Whether you’re a long-time leather lover or a budding novice, you’ve likely come across the term ‘nubuck’ before. This luxurious type of velvety, full-grain leather adorns everything from Timberland’s iconic boots to high-end wallets and handbags.
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Nubuck is a type of leather that’s sanded and buffed on the outer side to achieve a nap of short protein fibres. The process results in a smooth, velvet-like surface similar to suede.
Nubuck can stretch with regular use. If you’re trying to stretch your nubuck shoes, try wearing them frequently with a thick pair of socks.
While nubuck leather offers a good degree of water resistance, the leather isn’t entirely impervious, AKA waterproof. However, you can always opt to apply a waterproofing spray should you need to achieve better protection.
Napped refers to a soft fluffy texture found on the surface of leather, typically nubuck or suede. A leatherworker can achieve a nappy texture by sanding down the grain-side surface of a full-grain hide to create short protein fibres.
Nubuck is a type of animal leather made from full-grain hide. It’s one of the more expensive and sought-after leather types on the market.