Types of leather used for Making shoes



I think most people want to know TYPES OF LEATHER USED FOR MAKING SHOES. Let’s shortly talk about the history of leather shoes.
It’s hard to imagine what life was like when shoes weren’t discovered yet. Everything started because of a real and practical need to protect the feet from outside effects.

Short History Of Leather Shoes

A Brief History Of leather Shoes

19th of September, 1991 was an important date for shoe history. On this day, a mummy was found in a glacier in the Ötztal Alps. Researchers also discovered a pair of well-preserved primitive shoes on so-called Ötzi’s feet.

The shoe uppers were made of deerskin, the insides of the shoes were made of woven linden bast, the cushioning and isolating layers were made of grass fibers, and the soles were made of bearskin.

The footwear was estimated to be roughly 5,300 years old. This discovery, combined with research conducted upon 40,000-year-old Chinese skeletons as well as paintings found in the Altamira Cave dating back to 15,000 – 12,000 B.C., demonstrates that humans developed the need to protect their feet from the elements quite early on.

Where the leather come from?

This is the question that every person want to know that. most people think that this is a tricky question, but I think it’s very easy to find the answer to this question.
Normally the leather used in making shoes comes from animals skins. These animals are specially rared for the purpose of meat and leather in farms just as production in a factory.
Types of Animal Leather Used in Shoes

Types of leather used in shoes…

How to identify Real vs Fake Leather

1)Pigmented (protected) leather

Pigmented (protected) leather is the most durable but is less natural in appearance, having a polymer coating.
Pigmented leather


2)Aniline leather

Aniline leather
Aniline leather is the most natural looking, with natural surface visible, but is less resistant to soiling.

3)Pull up leather, Oiled, greased or waxed leather

Pull up leather
Pull up leather, Oiled, greased or waxed leather is robust smooth leather or nubuck leather, to which a greasy – oily – waxy finish is applied. Often these waxes, oils or fats are also dyed and therefore such leathers have a slight risk of dye transfer. Such leather is labeled as oiled leather, waxed leather, pull-up leather, saddle leather or as vintage leather.

4)Suede leather

Suede leather
Suede leather is made from the underside of the skin, primarily from lamb, although goat, calf, and deer are commonly used. Splits from thick hides of cow and deer are also sueded, but, due to the fiber content, have a shaggy nap. Because suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, suede is less durable but softer than standard (“full-grain”) leather.

5)Vegan Leather

Vegan leather
Vegan Leather refers to leather that is tanned with oak and spruce bark. Also, quebracho, tara pods, olive leaves, rhubarb roots or mimosa are common. These substances are placed in a pit along with the skins and hides. As these tannins are derived from plants, the leather is called vegetable-tanned leather. Also, the term “natural leather” is used.

6) Cowhide Leather

Cowhide Leather
Cowhide is the natural, unbleached skin and hair of a cow. It retains the original coloring of the animal. Cowhides are a product of the food industry from cattle. Cowhide is frequently processed into leather.
Mostly cowhide processed into regular leather without hairs of the cow.

7)Artificial leather

Artificial leather
Artificial leather also called synthetic leather is a material intended to substitute for leather. Artificial leather is marketed under many names, including “leatherette”, “faux leather”, “vegan leather”, “PU leather” and “pleather”

Best leather for making shoes.

I’m in the leather industry for the last 7 years, and as a Leather expert, I don’t recommend any type of leather on another for shoes. Mostly (IT’S DEPEND ON THE PEOPLE CHOICE).
What they like for themselves and what their budget allows them to spend on Leather shoes.
Let’s it’s deciding you which is the best leather for shoes.

Which types of leather Shoes Do you have, and how many pairs in your wardrobe.

Do you any tips to add and how are you implementing them?

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