Leather types we use at Letha


Calfskin or calf leather is a leather or membrane produced from the hide of a calf, or juvenile domestic cattle . Calfskin is particularly valuable because of its softness and fine grain, as well as durability . It is commonly used for high-quality clothing, shoes, wallets, and similar products, as well as traditional leather bookbindings . In these contexts, just "calf" is commonly used. Fine calfskin is one of the skins used for vellum and parchment manuscripts. In Spanish, the word is Ternera/Novillo, referring to leather from animals less than three years old. Chickenski n, despite its name, is a form of calfskin made using the skin of unborn calves.[1] In fashion, soft finished calfskin is sometimes described as veau velours (French for "velvet calf")

Shell Cordovan

Shell cordovan or cordovan is a type of leather commonly used in high-end shoemaking. Cordovan is an equine leather made from the fibrous flat connective tissue (or shell) beneath the hide on the rump of the horse. The leather derives its name from the city of Cordoba, Spain, where it was first produced by the Visigoths in the seventh century, and later also by the Moors. It is a difficult and expensive leather to make, and in the late 19th and early 20th century was mostly used for razor strops to sharpen razors in barber shops. More recently it has been increasingly used for shoes, wallets, and watch straps due to its aesthetic qualities and exceptional durability. Shell cordovan has a unique non-creasing characteristic. Because it is made of connective tissue, it is smooth and lacks the pebbled effect of leather derived from animal skin.


There are not many core differences between calf and cowhide. They both come from the same animal, but cowhide comes from older cattle an d is a byproduct of the meat industry. It is a reasonable comparison standard for other types of shoe leather. More specifically, cowhide is thicker (about 1.6 to 2.5 millimeters) but goes through similar tanning processes as calfskin. The thickness, added strength and fibrous nature makes cowhide an excellent material for work boots or shoes for rougher use