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Synthetic leather. Benefits and characteristics.

When making footwear, many materials have been added to the list of substrates preferred by producers throughout history.


Leather has been par excellence the most used, demanded and quoted for the benefits it offers, however some brands for economic reasons, logistics, environmental conservation, demand compliance, among other factors. They have preferred other options to facilitate their production lines, choosing synthetic skins.


As synthetic leather we understand that artificially composed textile material, which simulates natural skin, are usually made of polymers and other chemicals that give them a variety of textures and colors, in addition to other properties such as strength and durability. 

Benefits of synthetic skin.


Thanks to the products they use in their production they can be artificially attributed properties that make these skin products more durable and with great resistance to tearing, weather conditions, etc.


This type of leather has a totally light weight, which makes them ideal for the manufacture of products related to fashion and footwear.  


Compared to leather, this material is considerably cheaper, because of its ease of production without relying on other external agents. 


Hardly the quality of a faux fur will be affected by climatic conditions or storage, therefore they tend to have longer shelf life. 

"Synthetic leather can be a great alternative for footwear production"

Jorge Martínez.



Commercial agencies/ Wholesalerss   |   shoe manufacturers   |   Leather goods manufacturers   |   Shoe shop/ Retailer


The range of colors and textures is almost infinite when talking about synthetic skins, this makes them more attractive when they give the possibility to create varied products. 


These materials absorb to a lesser extent any liquid or moisture from the outside, but they are also able to sweat the foot very well. 

Qualities of faux fur.

Depending on the process used for the manufacture of these skins and the added acrylic, chemical and natural fibres, this material may have one or more of the following characteristics:

· Very resistant (to tear).

· Resistant (to tear).

· Fire resistance.

· Anti-stain.

· Breathable.

· Water repellent.

· Anti bacteria.

· Washable.

· Recognize the artificial skin.



Although there are not few advantages offered by synthetic skin, there is no denying the fact that it shows its differences compared to natural, two key features will make you differentiate this “fake” skin.

To the touch.

When played, it turns out to be much thicker than natural and therefore more rigid when bending. 


To the drilling.

A pin will be enough to make this test where this sharp piece will pass more easily through an artificial skin despite being thicker, however, with a natural it will be almost impossible or at least more difficult to cross it with the pin. 

The fashion industry was one of the first to propose, many years ago, the application of artificial skins in different textile and footwear parts, not only with the idea of reducing costs, but also to demonstrate that great products can be created with materials that do not harm the environment. From there it became a substrate widely used by other industrial sectors. 

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