How to know the difference between leather and synthetic materials


How to know the difference between leather and synthetic materials

When buying a pair of slippers the quality and the materials are one of our biggest priorities. We look for shoes that have a certain standard of quality, thus we want good materials to be used while making these shoes. Often leather is a material that slippers are made of, like CP Slippers. The problem is that sometimes imitations appear on the market, so what can we do to make sure the slippers we want are real leather?

We’ll give you some basic tips to know the difference between real leather and synthetic materials.

Basic Tips

The touch: Leather feels soft and it’s a flexible and smooth material. Synthetic products are usually much harder and have plastic feeling to it. As said leather is a elastic material, and we can make a 10cm leather piece expand to 10.8 cm, something synthetic materials can’t do.

Sight: Leather is usually easy to see at first sight. The texture and the pores are very distinctive, making it relatively easy for the eye to recognize.

Smell: Leather has a very characteristic smell, very natural, while synthetic materials have a more artificial plastic-like smell.

Other Useful Tips

There are other ways to recognize leather. These ones might not be so common or maybe not so easy to do, but they work as well to make the difference between leather and synthetic.

Burning: We can take a little fiber from the backside of the leather or the synthetic and then we put them into fire (use a match or a lighter). If the smell is very intense and penetrating then we know is synthetic. Leather has a more natural smell, as if you were burning a piece of hair.

Price: This way of discovering the difference is not the most accurate one. Usually leather products are much more expensive than the synthetic materials, but of course it’s not a written law or something can be easily proven like the previous ones.

 

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