Don’t get duped: Your guide to the right leather shoes

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

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.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

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