Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A Guide on Buying Shoes This Christmas

Christmas and New Year celebrations are just ten and eleven weeks respectively away from this week. Soon, the pressure of what to buy for the two celebrations will be wearing down on us- if it has not even started already. Have you decided yet what to buy as gifts for friends and family? What about what you should get for yourself? Have you not been working yourself out this out-going year? Do you not think you need some new shoes? In this article I will give out some guiding principles that will assist in trying to choose the best leather shoes for you, for your family members and also your friends.

Now, over the years what can we say has been guiding our decisions in buying leather shoes? Nothing! We will just wake up one day and tell ourselves that we need a leather shoe and we will just enter into any shoe shop to pick whatever kind of shoes we want. But, should we not be more concerned on what type of leather shoe is best for us?

Do we not know that leather shoes are made for different occasions?

First on the list of this leather formed shoes are the full grain leather. This type of leather shoes refers to the upper section of the hide that is used in making the shoe. The leather will still be in its unrefined form. The advantage of shoes made from this type of leather is its durability. It gives out the fiber strength to the shoe. Moccasins and some other slip-on shoes like Sperry leather fall into this category.

Following that closely is the corrected grain leather. This form of leather can also be called artificial leather. This is just the processed version of the full grain leather. In fact, this is the most common type of leathers around. Black leather shoes are made from this form of leather. So also it is leather used in upholstery as a covering for chairs. One advantage of this form of leather in our shoes is that shoes can be made almost new by polishing it. Italian leather shoes always come to mind when one is talking about correct grain leather.

The third in rank is the Split leather. This is got from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting process, the grain and drop split are alienated. The drop split can be further split (thickness allowing) into a middle split and a flesh split. The split leather now has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is marked with a leather grain. Suede shoes are the common type of the leather type; you will notice it in its flexibility.

Now, there are many more forms of leather like brained leather, patent leather, shagreen leather and the rest but the most common are those listed above.

Remember; when next you are shopping for shoes to wear in Christmas time always know why you are buying the shoe and how good it will serve you.

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