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:
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
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.
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
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