Differences and similarities between suede, split and nubuck

In this article we are going to define what are the differences and similarities between suede, split and nubuck.

There are some similarities between these leathers, but there are also important nuances that we would like to highlight.

Suede leather has its origin mainly in elk, although it is not exclusive to this animal, as it can also be obtained from lamb, goat, calf or pig.

The final product comes from the inner side of the skin. Suede is very smooth, thin and ductile; but not as resistant as the other two leathers we are going to talk next.

Therefore, it is ideal for quality shoes.

Differences and similarities between suede, split and nubuck
Differences and similarities between suede, split and nubuck

On the other hand,split is made of the inferior layer of the skin, which is divided mechanically and then treated superficially which provides the split with great resistance.

In this way you obtain different qualities that vary in relation to the area of the skin of the animal, so that a thin texture will come from the most external area, while a rough texture will be from the interior

This leather, Split, is recommendable for products that are used intensively or on a daily basis, due to its great resistance.

Finally, Nubuck has the key characteristic in the form of a very thin sanding in its superior layer, with the objective to obtain a softer and more homogeneous texture.

This provides a more beautiful, fine, warm and sophisticated result, with a very smooth touch, effect from the superficial sanding applied during its treatment.

All of these leathers provide a good aspect when producing shoes or handbags, amongst others; and all three options are excellent materials, as long as they are of the highest quality.

Photo credit: Eli 1957

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