There are numerous materials that can be used in making incredible
boots, and one of the most sought-after material is Caiman skin. Caiman skin is
known as an Exotic Leather that requires
attention and care in order for it to last longer and in order for it to keep
its shine and quality.
Caiman boots are made out of the skin of Caiman crocodiles and
they fall under the category of crocodilian leathers together with Nile crocodile
skin and American alligator skin. Even though they fall in the same category,
Caiman skin is different from the rest of the exotic leathers. For starters,
Caiman skin is more structured than that of an alligator skin because of the
skinniness of Caiman crocodiles. They are also shorter, only measuring about 3
to 4 feet while the rest of the exotic leathers coming from crocodiles can
measure up to 15 feet.
Also, the quality of Caiman skin is less than alligator skin, but
that does not mean it does not look great when used as boots or other
accessories, it just means that there is a certain care that needs to be done
in order to retain its quality.
These are the unique characteristics of Caiman skin and here are
some tips on how design and make your own Caiman boots.
the material that you are going to use
Before you start designing and making your own boots, you need to
choose the material that works best for you. Here are some things that you need
to consider when choosing the material that you are going to use:
Durability–Footwear needs to be durable because you are going to use it
everyday plus the material that you are planning to use must be able to
withstand the weather changes and the different conditions of the environment.
There are instances that you would need to do a long walk, or you would need to
run or jog and that those activities could put pressure on your boots. If you
ensure the durability of the material that you are going to use, you won’t have
to worry about it tearing off anytime.
Color – Color sets the tone of your overall outfit, and choosing the
right color for your boots is the most crucial part. The thing with caiman skin
is that it is a bit difficult to dye, which is why you have to think of the
best color for you before you start coloring it as to not wear the skin off
before you even get to use it because of excessive dying. Darker colors or the
neutral ones are the best to color your caiman skin with as it goes with any
Western outfit, once you get the stage of dying your boots then you are good to
Flexibility – As mentioned, you will never know what you will be doing once
you wear your Caiman boots, which is why you need to make sure that the
material is flexible enough to withstand the daily walks and the other
activities that you do.
Budget – One of the reasons why caiman skin is one of the most
sought-after exotic leathers is because it is The Most Budget Friendly Material out of
all of them. If you are thinking of designing and making your own leather boots
and if it is your first time doing so, then caiman skin is the best one for
where to purchase your material
There are three sources that you can go to if you want to purchase
caiman skin for your very own caiman boots, there are tanneries, distributors
and manufacturers. Tanneries are best for those who are thinking of buying the
caiman skin in bulk, but if you are into retail instead of wholesale then you
can go to any distributer near you. You have to keep in mind though that the
retail price is slightly higher than the wholesale price as profits for the
distributors are added. This is the reason why those who are thinking of making
caiman boots as a living get the skin in a wholesale price. Another way is to
get it straight from the manufacturer, the prices are a lot budget friendly,
but the downside is not everyone has a manufacturer near then, thus settling for
distributers and tanneries.
need to know how to work the skin
Because Caiman skin is bonier, there is a can wear and tear during
the designing and the production, which is why you have to remember to use a
dremel in order to make the sewing line thinner and to let the sewing needle
pass through easily. Doing so prevents the needle from passing through calcium
deposits that are thick and may break the needle or tear the skin.
Another thing that you need to remember is applying chemical
agents that could protect the quality of the Caiman skin. This is usually done
after the boots are made in order to prevent dust, dirt and other particles
from accumulating. It also makes it easier for you to clean your boots and it
prevents the skin from wearing off easily.
Caiman skin is inflexible in a way that it instantly shows marks,
stretches and lines once you start using it. It also shows the folds and it
does not go back to its original form once it is used and people now see it as
a part of the design of Caiman boots. But if you are uncomfortable with all the
lines, marks and stretches then there is a solution that you can do in order to
minimize its appearance. There are crocodile leather conditioners that you can
purchase and apply on your boots that can help protect it from wearing off,
having too much lines and folds and from it getting damaged permanently. The
crocodile leather conditioner can also add shine and luster on your boots and
it stops dust and dirt from accumulating.
Written by Sian Webster
Sian Webster is the caiman boots blog’s
editor. Sian Webster is a student by day and a writer by night. She is
currently taking up Business Administration and is set to start and operate her
own business. A food lover, a travel blogger and is desperate to find love but
is oozing with awkwardness. A fan of movies and numerous tv shows such as Black
Mirror, The Walking Dead and The 100. Sian loves to read and she takes writing