We are excited to be announcing such an important milestone for Dapper Lane! We’ve teamed up with one of the best skin processors in Europe to offer genuine exotic skins in our Made-to-Order program, including Alligator, Python and Ostrich skins.
That’s right! Genuine leather skins, painted by hand at our factory, matching our painted calf base colors.
As you know, exotic leather is EXPENSIVE! We’ve developed a new dynamic pricing widget that shows the MTO Price of the specific style being displayed on-screen. The system takes into account how many shoe pieces are using exotic leather, and how much skin will be needed for production.
“Alligator mississippiensis” skin renders a very attractive and fashionable leather. The leather is strong, supple, durable and very expensive. A bony layer within the skin adds a protective shield, while a dimple on each scale makes a very exotic look.
Hailing from the Southeast USA and frequently harvested from farm-bred gators as well as from wild animals, American alligator skin is a classic, durable and versatile leather. The American alligator’s hide is the soft and more pliable material. This is because the skin of this reptile is less bony than the skin of crocodiles. This softness makes the alligator’s skin easier to work with than the skin of other reptiles, making it easier to work with for cutting, stitching and folding.
Ostrich leather is one of the finest and most durable leathers. It’s a luxurious leather well know for its softness, flexibility and durability. In spite of its softness, Ostrich leather is unsurpassed for its tactile strength. It is, in fact, one of the strongest leathers available. Naturally occurring oils in the leather contribute to its durability, preventing cracking, even under extreme temperatures and sun exposure.
The main distinguishing feature of ostrich leather is the quill or feather socket markings. The “full quill” area of the leather is the most sought after and therefore the most expensive type of ostrich leather. The quill pattern is the result of large follicles which each contained a feather.
Snakeskins are very desirable for shoes because of the unique grain, scales, and color patterns. Snakes are skinned in two ways, cut down the belly scales leaving the small scales in the center, “belly” or “front” cut python, and cut down the back leaving the wide belly scale in the center, called “back” cut python. We use the “front” cut python.
The scales were the snakes protection from the elements and are essentially like a callous, dead skin. The size of the scale will vary depending upon the area of the skin cut. The scales have a “lip” open toward the tail will grab and aid the snake in crawling. This lip is your assurance that the snake is genuine.
We source Exotic Skins from a processor that use sound animal husbandry and humane animal treatment / slaughtering practices whether farmed, domesticated, or wild (managed). Also, leather suppliers must screen tanning processes against the LWG Protocol to ensure adherence to best environmental practices (https://leatherworkinggroup.com).
Please, bear in mind that each individual skin is unique and genuine. Images and 3D textures are shown for illustration purpose only. Our artisans will hand paint and hand cut each shoe piece as per your request. Also, our hand cutting artisans will arrange the cutting patterns on the leather based on their own experience and craftsmanship. Please, understand that due to the above, there might be differences in scale pattern, size and tone between two different cuts.
Exotic skins are available on Goodyear Welted shoes only.