Don’t get duped: Your guide to the right leather shoes
If the right choice is made while buying a pair of leather shoes and they are maintained well, they can last for quite long. Check the texture, insole and lining of the shoe, say experts.
One of the easiest ways to check the authenticity of leather is through touch and feel. Real leather is wrinkled and pulled in terms of its texture. Also, genuine leather gives more of a natural and swanky touch.
Shoe fitting is another important factor to be considered while buying leather shoes. A leather shoe — if made by an experienced craftsman — will not only fit you well, but will act as a part of your foot. A good fitting shoe will last longer as the chances of getting wrinkles or the shoe getting out of shape is ruled out.
The insole and lining of the shoe also play an important role in its longevity. A perfect pair of shoes should have an extra padded insole as it makes the grip comfortable and sturdy due to extra cushioning. Genuine leather shoes sole can be replaced anytime throughout its life and can be enlivened again after wear and tear.
Genuine leather on the insole and lining helps the shoes’ vitality and also eliminates the chances of foot odour.
Another important aspect of leather shoes is its fragrance. They possess rich fragrance, which is typical of leather and cannot come from fake leather. Also, genuine leather does not have odour of chemicals or plastic.
Examining the details of the sole is also essential before investing in the shoes, as it is an important quality indicator. There are varied types of soles ranging from rubber, leather, to extra lightweight for longer walking hours.
It is recommended that the soles of the shoes should be stitched to the upper surface, not glued.
Following aesthetic and visual sensibilities while shopping for leather is essential. For handcrafted pairs, one should analyse the finesse in terms of colour finishing and stitching details. The stitching should be neat and barely noticeable. Check if the shoe has any kind of plastic coat, which on the touch can make you feel that there is a layer between your touch and the material of shoe. This shiny coat loses the shine with time. It eventually peels off and takes the colour coat with it — reducing the shoes’ life to one season.