Thanks for the feedback. I'm even more intrigued now. And yes, most examples I've seen have a more flat, low gloss finish. And as you correctly observe, that's just fine for more casual footwear. Enjoy those beauties!The texture and the pliability of the hide are what most interested me as well and with a pair of penny loafers, Ranger Mocs and these latest Lucchese's in Bison Hide, I can tell you that the bison hide is every bit as comfortable as I'd expected it to be, but it seems impossible, or at least very, very difficult to work up and maintain much of a shine on the shoes/boots...at least with the pair(s) in my collection. The good news is casual doesn't always call for a high shine!