Split Leather for Shoemaking
The innermost layer of the hide, which can be further processed to produce suede.It is soft, pliable, and has a unique texture.
Description: Leather that's been specially treated to have a soft, napped finish. It's often made from the underside of animal hides.
Thickness: Typically 0.8 - 1.2 mm.
Benefits: Soft, pliable, and has a unique texture. It's also more breathable compared to other leathers.
Description: Essentially the reverse side of full-grain leather, it has a texture similar to suede but is thicker and more durable.
Thickness: Usually 1.2 - 2.0 mm.
Benefits: Offers a rugged appearance while maintaining durability.
Common Uses: Work boots, military footwear.
Description: A type of suede that's been sanded or buffed on the grain side, giving it a slight nap of short protein fibers and a velvety surface.
Thickness: Typically 1.0 - 1.5 mm.
Benefits: Soft and has a distinct appearance, but is more durable than regular suede.
Coated Split Leather
Description: Split leather that's been coated with a polymer or a thin layer of pigment to enhance its appearance and durability.
Thickness: Usually 0.8 - 1.4 mm.
Benefits: Provides a more uniform appearance and increased resistance to wear and tear.
Common Uses: Everyday footwear like Sneakers, bags, and accessories
If you're looking for an alternative to leather, you may purchase vegan leather or use textiles.Also, I encourage you to learn more about the shoemaking process to see what other options you have for making your shoes.
Online stores to buy split leather for shoemaking
Here are some online stores where you can purchase various leather types mentioned above: