5 Common Materials To Make Shoes

5 Common Materials To Make Shoes

Apr 28 , 2021


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It’s that time of year where the sun is shining and you want to buy a new wardrobe (or a new one for winter).

Shoes are available in almost any colour, shape, design and size - no wonder it’s hard to pick just one pair when shopping!

However, the material our shoes are made from can impact the overall design and cost.

Here are the top 5 common materials to look out for when making your next purchase!

1. Leather

Real leather is made from animal skin - typically cowhide.

And, is most commonly produced in China - 80% of the world’s leather products are made in China.

Of course, leather sits at number one because of it’s flexible yet durable properties. 

Simply, it’s elastic enough so that it can be stretched and moulded yet it’s resistant to tearing.

Furthermore, leather is breathable whilst insulating heat and therefore helps to regulate the temperature of your feet - you shouldn’t really have sweaty smelly feet!

Lastly, leather provides extra comfort and protection.

For example, let's say you work longer hours than most; with leather you won’t need to worry that your shoes will fall apart!

On the flip side, leather is costly and consequently, those shoes tend to be on the higher price scale. 

2. Rubber

Rubber is a very natural product - it comes from tapping hevea brasiliensis (or rubber trees).

Typically, rubber is used to make the outsoles of shoes; in particular sports shoes.

However, it has become increasingly popular to use rubber for safety shoes.

Because the material protects from harsh chemicals and falling objects.

Moreover, rubber reduces the risk of slips and falls as they are slip-resistant - regardless of how wet or muddy the conditions are.

3. Textiles

Textiles are popular because they are available in a wide range of colours and textures.

And, the most common are cotton, polyester, wool and nylon.

Consequently, using textiles allows for variations because of its individual and unique properties.

Therefore, when shoes are being designed, breathability, support and temperature control are factors that can be considered very early on.

4. Synthetics

Synethic material, or more commonly known as PU leather, are man-made and consist of two layers: an outer layer fixed to a backing later made from polyester fibers.

And, like their textiles counterparts, synthetic materials come in a range of colours and textures too.

One advantage of synthetics, is that shoes made from this tend to be priced lower - you can still have shoes that look like leather without the price tag!

With that in mind, the material is less durable which means you will notice signs of wear and tear a lot quicker.

5. Foam

No, we’re not talking about the bubbles left in the sink after washing up!

Foam is made from plastic and can be split into two categories: open and closed cell.

Simply, open cell foam allows water and air to pass through, and closed cell foam prevents gasses from escaping.

Typically, open cell foam can be found in the tongue of the shoe and is used to promote ventilation. 

And, closed cell foam is commonly used to make midsoles, because of its denser properties.

Final Remarks

By knowing what materials are used to make your shoes, means you can easily decide which pair to buy and when to wear them.

Regardless of what style you settle for, comfort is key - anything else comes second.

For more information get in touch today.

In the meantime, check our range of comfortable shoes.

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