Alligator/crocodile shoes, with proper design & execution can be quite smart for many dress issues. We make a very classic full saddle slip-on that is very popular for many of my clients and one client in particular who buys nothing but alligator shoes from us. There are two distinct finishes available today, one being the classic and the other is a matte finish. We tend to use a lot of the classic skins for our belts and wallets and the matte finish for most of our footwear. When hand polished it comes up to an exquisite finish. Very classy but understated. Now, with the inclusion of saltwater crocodile to the mix you can now have the most expensive leather in the world available to you. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea but they can make a very nice statement if so desired. Again, if you work with someone who has a good understanding of the product as well as a good eye for design you should have an easy transition into this type of footwear. All alligator is still on the endangerd species list as mentioned in the CITES convention. While no longer endangered their status has been downgraded to threatened.