin. No doubt about it. That price is ridiculous.
     
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    shark, they're supposed to look like that. Here are mine and for a price comparison, I bought these unworn for $100 on ebay

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    Love the avatar & agree with its statement!

    Why do you like shark/what do you wear them with, typically?
     
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    Thanks about the avatar... I'm a vintage exotics addict (as you can tell). I've got 2 pairs of shark shoes. Very tough hide & wetness doesn't bother them at all. I added topies, and they make a great casual crappy weather shoe.
     
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    jeans & flannel/ heavy wool pants are good, i think.
     
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    I was talking about David Stern, hahahaha but yours is all right, too. Thanks for the knowledge.
     
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    I wear mine with everything. With a suit they add a nice subtle touch of flare. Since they are black most people don't even notice they're exotic. With jeans they're cool too. And yes, weather can't fuck with shark.
     
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    nice looking texture.
     
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    plastic croc... ie fake. Although from this angle, they could also be plastic bullfrog.
     
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    shows how much brand names meant in the 1970s.

    And an object lesson for hair-trigger eBay bidders like me, a reminder to do my homework before clicking (no I didn't bid on these, even if it was a real exotic, those are seriously ugly).
     
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    the 70's was the real introduction of a major influx of faux exotics in the US market. Up thru the 1960's, the US was the supplier of top quality Gator skins for shoes made around the world.
     
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    I can't help draw a parallel now to the "high fashion fake fur" revolution spawned by card-carrying PETA celebrity members who propagate "fashion."

    THere's a lot of scary-looking junk out there. I'm not a diehard fur advocate, but damn, there's some really plasticky crap passing for fur. Why bother?

    Oh. Did I mention? My grandfather raised a family of 4 kids during the Depression running a fox farm? I have no idea how they made it, but they did. Here's a 1930s pic of him in the local paper.

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    good story. The U.S. has always been fascinated with "alternative materials". Sometimes to save money (and pass off as the "real thing"), but ALSO as a "high-end" selling point. In the 1940's, some shoemakers favored top quality faux gator & croc in order to have matching skin patterns on both shoes. In the 1960's DuPont's Corfam was used as a leather alternative... and cost MUCH more money than genuine leather (and was waterproof to boot). Of course it looked like plastic, so the venture eventually failed.
     

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