When buying shoes, the question often arises: is it genuine leather or synthetics. Sometimes it is difficult even for an experienced specialist to determine the type of material, what to say about buyers.

— The surest way not to be deceived is to put a hand. Genuine leather will instantly warm up, while artificial leather will remain cold.

— Find and carefully examine the raw edge of the part. On a section of artificial leather, the front film coating and the lower layer (fabric or porous non-woven base) to which the coating is glued are visible. As a rule, synthetic shoes do not have such raw edges of the skin: all the details are made “in a fold” or dyed with a thick layer of paint for cutting, and along the zipper too: this is one of the main signs.
— Unlike a substitute, genuine leather does not exfoliate. Previously, in order to distinguish leather from a surrogate, the product was set on fire, but now this method has lost its relevance: manufacturers of synthetic materials have invented special additives, thanks to which artificial leather is charred no worse than natural. Sniffing a glove or boot is also pointless: today any substitute can be provided with a “leather” smell.
Very often in the markets and stores, sellers of shoes, bags and other leather goods offer pressed leather products, assuring that this is also genuine leather.

What is pressed leather?

Pressed leather is essentially not leather. It’s just that one of the components used in the manufacture of pressed leather contains part of the leather waste. These are small scraps, shreds, shavings, even leather dust. The second component, the main one, is various synthetic binding fibers: polyester, polyamide, polyethylene, etc. All this is crushed, mixed, heated and pressed. When heated, the fibers melt, impregnating and gluing the material.
For additional hardening, synthetic thermoplastic resins are added to the mixture, they also melt and impregnate the entire fibrous structure.
It turns out a rather cheap material with low air and moisture permeability, but its production is waste-free. Pressed leather is quite suitable for the production of bags, wallets or belts, but shoes from it turn out to be stiff and inelastic, harmful to the foot; your feet will sweat and get tired.

Another problem with pressed leather is brittleness. Much depends on the quality of the binder, but, as a rule, products made from this material are short-lived: belts and fasteners crack at the folds.

How to distinguish genuine leather from pressed?

Pressed leather products have a characteristic chemical smell.
To check, you can drop water on the skin. If it has absorbed water and darkened, then it is genuine leather, if not, it is leatherette or pressed leather.
ANEXIS shoes are made only from genuine leather. The ANEXIS brand works in close cooperation with many Russian tanneries.
Russian leathers are not inferior in quality to Italian counterparts in terms of dimensional stability and wear resistance.

Italian and Turkish velours and leathers are purchased for women’s collections of ANEXIS shoes: they have a rich range of colors, various textures, they have pleasant softness and elasticity.

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