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Faux Leather vs Real Leather

The key difference between faux leather and real leather is that real leather comes from animal hides, and faux leather (also known as synthetic, imitation, vegan or PU leather) typically comes from synthetic fibers, coated with a plastic polymer or similar. Real leather is a timeless material with a classic and distinct look, smell and feel. When it comes to wearable items, such as shoes or coats, there are several benefits of choosing real leather. These are the main ones.

Breathability & Comfort

Leather hide is a porous surface and its natural ability to expel moisture in the form of vapor is a key benefit over synthetic leather--as the pores of the animal’s skin are only present on real leather. This plays a unique and important role in regards to shoes, as it enhances comfort and breathability vs synthetic leather. Since products that imitate leather are made from synthetic materials, they do not breathe as much as real leather. For example, if you choose shoes that are made from faux leather, your shoes cannot breathe. Your feet will likely sweat more. They may itch as well, and the shoes can develop an odor that is hard to eliminate. Leather allows air in to reduce sweating, discomfort and odors.


Real leather is going to have great durability over time because as a natural product it won’t crack or peel. Synthetic leather tends to tear and puncture more easily. If you store leather shoes correctly and maintain them, they will stay durable. Leather shoes also tend to have better overall craftsmanship for the non-leather parts of the shoe, such as the heel or heel cap. Synthetic materials wear out faster, and many cannot be restored when they are damaged. Scuffs and scratches on leather can usually be polished away with the right leather shoe care products.

Better For The Environment

Synthetic leather is more environmentally wasteful compared to real leather, as real leather is a by-product of animal hides being processed for their meat. And being a natural by-product the processing steps for creating the leather, when using eco-conscious tanners, does not yield as many environmental toxins or waste as plastic.. When you add the durability of leather that is cared for properly, the result is that you are less likely to buy as many leather goods over time when you choose real leather products. Leather shoes can be repaired and renewed in many cases. Leather that is cared for properly can last for years to come.

Appearance & Cost

When it comes to comfort, real leather is the winner in the faux leather vs real leather battle. Leather's breathability and its ability to stretch are two factors that contribute to its comfort. Faux leather is not nearly as flexible. When it comes to shoes, the stretchability of leather makes it an excellent choice for allowing your feet to keep their natural position without pinching your toes. Tight shoes can negatively affect circulation, which can contribute to more serious podiatric problems.

Finding Quality Leather Goods

John Candor hand-crafted goods are made in Colombia by 3rd generation Artisans and only out of eco-conscious full or top grain leather. Each product design incorporates style with functionality. The shoes come in four attractive, classic style options. For additional foot support, the shoes have shock-absorbent orthotic insoles. The interior and insoles are lined with leather for added breathability and comfort. The outsoles are slip resistant and made out of recyclable materials. Additionally, they are durable, flexible and lightweight. With four options that fit nearly any trend or occasion, the shoes are great for style versatility. Shoes you can feel great about wearing and buying.

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