Exotic Leather Blog

Lizard Skin—The Least Expensive Exotic Skin for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 17, 2017 1:14:20 PM

When making high-fashion men’s shoes, it can be difficult to balance the quality of your end product with your costs. Everyone wants to have the best materials to work with but your budget might not always allow you to get alligator skin for your project.

Finding a top-grade exotic skin for men’s shoes that is also inexpensive can be tough. There are some types of skin that can make exquisite men’s shoes, but are very expensive to obtain. On the other hand, some less expensive skins might not be the best fit for men’s shoes because of their size or other characteristics.

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Topics: lizard skin, footwear

Top 4 Reasons to Use Caiman Skin for Your Men's Leather Shoes

Posted by Jayme Mendal on Apr 10, 2017 11:51:31 AM

Many people who have seen caiman skin probably have mistaken it for other species of crocodile. However, to the trained eye, caiman skin is distinctive from both of those because of its bony plates underneath the scales (also known as ossification). This creates some of the most captivating texturized patterns in the exotic leather industry.

Caiman is actually a crocodilian, a close cousin of the alligator. They are plentiful in Central and South America, but are mostly found in Colombia. They surprisingly only grow to about one meter in length and are found in swampy costal regions.

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Topics: crocodile skin, caiman skin

Why Shell Cordovan Makes for a Perfect Luxury Leather Shoe Material

Posted by Jayme Mendal on Apr 3, 2017 10:12:52 AM

What Exactly is Shell Cordovan?

First of all, this is an equine leather; one that is considered extremely durable and high quality.

All over the world, horses are used in the food industry and in our case, shell cordovan leather is typically taken from horses that died of natural causes. 

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Topics: footwear, shell cordovan leather

Why Purchase Crocodile Flank When Designing Exotic Leather Shoes?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 27, 2017 8:53:34 AM

Crocodile skin is one of the most exquisite leathers for crafting exotic leather shoes. If you want to make a statement with your shoe designs, crocodile flanks will give you stunning textures and scale patterns.

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Topics: crocodile skin, footwear

Using Alligator Belly Skin for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 2, 2017 4:59:59 AM

A little while ago, we did a post about the best exotic skins to use for men’s shoes. One of the top suggestions was alligator skin.

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Topics: alligator skin, footwear

The Best Exotic Skins for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on Feb 25, 2017 5:24:37 AM

When crafting high-fashion footwear, designers face numerous challenges. People want something that’s elegant, unique, and striking. Exotic skins can provide these things—but not all exotic skins are ideal for all footwear projects.

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Topics: lizard skin, alligator skin, caiman skin, footwear, shell cordovan leather

What Are the Toughest Exotic Leathers?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 26, 2017 10:59:16 AM

There are a lot of characteristics that fashion designers need from their exotic leathers beyond just an attractive appearance. One frequently overlooked characteristic of exotic leather is toughness.

Tougher leathers are less likely to scratch, scuff, or tear than less durable ones—which helps products made from these leathers last longer.

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Topics: stingray skin, shell cordovan leather, arapaima skin

What is Arapaima Skin, and What’s It Used for?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 12, 2017 2:58:50 PM

If you’ve never heard of Arapaima skin before, don’t worry, not many people know about this exotic leather. This fish skins is a truly exotic skin choice that many don’t even think about. However, this is one exotic skin that you might want to consider for your next exotic leather project.

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Topics: garments, arapaima skin

The Best Product to Make with Genuine Shell Cordovan Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 9, 2017 11:25:07 AM

Shell cordovan leather can be hard to find and expensive. As such, it’s a good idea to make the best use out of every square inch of the material that you can. The question is, “what are the best products to make using genuine shell cordovan leather?”

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear, belts & accessories, shell cordovan leather

Why You NEED Leather Conditioner for Your Shell Cordovan Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 4, 2017 9:57:53 AM

Shell cordovan leather, sometimes called just “cordovan” leather, is a top-of-the-line equine leather for making shoes, wallets, bags and many small leather accessories. Collected from the fibrous, flat muscle on the rump of a horse, this leather is noteworthy for its smooth grain, durability and resistance to creasing.

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Topics: shell cordovan leather