PU Leather Vs Genuine Leather – What is the difference

Genuine leather is a hard to procure, difficult to maintain
and heavy on the pocket kind of investment that only a real
shoe enthusiast would like to opt for. This is because a
genuine leather shoe enthusiast knows the real difference
between PU leather and genuine leather.

Genuine Leather gives an aura of luxury and prestige. Apart
from being environment-friendly, each piece of authentic
leather has unique natural characteristics. Over time, leather
becomes softer, attractive and comfortable. Leather also has
a soft, yet strong texture, making it hard-wearing.

PU -Poly Synthetic Leather is a fabric based, man-made
material that is chemically treated with wax, dye for colour and
texture. PU represents the look and feel of genuine leather
but is actually a plastic fabric made to look like leather.

Here are some differentiating points between PU and
genuine leather that we have stated below for your benefit:

BREATHABILITY
PU leather, artificial leather made of split leather, is a nonbreathable material that keeps evaporated sweat inside, so the wearer gets hot and damp. Genuine leather, on the other hand, is skin that breathes, as it is processed from real animal skins, thus making it a healthy choice for our feet.

WEAR & TEAR
Genuine leather isn’t very pliable and can withstand
constant torture, yanking, stretching, bending, squashing etc.
It is very durable and could last a lifetime with proper care.
PU, on the other hand, is far less durable, extremely
malleable, having only 1/3 rd of the lifespan of real leather. It
has a plastic appearance and generally is far less thick than
real leather.

LOOK & FEEL
PU looks fake as it misses the subtle imperfections that give
genuine leather its defining character. It does not appear
flexible and soft and does not have that genuine grain look,

looking pretty much shiny synthetic up close. Also, PU lacks
the typical ‘scent’ of genuine leather.

COST
A big selling point for PU is its price; being created on a mass
production, it’s often considerably cheaper than genuine
leather. Genuine leather can be expensive on the other hand,
especially if hand-made but is definitely a class apart.

The difference between PU and genuine leather is stark and
undeniable. Each variant defines the class and lifestyle it
associates itself with and is held on different echelons in
fashion circle.

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SHOE MAKING – THE CRAFT OF SHOE STAMPING, SEWING & ASSEMBLING

Shoe making process sewing stamping

Of late, footwear has become an important fashion accessory
and specialized departments within the shoe factory handle
the various stages of production.
3 such important stages of shoemaking are stamping,
sewing and assembling, in that order. You must’ve read our last article about shoemaking and the production process involved in it. If you did, this one gets you the perfect conclusion to the process of shoemaking.
Here is a brief overview of how each of these processes work:

STAMPING:
During the stamping stage, to avoid a mix-up later while
sewing, the pieces of leather required for shoemaking are
cut out and marked. Once the individual shaft pieces have
been stamped, the edges of each shaft piece are thinned and
marked at points which will later be attached to others. In
addition, the places where eyelets will be punched in are
also marked.

SEWING:
During this process, the pieces of leather that have been cut
out to make the shoe are stitched together. First, the upper is
stitched together, followed by the lining. Then the seams are
neatened and a toe cap is added at the tip of the shoe. Eyelets
are punched in and this stage is completed when the shoe
size is marked on the shoe.

ASSEMBLING:
Assembling involves building a shoe from a number of
materials.
First, the insole is temporarily affixed beneath the shoe lasts
with three nails.
Next, the rubber ridge is attached to the insole.
Then the laced shoe shaft is stretched and adjusted over the
last and fixed to the insole with nails and hot glue.
Now, the leather is left to rest for a while on the last.
Next, the welt is stitched to the upper and the lining.
At the heel, the shaft is nailed directly attached to the insole
with small brass pins.
Then the last used to shape the shoe is removed.

A shank is incorporated for reinforcement.
A filler layer is introduced which creates a smooth and even
surface, upon which the insole is mounted.
Then the insole is first glued to the welt and then stitched
and the brass pins are removed.

After this 3 step process, the shoe receives its finishing
touches in the shoe-room where the shoelaces are threaded
through and the shoe is polished to a high shine.

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HOW TO SELECT THE BEST SHOES FOR HEALTHY FEET

Buying the right shoe is an investment for your foot health. The support you
get from the ground up has an impact on the alignment of your entire body. In fact, the right shoes can help prevent foot, leg and back pain. While keeping your blinkers on, focusing just on shoes that promote foot health may be tough in today’s aggressively fashionable world, there is nothing more rewarding than the same.
The perfect shoe is one that interferes least with the foot’s natural mechanics by being of the same shape as the foot, adequately flexible, not unnaturally high and solidly attached.

Here are some criteria’s that you must keep in mind while selecting your next
pair of shoes

FLEXIBLE SOLES
A good sole allows you to bend the shoe entirely without effort and lets your feet move naturally across the surface thereby reducing strain. Stiff soles, on the other hand, lead to stiffening of joints as they prevent the foot from articulating as you walk over bumps on the ground.

SHOE ATTACHMENT TO THE FOOT
A well-fitted shoe should securely fasten your feet, minimising any scope of slippage or fall and helping your toe muscles relax as then they don’t have to work double-time to grip the shoe. Shoe types such as flip-flops thus creating strain, tension and injuries to the toe muscles as much unnatural toe gripping is required.

TOE SPACE
As trivial as the matter may sound, did you know squished toes are a big cause of nerve issues? Naturally, your toes are supposed to be wider than the ball of your foot. Thus always buy a shoe with an adequate toe box so that it gives enough room for your toes to spread out when you’re standing. This is not only healthy for the toes but for the spinal cord as well.

HEEL HEIGHT
Any amount of heel raise will mess up your entire body’s alignment and lead to lower back pain and pelvic floor issues. Thus, it is the most important to take note how much is the heel raised above the toes. The lesser this distance, the more recommendable the shoe.

FLAT TOE CRITERIA
Always look for a shoe that is either totally flat or has a flexible sole that flattens easily at the toes when you stand. Shoes that leave your toes in the air are a main cause of hammertoes and manage to create many problems in the foot’s natural mechanics.

Fashion shoes such as high heels, pointed toes, flip-flops, ballet flats and flexible shoes may look great but can do a lot more damage to your feet heath than you can imagine. Opt for wedges, sneakers and give your foot the much-needed exercise once you’re done with removing the footwear for the day.

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Taking daily care of your shoes in Winter (and other seasons)

Clean your shoes in a jiffy!

Proper shoe care is highly essential to make sure your shoes last you the way they ought to. If you though appropriate shoe care just involved
regularly cleaning your shoes, you would be surprised to know that is
not the case. Your shoes will grow old with you so long as the leather
has been nourished, periodically polished, and kept in shape with shoe
trees. Proper shoe care actually involves correctly putting on and taking
off shoes, committing to regular breaks from wear and using shoe
shapers for storage and cleaning shoes for comprehensive shoe care.
Here is how you can keep your shoes protected:

PREVENT BREAKS FROM WEAR

When shoe leather gets wet, the leather retains moisture, making shoes lose their form, leading to lasting damage. Waterproofing your shoes will protect them from the elements and also wash off salt that may get on the shoes and create stains. Preventing breaks from wear is essential to maintaining the durability of your leather shoes.
Also, keeping your shoes in the wrong places could cause fading, scratching, and other damage. Store well, stuff with newspapers and air often in order to make your leather footwear last you a lifetime.

WEAR WELL

Something as simple as putting on or taking off a shoe can go a long way in prolonging the lifespan of your shoe. Shoe tools such as shoe horns are meant just for this very purpose. A shoe horn is designed to ease your foot into a shoe without causing any damage to the shoe uppers. It acts as a lever and gives a smoother surface to slide your foot in while also supporting the shoe’s structure.

USE SHOE SHAPERS

A reusable wooden tool, shoe shaper is a device approximating the shape of a foot that is placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape, stop it from developing creases and thereby extend the life of the shoe. This is an important tool to have in your shoerobe because unworn men’s shoes lose their form and sturdiness over time. Also known as shoe-tree, the best and most durable shoe shapers are made from cedar wood.

CLEAN SHOES

A pair of clean shoes can help take your outfit to the next level, not to mention how shoe maintenance can ensure a longer lifespan for the shoe. It is important to clean up your shoes after every wear, especially before putting them away for a while. After dusting off the dust and dirt from the shoe, always apply polish to any scuffs or marks that may have occurred. Once the polish is dry, buff the shoes with a rag and progress to applying a quality shoe cream in order to moisturize the shoe skin and prevent potential cracking due to damage from various elements.
Buying a leather shoe is a commitment of almost a lifetime. And the tips mentioned above can go a very long way in elongating the life-span of your expensive leather shoes. When it comes to shoes, make sure you get the true worth of the money you have spent.

How to design a shoe for production: The thoughts and process.

The art of Shoe Designing is a complex process as it requires the
shoe to look good while feeling excessively comfortable.
It also involves developing templates for different kinds of
shoes.

Hence, to explain the designing process in detail, the
article below is divided into two approaches- working of
shoe designing and the concept creation.

First let’s take you through the working:
Designing entails sketching shoe models and lasts. The
resulting templates are crucial to the shoe production
process.
Shoe production begins with the preparation of a detailed
drawing, by hand or the computer, of the type of shoe that
is to be made. This drawing is done in such detail that it
showcases the shoe model from all angles.

A pair of Wooden Shoe Lasts. These come on other materials like plastic too.

Then comes the making of Lasts- wooden moulds to simulate
the shape of the foot- using logs of wood. These Lasts lay
the groundwork for each and every shoe and are later
placed inside the completed shoe so as to ensure the
shoes provide the desired fit and so in the later stages
of shoe construction, shoes are built around the lasts.
The construction of the last often takes into account
many important factors such as the rolling motion of

the foot during walking and the way in which this
motion is subjected to heel height.

And now for the concept evolvement:
The designing of a shoe involves a high level of inspiration.
This can come from picking high-level concepts that relate in
some way to the customer demographics such as include cars,
music, or emotion.


Next, the designer dives into the specific category that they
can choose by exploring the different characteristics and
attributes associated with it. Here the designer gets creative,
thereby develops a unique angle and shortlisting elements
related to the genre of design they chose to go with.
For the final stage of concept design, the designer hones in
on a particular styling attribute. Here the designer is highly
specific and even over exaggerated with the design language.
This is how the designing of a shoe takes place. It is the
endeavour of each shoe designer to create great and unique
designs that can become a rage in the fashion circuit.

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How to perfectly match your shoes with your clothes!

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Footwear matching is super complicated, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you follow the rules and bend some to make your personal style statement, you’ll rule the fashion scene for sure!
Read on to know the perfect footwear-outfit match
scenarios:

KHAKHI with LOAFERS & OXFORDS
In Dress pants, Khakis are the most relaxed yet stylish and
casual of dress pants. They are best worn with loafers and
oxfords, depending on the occasion setting.

You can jazz up any semi-formal setting like an outdoor
party or beach wedding when you pair up Khakhis with
loafer slip-on. Since loafers look equally cool without
socks, they emit a certain calculated casualness. A good idea
is to match sand coloured khakis with rich cognac loafers.

An almond-shaped toe oxblood oxford looks best when
paired up with olive khakis. Oxfords are always a staple
classy yet voguish option whether you wear them with
jeans or dress pants.

DRESS PANTS with MONK STRAPS & PENNY LOAFERS
Dress pants help create the best semi-formal look.
However, when it comes to dressing up dress pants,
neither should one be too casual and nor should one over-
do it. You must get it just right.
When you want to dress-up dress pants, monk
straps serve the purpose best. Monk straps, especially
double-monks, are versatile and give a snug and
comfortable fit and look super sharp.
To dress down dress pants for a casual look replace monk
straps with penny loafers. Navy trousers with tan penny
loafers make for the aptest adventurous look. The
entire ensemble is definitely distinctive and fashion-
forward.

FULL SUITS with DERBY SHOES
The perfect teams aren’t always the most obvious.
Matching shoes to full suits could look classic but regular.
Adding a colour story to the look with contrast yet muted
derby shoe can make a full suit look distinguished instead
of looking delinquent.

BLAZERS AND JACKETS with CANVAS SHOES
The blazer is an iconic piece of menswear, central piece of
any gentleman’s wardrobe and takes alternate forms in
different situations. Similarly, Canvas shoes are just not
cool looking but even cooler to wear. Thus typically
blazers and canvas shoes make for the perfect companion
and together top the fashion charts.

While the clothing items are imperative, shoes are the
final touch that dress them more smartly or make the look
casual or formal. So, it is not only important to understand
the shoe type but also to gauge what it would look the best
with.

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How does a shoe get made? It’s harder than you think!

In the earlier times, each footwear used to be created by expert shoe artisans, where they use to build the shoe from the scratch, using a traditional nesting process.
However, with the changing times and evolving machinery today, specialized departments within the shoe factory handle the various stages of production.

How many departments does a shoe manufacturing company have?

A footwear company has mainly six departments for producing finished shoes:

  1. Designing Department
  2. Lasting & Making Department
  3. Stamping Department
  4. Sewing Department
  5. Assembly Department and
  6. The Shoe Room

As soon as each division is done with its respective tasks, the leather shoe is sent on to the next-in-line department to complete the production process.
Each department serves its own unique function:

The Designing Department:

Shoe production begins with the hand or computerized sketching of the shoe model and shoe lasts from all angels. The resulting templates are crucial to the later stages of the shoe production process.

The Lasting & Making Department:

Last determines the foot shape and lays the groundwork for quality leather shoes. Made from beech wood, the last determines that perfect fitting of a shoe. A perfect last determines the fit of the complete shoe by measuring the balls of the foot, heels, and instep, the effect the heel height has on the rolling motion of the foot.

The Stamping Department:

During this stage, the pieces of leather or shaft pieces, required for shoemaking, are cut out and marked. Once the individual shaft pieces have been stamped, the points on each piece where said piece will later be attached to others are also marked to avoid any mix-up later on.

The Sewing Department:

During the sewing stage, the pieces of leather that have been cut out to make the shoe are stitched together. The work is divided in stages. In early stages, the pieces are sewn together on the flat machine and in the later stages, when the upper is no longer flat and has become three-dimensional, a post machine is used.

The Assembly Department:

This step is important to build a premium leather shoe. First, the insole is temporarily affixed beneath the shoe lasts with three nails and the rubber ridge is attached to the insole. The laced shoe shaft is then stretched and adjusted over the last, and fixed to the insole with nails and hot glue and then left to rest for a while on the last. This process takes up to maximum 2 weeks.

The Shoe Room:

In the shoe room, leather shoes receive finishing touches, bringing the shoemaking process to a close. Here, shoe polish is applied, shoelaces are threaded through, and the shoes are polished to a high shine. After a final quality check, the shoes are packed up and delivered to retailers.

Footwear can be defined as garments that are worn on the feet. And thus it is imperative that we give them and their making process as much attention as we give to the rest of our wardrobe.

5 MUST HAVE LEATHER SHOES FOR A VOGISH WINTER

Winter has almost dawned upon us, and it is all about keeping warm while looking cool.

In our quest to find the perfect shoe to glide you through winters, we found many options that vouch to meet our above criteria bang on.

Read on to find your perfect pick.

  • Classic Slip-ons

A stylish pair of flats to be worn with just about anything anytime works well during the cold winter months as well. All they need to be teamed up with are a pair of stalking or woollen socks and you are ready to take on the winter fashion scene!

  • Boots

 

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Winter boots remain a popular style worn by men, women alike. Winter boots come in a variety of styles, low-cut boots, to ankle boots, mid-calf boots, to knee-high boots.

For women, Mid-Calf Boots protects the foot from the cold weather and look chic and stylish, while Knee-High Boots come in many materials and styles and get perfectly paired with a variety of outfits, keeping the feet warm and cozy during the wet and cold winter months.

To get on with things in the cold while looking boss, for men, Brogue featuring heftier, rubberized soles, reaching higher up the ankle are perfect because of their chill-beating and water-resistant properties.

Also, the leather Desert Boots for men, a seasonally-appropriate alternative, is a must have as it comes in a plethora of finishes, colours and materials.

Then there are the absolute must-have boots of the cold winter season- the unisex waterproof boots. They are best worn when the weather is extremely cold and harsh as they are popular for braving elements such as rain and snow.

  • Clogs

 

Popular because of their ultimate comfort, clogs make for a great casual wear, especially in winters. Some Clogs even have a warm inner fur material to keep the feet warm most especially on cold days.

  • Pumps

 

Hip for the woman on the go, winter pumps include open-toed shoes, booties, ankle/knee high pumps to waterproof stiletto heels.

  • Trainers

 

Trainers are some of the best casual shoes for men and are great for winters as well. The best trainers for the winter months are an even mix of fashion and function, complete with waterproof materials and styles that offer a bit more coziness and comfort.

These cold season footwear staples will definitely make you go places.  So, enhance your shoerobe by getting yourself some of these winter shoe essentials that are fit for all occasions.

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What’s the best way to wear White Shoes?

From just belonging to nurses, brides, and tennis players, to ruling the fashion scene with a large gamut of unsuspected fans, white shoes have made their way to being the new black in the footwear circle.

Though they are a pleasant break in the color-less monotony, white shoes are tricky to style and take some know-how to keep you looking style savvy.

While they do entail the risk of standing out too much, styling them well can make or break the look. Here is how you can sport your favorite whites such as converse, chukka boots, boat shoes, loafers, etc. at different occasions:

FORMAL OCCASIONS:

Brown or black Oxfords traditionally own this space. And so introducing whites here have to be done little strategically.

White Oxfords are a perfect match when it comes to well-tailored white tuxedos or black-white jacket-bottom. In case of the absence of white, pastel suits such as light grey for men and light pink for women also make for a handsome combination with white Oxfords. Formal accessories such as chic cuff-links and smart tie pins can go a long way in complimenting the formal look in this case.

Check out Ryan Gosling in La La Land promoting our cause with white Oxfords!

SEMI-FORMAL OCCASIONS:

For not so formal occasions, the choice usually lies between Derby brogues, monk straps, and sleeker ankle boots.  If white is your color, avoid patent leathers for a softer look and opt for well-fitted bottoms and well-hemmed lengths so that the shoes can be shown and create an impact.

For a cocktail or a business meeting kind of semi-formal event, opt for pale grey or light beige to best match your white shoes.

CASUAL OCCASIONS:

Trainers, an all-time favorite, can easily look astounding when in this category of clothing. From pairing them with denim, joggers, baggy trousers, distressed jeans, complete with roll-up shirts, graphic T-shirts, designer tops or funky sweatshirts, the look is flawless and perfect to be worn anytime.

Since white works well on boat shoes, slip-on shoes, and sandals, this pretty much makes it a shoe to be worn all through the year. However, since winter has a lot to deal with rain and snow, it is always advisable to give your favorite whites a rest for this season, in order to avoid sedimentation or discoloration of any sort.

Comes spring and summer, white shoes are back in action and dominating the fashion scene with their fresh and chic appearance.

Since the color itself can be standalone and compliment any outfit, it sure is a must-have in every shoerobe.

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What is the perfect Shoe Fit to maintain healthy feet?

An expensive shoe is pointless till it fits well. Besides looking great, it is important that the shoe feels great upon wearing too.

But why is wearing the correct shoe size all that important?

A proper shoe fit leads to healthy feet. It ensures the wearer faces far less foot discomfort and that the feet don’t get tired as easily. Shoes with an ideal fit support the muscle and bone structure of the leg and foot. This enables unproblematic wear.

Did you know that most of us wear the wrong shoe size? While shoe sizes vary between brands, it is important to identify a perfectly comfortable fit for your foot.

Achieving the ideal shoe fit requires finding the perfect shoe size and width. To identify an apt fit, one must be mindful of the following things:

– Make sure your toes can move freely and aren’t jammed against the front of the shoe.

At the end of the day, the feet become the largest. Measure them than to know your actual shoe size.

– The heel should not rise out of the heel counter.

– Always select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.

– During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.

– Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.

– No shoe stretches upon wearing so never buy shoes that feel too tight.

-The shoe must offer solid support beneath the middle of the foot.

– Before getting a new shoe packed, always walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right.

– Always buy a shoe which has the upper part made of a soft, flexible material such as leather shoes as they reduce the possibility of skin irritations.

– The foot should not slide forward inside of the shoe.

-Also opt for low-heeled shoes as they are more comfortable, safer and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.

– Go for shoes whose soles provide solid footing and are not slippery. A thick sole to cushion your feet is a must.

Besides proper fit, good foot care also promotes foot health.

It is important to not let your feet get pressurized from shoes that are too tight. Never sit crossed legged for long and put your feet up while lying down to improve blood circulation. Also, take warm foot baths and foot massages at regular intervals to improve foot health.

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