There is no other skin that looks more like it was imported from another planet. It is so tough, and breaks so many needles, that not all boot makers will work with it. Stingray has a marbled, gravel-like texture, resembling thousands of tiny pebbles glued to a leather backdrop. The skin is maintenance free, durable, waterproof and can be worn for work or dress. These are beautiful hand made Stingray hide boots. a "made to your measurements" pair of boots with all leather uppers and all Stingray vamp and overlaid Stingray pull straps and leather soles with a steel shank for arch support. Six rows of stitching.