What Materials Are Used In Boot Making?

What materials are used in boot making? Lucchese boot makers use a variety of skins to make their boots. Everything on the boot is made from leather. As far as the outside of the boot, everything that we...

As far as the outside of the boot, everything that we do is all leather. Even our heels are all stacked leather. As far as the outside of the boot, typically that's what people are most concerned with. We use goat, calf, kangaroo, lizard, snake (and that could be rattle snake or python), alligator, crocodile, caiman, ostrich, shark, and stingray. We also use what is called "hair on calf," (which is what the cow rugs are made of), buffalo, and cow shoulder. The main reason that we make it available in so many different leathers is obviously personal desire. For example elephant feels completely different than a calf boot. Calf is pretty supple and it's very, very soft and elephant is just really, really rough. It has a really unique look to it. But it definitely feels different when you are in the boot; and obviously it looks different, too. So they definitely feel different and they wear differently, too. We have stronger leathers like stingray and it is different than an ostrich boot.

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