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Established in 1883, Texas-bred Lucchese uses time-honored craftsmanship techniques to build handmade boots of unrivaled quality, fit, comfort and style. In virtually every step of our bootmaking process, we rely on human hands to complete centuries-old tasks to perfection.
All of the crocodile skins used for a specific style must match in color because they cannot be dyed or tanned again once they arrive at the factory. Color cannot be added to crocodile leather because the skin is not porous as ostrich leather, meaning crocodile leather will absorb less and bootmakers must work with what they receive.
During the cutting process, bootmakers work around the scars and other imperfections of the leather. After inspecting the quality of the leather, the production team will then match skins to ensure that boots in a pair look alike.
Lucchese boots become more beautiful over the years as the leather begins to form distinct marks and creases, adding character and history to the boot. To create the look of an heirloom boot, Lucchese engineers developed a “10 year old stonewash” method—a similar process that is used to distress denim. A Lucchese artisan will begin by sanding down the leather and then coat the boots with a dark gloss. The boots will finally be distressed with dry coarse rocks, giving the boots a vintage look.