Leather vs. Synthetic: Which Option to Choose?

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Leather vs. synthetic – one cheaper, the other more durable, one more accessible, the other premium. Which one is better? Can you guess? 

But before we dive into that, let’s see how exactly these products work/are manufactured.

Leather: Pros and Cons

Let’s face it if somebody were to drop two pairs of shoes in front of me, one genuine leather, the other artificial, chances are, I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. I would probably need to examine the material, try the shoes on, and google a bit before I could draw a conclusive answer. 

If you plan to buy a pair of great leather boots for everyday use, information about the differences between real and artificial leather cannot hurt. First, we know that genuine leather is made from 100% natural sources, while synthetically-created fibers go into creating artificial leather.  Since real leather is naturally absorbent and tends to absorb moisture, you may see water/sweat stains on shoes made from this material. 

Another way to compare real and artificial leather is to test them by hand. Genuine leather products are heavier and have a better build – thus, they can last for over five years without damage. This quality also makes these goods more expensive, so if you want to buy a genuine leather item like some leather boots, be prepared to see a higher price tag. 

Synthetic Shoes: Pros and Cons 

Thus, if you are tight on a budget and achieving a leather-inspired look is your goal, a synthetic option would work just as well. These materials are cheaper, and synthetic shoes are lighter, making them more wearable in the long run. 

Unlike leather, synthetic fibers like nylon, spandex, acetate, polyester, kevlar, and more are used to produce these items. These ingredients make these products highly water-resistant, so you know which to choose if you want a shoe to wear to the beach. 

Synthetic material is also more breathable and stain-resistant compared to leather. This quality makes them less prone to wrinkling and aging. These products are also comparatively easier to clean and can be thrown into the washer if necessary. 

However, like leather goods, they have some disadvantages too. For example, artificially manufactured goods have a shorter lifespan – once they get torn, people tend to throw them out instead of repairing them. Their lower cost makes them easier to replace. In addition, compared to leather goods, synthetic materials are not compatible with repairs. 


Ultimately, the winner of the battle between leather and synthetic materials depends on what you are using your product for. If you plan to use your item daily, an artificial material will work best. These shoes are lightweight and highly breathable. In addition, synthetic material is generally stain resistant and easy to clean. 

However, if you plan to use your item for a long time, a leather product has high longevity. These products are classier and will give you that premium feel. The only downside is their penchant for wrinkling.

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