Leather is usually described as feeling soft and luxurious to the touch. Different types of leather make their textures vary accordingly. For example, pigmented or protected leather has a surface coating that makes it more resistant and durable, but this can result in a texture that feels somewhat like plastic.
Aniline leather, which is the most natural type of leather, feels soft, light and flexible. Nubuck is leather that has been gently buffed, so it feels smooth, lush and velvety.
Surface variation can also affect leather texture. Full-grain leather retains its unique markings and characteristics, while corrected-grain leather has a more consistent texture.