After going on and on for months about python shoes and bags, I finally had a chance to get my hands on a pair of Tod's python ballet flats in Taiwan, as it is not illegal to sell python here as in California. Gal pal helped me wrestle this pair from another client. In the midst of my joy, I saw gal pal's python Chloe Paraty and python shoes. I shouldn't be surprise but suddenly I am not so sure about python bags and shoes. Due to the nature of the skin, individual python scale will become flaky and ruffled on the edgy after some use. Faux python skin will not flake or become ruffled. Well, at least there is a way to distinguish between the real thing and faux skin. I am sometimes clumsy with accessories so I am not so sure python is such a good idea for me. A pair of Tod's python shoes start at around $900 so I won't be too happy with flaking scale, even if it is natural. What is a gal to do?!