I've been rocking a pair of Tony Lama elephant skin boots for 11 years. They were 300 back then, no idea about now, but you seriously cannot scratch the hide, these are some tough mofos, will last a very, very long time. Work well for both work and play.
Can find cowhide inall of them reasonable, and exotics from 350-750 or so. Got Luchesse smooth ostrich last weekend and have enjoyed them. Try them on and see, even try on different boots of the same size when you find a style you like.