Men's Shoes

How to Pick the Right Leather For Your Accessories- Shoes Part 4



Welcome back to episode 4 of our leather accessories series. So far, we have explored the ways to choose different leather for different types of shoes. Indeed, we have explored shoes like oxford, sneakers and even explored boat shoes in episode #3. If you missed out on our previous post, you can click here to read all about it. Today, we will be exploring boots since we are still in the casual shoe categories. However, there are a lot of different boots. So, we will start slow and take it one step at a time. Today, we will teach you how to pick the right leather, for desert boots. If you are ready to learn, then let’s head straight to the post.

How to choose the right leather for boat shoes (Source:



Desert boots are one of the shoes that are located under the category of casual shoes. Very similar to derby shoes with the open-lacing system, the only difference is that it covers all the way to the ankle. Not many men have a pair of desert boots, because it is quite feminine, looking almost like the boots of knee-length, except that it has a lower sole, even lower than the oxfords. However, it does take some effort to style the desert boots. In fact, you cannot just put on straight leg denim with desert boots. There is a style trick man do not know off. However, we will not cover that trick. Instead, we will cover how to choose the right type of leather for desert boots.

Bruno Marc Grey Desert Boots (Source:



Most of the time, suede leather will be the number one choice for desert boots. Desert boots are definitely the smarter casual shoes, which look really elegant, especially if you combined it with denim and a long sleeve shirt. That’s why most manufacturers will choose suede leather. With its smooth nape and soft to the touch, it is the perfect material. However, one of the disadvantages of suede leather is that it feels cheap. I mean, it is made from split leather after all. Therefore, while it is better than Nubuck leather in terms of being able to withstand water, stain, and sunlight,  it cracks easily. In the long term, you will see cracking and splitting of leather.

Check out how to care for suede (Source:



Besides suede leather, Nubuck is also the perfect choice for desert boots. While Nubuck leather is usually chosen for outdoor boots to be able to withstand the rough environments, in this case, it is purely for aesthetic reasons. Nubuck leather, at first, may look like suede leather, due to them having a similar smooth nape and soft texture. However, the main difference between them is that one is made from top-grain leather, the other split leather. Obviously, the main difference is that the Nubuck leather has better nape and softer to touch than suede leather, giving a high-quality sense to the user. The disadvantage, the price is much higher.


Clarks Original Oak Nubuck (Source:

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