Best leather types to work with for beginners in shoemaking
In this video tutorial I mentioned the types of leather that I recommend for you as a beginner in shoemaking. You can try your luck and ignore my suggestions but this kind of frustration can break your desire and passion.
I already gave you the guideline of the types of leather to work with, so in this post I want to focus why you need to avoid other types of leather.
Leather that beginners in shoemaking should avoid
Now, why you should avoid those types of leather at least at the beginning of your shoemaking learning:
1. Patent leather may crack during lasting, especially, if you work using pointed toe shoe last.
2. In the process of folding patent leather it also may crack, if you don’t know how to work with it. You have to know, how thin you need to skive the edge of the patent leather to fold it.
The main reason for the cracking in the patent leather is that usually for patent leather they use a split leather (a second layer) that just covered with the liquid material to create a patent leather. It’s not a rule, but when leather has some print or patent surface that means that this leather was scratched, had some spots, made from the hide of old animal.
3. The main reason why it is better to not use a suede leather and nubuck leather is that during all the steps of shoemaking; like cutting, sewing, lasting and sole making, it is very easily to get it dirty. You will need to know how to clean it. The bad news are, that sometimes it’s impossible.
There is a special plastic cover ( shoe bag) made to protect your upper leather from getting dirty during the lasting process, but for you, as beginners in shoemaking, I don’t recommend to work with it at least in the beginning of your shoemaking progress.
In my shoemaking tutorial about leather types to work with in shoemaking I didn’t mention many other different leather types like sheepskin leather, kangaroo skin leather, horse skin leather, and many different exotic leather types for many reasons:
1. Sheep skin leather - many people may be allergic to it.
2. Kangaroo skin is a wonderful leather for boots as it is very strong leather and durable, this is the reason why at the beginning of your shoemaking progress it is better to not use it.
3. Horse skin leather is also durable.
4. Exotic leather types like crocodile skin, snakeskin, fish skin, and many others are very expensive! So until you will have good shoemaking skills don’t waste your money.
Work with other leather types that I mentioned in the tutorial.
Now let me know in the comments below what types of leather you use in your work?