Exotic Leather Blog

Why is Python Skin Great for Custom Sneakers?

Posted by Abram Mendal on May 31, 2017 2:25:25 PM

High-end clients have high-end requirements. To satisfy the sneaker needs of pickier clientele, your product has to be unquestionably top-notch. First off, you have to look for an exclusive material without overriding the desired properties of good footwear. The product also has to have a reasonable balance between uniqueness, flexibility, and durability.

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Topics: python skin, footwear

Can You Use Caiman Skin on Your Next Pair of Sneakers?

Posted by Abram Mendal on May 22, 2017 11:09:25 AM

Caiman crocodiles, sometimes referred to as Colombian crocodiles are smaller than the alligator and the Nile crocodile. They are widespread in Central and South America where farmers rear them for skins and meat.

A person new to exotic hides can easily confuse caiman leather for Nile crocodile or American alligator skin. The main standout feature that sets caiman leather apart from the rest is that it is the boniest. Its rigidity is as a result of the accumulation of high amounts of calcium.

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Topics: caiman skin, footwear

The Top Factors to Consider When Making Exotic Skin Men's Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on May 1, 2017 4:16:12 AM

The shoes make the man. Nothing says style and class better than exotic skins. However, not all exotic skins are suitable for making men's shoes.

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Topics: alligator skin, footwear

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

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

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

What Grade of Exotic Leather Do I Need for My Project?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 28, 2016 9:31:41 AM

Here’s a question we get a lot on calls with designers getting ready to make an exotic leather product: “Do I really need a grade I skin for my project, or can I use a different skin?”

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear, garments, belts & accessories