We offer a range of materials and construction techniques.
What leather do you use?
Depending on the application we use:
Kangaroo – for our high performance sports shoes. Kangaroo is one of the highest performance natural materials available for footwear.
Kid – for fine ladies shoes
Calf – all of our linings are generally made from calf, some of our uppers are made from calf also
Bovine – Most commonly available and a good general all purpose leather for most applications.
Crocodile, lizard, snake, python, barramundi, ostrich and other specialty leathers are available on request.
Leathers are also available in different finishes such as: patent, suede, nubuck, foil, embossed, perforated, screen printed, full grain, corrected grain.
Where do your leathers come?
The leather used for our bags is vegetable-tanned and sourced from Greenhalghs Tannery in Ballarat, Victoria.
We also use this leather for our Gordon boots lined and unlined and some of our shoes on request.
The Kangaroo leather is vegetable-tanned from a tannery in NSW.
The Yearling leather is sourced directly from northern Italy.
The Baby Calf leather is vegetable-tanned and sourced from the UK with a portion coming from France.
Some of our alternative bovine uppers are sourced from the USA and New Zealand.
Some of our reptile leathers have been on hand for years and are collected where possible.
What is the difference between the leathers you mention on your website?
Bovine leather is the standard leather we use for our accessories and boots. It doesn’t have as smooth a grain as our other leathers nor come to as high a shine. It is however a robust choice as long as it is maintained regularly with creamy-based conditioners and waxes to keep the leather nourished as vegetable-tanned leathers should not be left to dry out or they can crack.
Yearling is a younger version of bovine leather and has a smoother finish overall while still maintain good body/weight to the leather. Our Italian yearling leather is chrome-tanned so will be more resilient with wear. It still needs to be maintained with creamy-based polishes and can come to a nice shine with some elbow grease. It also dyes more readily depending on the desired effect. This is our preferred choice for an everyday sort of shoe.
Kangaroo leather has more texture and character and has a very strong fibre structure for its weight. Colours can be limited however (please see billfold wallets or cardholders as examples of colour). Kangaroo can come to a light shine and will be resilient with good maintenance and care to nourish the leather. This is also our preferred choice for shoes and boots that will be worn regularly as we like the character in the leather.
Baby calf leather is like the cashmere of leather. It is the most beautiful, is very fine and delicate and is an ideal choice for high gloss potential and formal occasions. It does however require the highest maintenance (regular care of the upper leather) and should not be worn as an everyday shoe.