Soften leather with use to break in the rigid material. Accelerate the softening process by applying oils, jellies and other agents to the leather. More »

New and old leather can become hard from an array of circumstances. Softening leather helps to preserve and better care for the leather over time. Leather can be softened by cleaning it and applying at least one coat of ... More »

When softening leather shoes, it is important to know what type of leather you are working with. There are some leathers that cannot be cleaned with commercial products. Leather that has not been waterproofed goes hard i... More »

Bicast, or PU, leather is a material composed of split leather coated in a layer of polyurethane embossed with patterns to resemble the grain of higher-quality leather. More »

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A simple way to distinguish leather from vinyl is to inspect the grain of the material; vinyl has a distinguishable grain pattern, while the grain in leather has no discernible pattern. Vinyl contains a pattern because i... More »

Bonded leather has the same durability as the thin fabric inserted in the final material. In contrast, genuine leather is quite durable due to its solid hide. Bonded leather is less durable, because it is a cheaper, man-... More »

Bonded leather consists of scraps of real leather, such as cowhide, mixed with polyurethane plastic to create a material that resembles genuine leather. Also called vinyl, this bonded or "reconstituted" leather is attach... More »

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