Leather vs. Pleather: The Debate

For us, summer is about running around in an easy to wear, lightweight sandal. But there is nothing worse than when that sandal rubs against your feet, resulting in burns and blisters. When that’s the case, chances are those shoes are not made of real leather.

Dating all the way back to Ancient Egyptian times, shoes were constructed out of real leathers to provide functionality and comfort. But, in modern times, the demand for more affordable and accessible materials led us to the production of man-made leather. Faux leather is made by combining various chemicals with plasticizers and polymers. The result is something that looks a lot like real leather, but when worn on your feet, you can notice a huge difference.

The chemical-filled plastic materials that we find in pleather shoes cause our feet to burn, sweat, and feel uncomfortably hot. It can cause blisters and rashes from friction and heat, especially on those warm summer days.

That’s why KLIKS are made with 100% genuine leather.

Real leather shoes allow the feet to breathe. Unlike the plastic stuff, leather stretches and molds to the foot, allowing it to move more naturally. It is also more durable, and does not crack or tear as easily as pleather. Genuine leather materials keep their color much longer, and hold up to the elements much better.

In our opinion, there really is no debate. Genuine leather is what’s best for our feet. It is chic, classic, and most importantly comfortable. We would never make our footwear out of anything else.

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