Most leather from shoes is the by-product from the cattle meat industry, with calf leather being used for the more expensive shoes. However there are a variety of other leathers used for shoes and here are a few.


Pictured above: Angelo Galasso‘s double monk crocodile shoes in tan with chestnut brown piping will bite a large chunk out of your wallet at £4500. 8–10 Hans Road London. 0207 584 3978.

If that’s too much then Gianmarco Lorenzi specialises in lovingly producing handmade couture women’s shoes, of which Beyonce is a great fan. Luckily for you, he does make a small range of men’s shoes. Here is his crocodile skin loafer.

Price £455, from Gianmarco Lorenzi 40 South Molton Street, London 0207 493 2906.


Or go fake with Herring’s Moc Croc shoes: they are still leather, just not crocodile. You can get them in driving moccasins, or, as viewed here, in the monk style retailing at £225 and coming in black or brown.



One of Zanacco’s key pieces for this Spring/Summer 2011 collection is Paulo, a pair of camel leather tassel loafers at £350.00.

The camel skins are by-products from the Dromedaries in the Middle East/Gulf Region, where they are regularly farmed for their meat or used as working animals. The Bactrian camel, which is an endangered species, is not used.

Zanacco prides itself on being 100% made in Italy, and being the first eco-luxury shoe brand for men. The shoes are all handmade by local craftsmen from Vigevano. This is the home town of Jasmine Zanacco who wants to inject life back into the place which once was known as the shoe capital of Italy. And eco-friendly luxury materials are used such as vegetable-tanned leather, water-based glue and biodegradable oils.


Ostrich leather is recognised by its knobbly appearance, known as ostrich quill, but can also be smooth if taken from the leg.

Edwards of Manchester has a combination of smooth and knobbly on its three-eyelet Gibson style in burgundy. Better start running fast to their Manchester store at 61 Deansgate, as this shoe is now on sale. Was £325 now £250. 01618341339 or try online:

Angelo Galasso’s shining bluish-grey penny loafers are doubly exotic with their crocodile front and ostrich leather sides. The price is also doubly exotic at £3,600.

8–10 Hans Road London. 0207 584 3978.

Or you could snap up a pair of Edwards’ brown ostrich quill Gibsons with a touch of alligator detailing. In the sale from £525 down to £445, available from its Manchester shop or try the website.

Contrary to popular belief, ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand; they just bend their heads and neck to the ground so their body looks like a bush when danger is around. And you’ll also want to bend your neck, not for danger but just to admire your Oliver Sweeney’s spectator shoe of ivory ostrich leather and tan calf leather.


Usually iguanas are hard to spot as their colouring blends in with their surroundings, but not with these Oliver Sweeney spectator shoes. You definitely will be noticed with their combo of pink iguana skin and brown calf leather.


Edwards of Manchester’s black monk shoe sparkles in stingray. And you won’t be stung with the price: was £425, sale price £325. Also comes in the three-eyelet Gibson style. Available via

Or the Manchester shop: 61 Deansgate M3 2BW

Prices correct at time of print (3/3/11)


Karen Grace is a Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for and fashion writer for

She studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

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