Shark leather boots can be of two types: Smooth or with denticles.
A shark has microscopic scales called denticles made of hard dentin.
Basically these are tiny teeth that point all in one direction.
Sharkskin with the denticles removed leaves smooth leather. An easy
way to identify the difference is to pull a stocking back and forth
across the boot. Sharkskin with denticles will cause a slight tug
on the stocking.
Shark is very tough, durable and lighter in weight than cow leather.
It can be tanned in a variety of rich colors. While sharkskin is
water resistant it is not waterproof and excess moisture will dry
out the leather very quickly.
Aftercare is similar to that of cow leather boots. Using a soft
barely damp cotton cloth, wipe topical dirt and dust. Pay special
attention to alcohol spills on the boot as this will dry out the
leather quickly and could destroy the finish.
General cleaning of sharkskin boots can be done with saddle soap
but be sure to remove the soap residue before it dries.
Although a reptile conditioner can be used a quality cow leather
conditioner works just as well. The key is to condition often, as
sharkskin needs the extra oils and conditioners to maintain softness
and flexibility. Apply extra conditioner around the edges where
the sole is sewn to the foot so that the stitched area does not
Sharkskin boots usually come with a factory applied glaze that
imparts a low gloss shine. Additional shine and color enhancement
can be created with a hard wax polish. Since tanning methods for
sharkskin are similar to that of cow leather the procedure is also
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