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The Differences between Suede and Nubuck Leather

April 16, 2018

The Differences between Suede and Nubuck Leather

Suede is a special type of leather, created when a full hide is split and the interior fibers are exposed. Because suede is not full-grain, it is thinner and more fragile than other leathers. It also has a unique texture, not smooth but napped, and is very soft and supple. The nap can range from a tightly packed, velvety feel, with short, plush fibers, to a rougher more casual look, with longer fibers. Another variety of suede is produced by abrading smooth leather until the characteristic nap results. This manufactured napped leather is known as nubuck, and is typically more durable than the split-hide as it is thicker, but it is usually more expensive.

Found in a wide variety of applications, suede and nubuck are commonly used in shoes, handbags, boots and clothing, such as gloves, jackets, skirts and pants. They can also be used for furniture or to line other leather products. Because of its thinness and open pores, suede soils easily and does not handle moisture well. Even nubuck finds water a challenge and stains can be difficult to remove as the texture absorbs grit, grease and grime.

We carry innovative spray, foam and liquid conditioning suede products from top leather care companies like Woly, Saphir, Famaco or Burgol that are specially formulated to protect and condition fine suede and nubuck leathers. These high quality preparations are made from a variety of natural ingredients, including bamboo, lemon or jojoba oils, and avoid harsh and damaging solvents.

 When well-versed in suede or nubuck care and protection tips, and knowledgeable about today's best suede cleaners, conditioners and weatherproofs, owning these handsome leathers becomes a joy and not a burden. Wear and enjoy your favorite suede and nubuck items, and we promise to partner with you to keep them looking elegant and feeling comfortable.




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