What is the difference between nubuck and suede? How to care?


suede leather

Let’s start with suede. This is leather, the dressing of which takes place according to a special technology through fat tanning. Initially, only the skin of reindeer was used for its manufacture. It has a light beige hue and is distinguished by excellent elasticity, and it is thanks to this that you can easily check whether the suede is made from reindeer skin — it should be stretched well and looked at in the light — the natural material will have a porous structure with many minor defects over the entire surface.


Nubuck dressing is carried out by means of chrome tanning, followed by processing the front side of the material with a fine-grained type of sandpaper. The skin of cattle is used for manufacturing, due to which the strength of nubuck is higher than that of suede, and it itself has a very slight stretch.

So, in fact, everything is simple, and we figured out the features of the materials. It remains to find out which products they are best suited for …

Nubuck is optimal in the production of shoes, while suede is less durable, especially in spring and autumn. But for jackets, gloves and other haberdashery, suede is more than an interesting solution.

How to care for suede and nubuck shoes?

Most importantly, wearing suede in wet weather is strictly prohibited. Immediately after purchase, such shoes should be treated with a water-repellent type impregnation, and it should not be applied before leaving the house, but even the day before. It is best to apply 2 — 3 layers, with the complete drying of each of them. This will not only protect the shoes from moisture, but also provide it with reliable protection from dust and various kinds of pollution.

It is also required to carry out preventive treatment of shoes made of nubuck and suede. The frequency of such a procedure depends on the type of tool used.

But what about when your shoes get wet? Do not dry it near heaters or heaters, only in a warm and well-ventilated area.

A color restorer will be very useful if there are stains or spots with a whitish tint on the surface of the shoe — often a similar problem occurs under the influence of moisture or snow treated with reagents.


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