Trending leather types in designer shoes

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Leather has been a staple of designer shoes since the advent of commercialism. In 2016 leather trends have amped up and are more popular than ever. We compiled a list of the four most popular and interesting types of leather so you know what to look for when you are out shopping for designer shoes in Sydney.

Ostrich leather ostrich leather - Via Condotti

This relatively new style of leather has taken off in the last few years. This year it has featured on many runways meaning it is only time before it will be found everywhere in fashion. This smooth leather has unique patterned bumps which is why it is becoming more trendy. The bumps are caused the feather follicles of emus and they create a beautiful and one of a kind pattern. Due to the small-area skin of ostriches it is a rare but stunning leather.

Nubuck leather - Via CondottiNubuck Leather

Nubuck leather has a velvety finished. It is a fantastic leather for shoes as it is water resistant and is easy to colour. Nubuck is similar to suede but because it is created from the exterior hide it is more durable and thick. Nubuck leather for winter boots is fantastic as any water damage will dry to the original colour.

Patent Leather - Via CondottiPatent leather

Contrary to popular belief, patent leather is authentic kid skin, it begins as a superior grade or fine leather that undergoes a chemical process to achieve the glossy, reflective finish. Patent leather is a durable material, hardwearing and waterproof. The finish of patent leather shoes is very robust and, generally, does not require much cleaning. It has excellent flexibility and can be moulded into all sorts of shapes. Throughout history, it has been a popular choice for formal dress and dancing shoes. Today, this is a great leather to use for women’s work and party shoes.

This leather has had a rejuvenation of sorts. Once an unfashionable leather type, it has been given a second life and is coming back in a big way. The trend of mixed materials and contrasting textures is big this year and patent leather is one of the most popular ways to achieve this effect. The ability to achieve bright colours in patent leather is key to its success as bright colours on shoes are a big hit in 2016 too.

Aniline Leather - Via Condotti

Aniline Leather

Aniline Leather retains the most natural look of all the leathers, it is the finest leather available and is made from thick, full grain hides. This high end leather is classified as “unfinished” because it is strictly dyed with only soluble dyes. This means that the dyes do not coat the surface of the hide and thus the original look of the leather is maintained and clearly visible. Other leathers are considered “finished” because they go through a secondary colouring process.

Pure Aniline Italian leather shoes are extremely beautiful, soft and supple to the touch, and rich in colour. The leather’s natural beauty is accentuated by the dye, giving the designer shoes a luxurious look and feel. Only the finest hides can qualify to be unfinished, so unsurprisingly, it’s the most expensive type of leather.

These trending leather types are something to look for when you are buying you next pair of designer shoes. At Via Condotti, we only use superior grade leather products. Whether you are looking for bridal shoes, casual flats or a pair of trendy heels, Visit our Sydney QVB store to check out our leather designer shoe range. Find out more at