June 14, 2022

Industrial Leather: Why Leather Trumps for Work Boots (Compared to Synthetics)

The difference between real leather and synthetic materials are their original raw form. “Real leather” is a durable, flexible material made by tanning animal hides and skins. Faux leather / synthetics are made from plastic which are treated with wax, dye or polyurethane to create a look alike product.

Tasman Leathers of New Zealand produces many types of leather for the global market; full grain, nubuck, pigmented, waxed/oiled, crust and natural leathers. These New Zealand made leathers are used across a multitude of industries including; industrial, military, casual and fashion footwear, aviation, upholstery, and automotive.

When selecting leather, application is incredibly important to consider.

A commitment to superior leather manufacture is at the forefront of Tasman’s success, so we asked Geoff Smith, Sales Manager at Tasman Leathers of New Zealand, what makes leather so desirable compared with non-leather alternatives particularly for work boots.

“‘Real leather’ has exceptional durability, longevity and improves with age — it softens during use, creating a customised foot comfort for the user. When cared for, and depending on its application and use, leather can last for generations. Pairing a quality leather and bootmaker guarantees not only a safe and lasting ‘critical tool of the trade’ but also a reassurance you are offering the best care for your feet”.

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Tasman supplies industrial leather to Redback Boots who manufacture Australian made work boots, complete with full-grain leather. Inspired by hardworking people, Redback Boots are built to be durable, long-lasting, slip-resistant and supportive for all-day wear.

Using premium full grain Tasman leather that is 30% thicker than normal boot leather means Redback Boots are more resistant to hardening and cracking and hold their shape longer.

Tasman leathers are produced to AS/NZS 2210.3:2009 Australasian Specification for Safety Footwear and ISO EN 20345:2011 European Personal Protective Equipment–Safety Footwear standards to ensure a superior product.

Testing equipment used to ensure Tasman Leather meet standards.

Picture: Testing equipment to ensure Tasman Leather meets/exceeds standards.

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of '15 year old leather boots’ still being used to this day. Industrial leather does trump synthetics for these simple, yet impactful reasons.

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Picture: Redback Boots repurposed in the garden.

If Tasman can assist with selecting the right industrial leather product for you, please contact us.