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What is peccary?

A peccary is an ugly-ass wild pig found everywhere from Mexico to Argentina. Peccary leather is among the best for making shoes and gloves: It’s soft, flexible, durable and good looking, with a pebble texture.

The textured leather of these cap-toe derby shoes is peccary. Soft and flexible, peccary shoes are comfortable from the first wearing. Plus, they have great visual appeal. (Boar shoes are never boring.)

The textured leather of these cap-toe derby shoes is peccary. Soft and flexible, peccary shoes are comfortable from the first wearing. Plus, they have great visual appeal. (Boar shoes are never boring.)


Can I wear suede shoes in summer?

Absolutely. Suede shoes may have an autumnal vibe, but they work well in any season, regardless of climate. Some young bucks like to wear white bucks during the summer, and white bucks are made of…suede. Dessert boots? Uh-huh. Blue suede shoes? Today’s updated styles are killer year-round.

Blue suede shoes have come a long way. This pair of double-monks, for example, is totally magnetic. Wear them with a blue suit, blue jeans or colored five-pocket pants, and get ready for compliments.

Blue suede shoes have come a long way. This pair of double-monks, for example, is totally magnetic. Wear them with a blue suit, blue jeans or colored five-pocket pants, and get ready for compliments.


What is shell cordovan?

It’s a type of leather made from the flat muscle (the “shell”) beneath the hide on a horse’s rump. Yes, cordovan, named after Cordoba, Spain, is tanned from muscle, not hide. This leather is superbly durable and has fantastic aesthetic qualities. Notably, cordovan doesn’t crease, but instead wears in smooth “waves.”

These full-strap loafers are made from shell cordovan, which has a signature sheen, doesn’t crease and is extremely durable.

These full-strap loafers are made from shell cordovan, which has a signature sheen, doesn’t crease and is extremely durable.


Hornback alligator: what and why?

Alligator skin comes from either the belly or the back of the beast. Belly skin is relatively smooth and is used to make formal belts, wallets, etc. Hornback refers to the horn-like scales that run down the center of the alligator’s back and tail. Used for belts, hornback gives a rugged, exotic look. It’s a fine example of “rough luxury.”

Hornback alligator varies a lot in texture. With its double rows of protruding scales, this belt is especially horny.

Hornback alligator varies a lot in texture. With its double rows of protruding scales, this belt is especially horny.


What’s a “wholecut” shoe?

Wholecut is an oxford shoe in which the upper is made from a single piece of leather. With the resulting absence of seams, the look of the shoe is sleek, minimal and elegant. The wholecut shoe is highly versatile: You can wear it as a formal evening shoe, and it also looks modern and elegant with a dark pair of jeans.

This elegant pair of wholecut oxfords is adorned only by a light perforated design on the toe.

This elegant pair of wholecut oxfords is adorned only by a light perforated design on the toe.

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