Selecting the finest leathers

Each pair of shoes is individally made especially for you. This means you have a greater choice in what your shoes look like. Our leathers are either full grain, nubuck or waxy nubuck. All leathers shown are full grain unless stated as nubuck or waxy. The leathers available for each style are shown on their page and have been carefully selected to suit that pair of shoes. 

Whilst our styles can be made for you in the colours shown on the product pages, we can also make your shoes multi coloured. You can email or ring for guidance on how many options are available for the style of shoes you have chosen. Our facebook & Instagram page is a great place to find examples of shoes we have made in different colours by special request. We currently have around 50 different leathers to choose from so if you would like to receive some leather samples, let us know which colours / finishes you would like and we will be happy to pop some into the post for you.

Full Grain Leathers

These leathers have a 'surface'. They can be polished with coloured or neutral polish. (see Shoe Care page). Ripley leathers have a textured, rippled surface and tend to be very soft and supple.


Nubuck is a full grain hard wearing leather that has had it's surface buffed to make it soft and velvety. Nubuck leathers need occasional brushing with a Nubuck brush (see Shoe Care page) to remove dust. Stains may also be able to be removed by fine sanding with a Gum Velours block (also see Shoe Care page). Our leathers are dyed right through so you will not remove the colour.

Waxy Leathers

Some of our Nubuck leathers have had wax applied after buffing. This gives a patinated effect of slightly changed areas of light and dark where the wax pools. These are very attractive distressed looking leathers and can be treated in various ways as they age.
They can be polished but will lose their flat look and become shiny instead.