What is Real Leather?
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
This is the most highly valued and the most premium type of Leather. It is also the least used since this type of Leather is not easy to make, and also to find raw materials best suited for its process.
Full Grain Leather is defined by being the most natural Leather since it has almost no top 'Finishing' so that the Leather retains its Natural Grainy texture.
The best way to understand this is by recognizing the Grain pattern in the Leather Product would be uneven, such as the grain of the leather may appear to be more bold at some parts and maybe barely visible in other parts of the same product.
Full Grain Leathers are also 'Split' less than the other types of leathers. Leathers that are heavily Split, also result in long term weakness in terms of strength and durability.
Full Grain Leathers are used only in Premium Leather Products, since they are the highest quality and thereby most expensive too. At Vittore, we offer you the best range of full grain leather shoes online.
TOP GRAIN LEATHERS
It is most difficult to differentiate between Full Grain and Top Grain Leathers, as they look very similar from the layman's perspective. Top Grain Leathers may not be the best quality like the Full Grain Leathers but they are also used to make good quality products.
Top Grain Leathers have a slight 'Finishing' coat on top, but it's enough to cover the natural grain of the Leather and thereby also change the look of the Leather significantly.
Top Grain Leathers also get their name from the process of 'Splitting', since it is the Top part of the Leather that is processed further. The bottom Part that comes out is then used as Suede, which is a different type of Leather altogether.
Products made from Top Grain Leathers are high quality products, but more common in comparison to Full Grain leathers.
This is the most common type of Leathers used in most products. As a term, Genuine Leather is used to describe all kinds of Leathers. In fact even Full Grain and Top Grain Leathers come under the umbrella of Genuine Leathers, but they have been given separate categories to differentiate higher quality of Leathers from the rest.
Genuine Leathers have heavy 'Finishing' and also undergo 'Splitting' to a large extent. Genuine Leather is a term written on many products and its main use is to differentiate any Real Leather from Synthetic/ Fake Leathers.
The below table summarises some of the differences of the different Leather mentioned above:
|Top Grain||Full Grain||Genuine Leathers|