Corrected grain leather uses the top-grain, or surface, layer from cattle hide, but the grain surface is abraded to remove imperfections, such as scars and bite marks, before a pigmented finish is applied. After pigmentation, the surface of the hide is embossed with an imitation leather grain.
Corrected grain leather is indistinguishable from full grain leather to the naked eye, and it is generally more durable. It is hard-wearing and easy to clean due to the pigmented coating on the surface. The downside to corrected grain leather is that it is not as soft as other leathers, and the pigmented coating tends to make the leather have a plastic-like feel.