Leather lasts. Leather is a material that’s got through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, and when we refer to leather footwear, we’re usually referring to shoes from cow hide. Would you believe I have a pair of men’s dress shoes with leather uppers and lowers that are now 14 years old, and they still look and feel just fantastic.
Leather lowers do tend to wear out quicker than man made soles, and as a consequence many opt for the leather upper only, but even so, a good quality upper really does make a better shoe than alternative cheaper options. Leather outsoles are found with the more expensive shoes. Leather definitely gives a more supportive fit overall and this is because it adjusts to the natural shape of your foot
Man made Italian shoes are synonymous with quality footwear and have a reputation that spans back as far as the history of shoes as we know it. Recent times have seen quite a demand in the black and white slip on shoe in particular, and as they are made from such soft leather it means that they are incredibly comfortable to wear too. One proud owner of such a pair at our local gentleman’s club said they were like a natural extension to the feet!
There is a downside to leather footwear though and that is once it gets wet, it can take a good while to dry out, but that aside, the pros for leather shoes and boots well outweigh the cons by a long way.
Foot care should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind when shopping for new shoes and leather should certainly be a consideration with everyday and smart dress footwear. This way, you’ll not only enjoy the comfort of leather, but over time you will save on the initial expense too, as in my case above. Think how many pairs of cheap shoes you could get through in 14 years, and mine still have plenty of mileage left in them!