As stated in the common saying that a man is known by the shoes he wears, it stands true for most because they feel that a good pair of shoes completes them. Whatever the occasion it may be whether casual or formal, the right pair of shoes is bound to compliment the mood. There are a variety of shoes that you can choose from such as slippers, casual shoes, sandals, formal shoes, boat shoes, boots, etc. Shoes are in general made of leather, fabric and other similar material that fits snugly onto your feet and thus making you feel comfortable while you wear it. The leather is one such material that makes the best shoes that last longer than shoes made of any other fabric. It too has varied classifications that categorise its quality as well as its price.
• Calf leather – The skin obtained from calves aged between two to three years having soft skin are used to create varied leather products that are highly priced due to limited availability. High-quality shoes, bags, leather, gloves, etc. are made out of this skin. As it is a product that has a high demand but lesser availability, it is highly priced and lasts longer than the rest.
• Hide – The skin from an adult cow is used to create this kind of leather which is firm and stronger due to its age. The skins from adult cows are obtained from the meat industry where the meat is used for food processing, and the skin is a by-product. The skin is treated with dyes and chemicals to bring its texture and dyes are added to it to bring out a colour to it. Depending on the quality of the skin, it is priced and used to create shoes, bags, wallets, etc.
• Goat or Kidskin – Obtained as the by-product of the meat industry, goat or kidskin is considered to be softer than that of calves. It has a texture that is fine as is glossy. It is used to create apparels, car furnishings, comfort shoes for the elderly and anything that doesn’t have the need of tough leather.
• Suede – It is the leather made from the underside of pig skin. As it doesn’t have the effect of the hardened exterior of the skin and thus is known to last less long than other kinds of leather. As it is soft leather, it is used to make gloves, upholstery, clothing, bags and lining for harder leather products.