We purchase our natural leather from tanneries with which we have worked for many years and being specialized in chrome-free tanning. The raw hides derive from domestic races that have been raised for meat production. The cowhides being selected by us, are strictly from the best Central European races and tanned exclusively in Europe.
This guarantees the highest quality and environmentally friendly and pollutant-free production, which is not possible with North and South American, Indian and Far Eastern goods in compliance with our environmentally friendly and social standards. Each of our Naturleder-Schuhwerk shoes is made with selected chrome-free tanned natural leathers.
This is a traditional type of leather finishing that is particularly durable due to the gentle and time-consuming nature of the traditional recipes. This tanning gives the leather suppleness and, in the method that we helped to develop, through fatliquoring and mechanical fulling, its softness and a warm feel.
Natural Leather Shoes
Regular re-greasing of the shoes gives them the original temperature-regulating effect, i.e. cooling in summer and warming in winter, as well as the water-repellent effect. Due to the complex and gentle tanning process, the leather fibers are "covered" and not attacked by the tanning agent. Our natural leathers are tanned without harmful chemicals, which makes them very different from other products. The coloring is also done without the use of toxic heavy metals, PCP, formaldehyde, glyoxal or the like. This should actually be a matter of course, but the use of these substances is still common worldwide even for high-priced branded products. Thanks to the special tanning, our leathers retain the natural properties of the skin, i.e. they are particularly breathable and temperature-regulating, they are dimensionally stable, skin-friendly and can be composted without leaving any residue.
This is the secret of the outstanding wearing properties of our natural leather products. Of course, our Naturleder-Schuhwerk shoes are particularly suitable for barefoot wear. In order to achieve the best possible foot climate in combination with the breathable natural leathers, we have based the construction of the shoes on this. Our natural leathers are finished and polished by hand, which creates a depth of color in the upper leather that is no longer possible with conventionally coated leathers due to the synthetic surface finishing. In our Naturleder-Schuhwerk shoes, the insole of the shoe is made of geniuine leather in principle. This has the advantage that the moisture in the shoe is absorbed much better. The leather releases the moisture in the shoe and does not accumulate it.
Because of this high quality standard, the shoes are always completely lined with high-quality leather right up to the tip of the shoe; This is also a big difference to most brand name shoes nowadays, which for cost reasons only use synthetic textile materials in the shoe's front sheet, even with so-called leather lining. We also do not use chemical products to fix the dyeing substances which also improves the water vapor permeability of natural leather. This can lead to bleeding of the lining leather. We ask our customers to take this into account when choosing their socks and stockings and, in such cases, recommend the use of dark goods.
So that you can enjoy our products for a long time, we ask you to observe the following care instructions:
With our natural leathers, scars, wrinkles and irregularities are clearly visible. This does not represent a defect, on the contrary, it is a sign of naturalness. The particularly gentle tanning process can lead to the natural leather lining bleeding and the associated staining of the leather. We ask you to keep this in mind when choosing your stockings and in such cases recommend the use of darker fabrics. Regular care is required to maintain the suppleness and resilience of this high-quality leather: shoes must dry for at least 24 hours after each wearing. To do this, it is best to rest them on wooden tensioners or to stuff them with newspaper; both absorb the moisture from the inside of the leather. Under no circumstances should they be near a heater or the like. To dry, please remove the soft bedding from the shoes. Nobuk leather is being treated well by using the natural "leather oil" from Tapir; after drying, roughened with a crepe cloth. Smooth leather should be rubbed with the "leather care cream" from Tapir and then polished to a shine.
We ask for your understanding that we cannot recognize complaints that are due to non-compliance with our care instructions and / or due to wear and tear.