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Vegetable-Tanned Leather. What is it and why should you know about it?

It is no secret that good leather is the essence of a great pair of footwear. While the first thing that comes to mind when you think of leather shoes is how they look, how they get that look is just as crucial for multiple reasons, like your health as well as the environment. So how does leather get the colour and look? There are a couple of ways to tan leather.

The first and most common way to do so is Chrome-tanning. This is popular because it’s the fastest and most effective way to tan leather. It gives the product a soft and uniform finish, however, the chemical smell stays on the leather, which is damaging to human health and the environment.

Another way to tan leather is by using the Aldehyde-Tanning method, which is supposed to be chromium-free. The main chemical, however, that is used in the process is formaldehyde, which is toxic and requires a careful care and control.

The true chromium-free to tan leather is Vegetable-Tanning method. In this process, the only tanned acids used are the ones naturally found in plant species. That includes leaves, branches, and even fruits. This method gives the leather a natural look with an earthy smell.

While there might be some disadvantages for using the Vegetable-Tanning method, such as a longer production time, higher final cost, the advantages make it well worth it in the end.


To name a few benefits of using the Vegetable-Tanning method,

  • Good for your human and environmental health
  • Handmade, unique leather
  • More natural look
  • Durability
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Reusable

Even after getting the final product, Vegetable-Tanned leather requires upkeep and care. You can protect this leather by avoiding getting it wet at the beginning as it gets more flexible with time, never apply heat or blow-dry it, clean the product once a week if worn often and use animal hairbrush for cleaning.

Here at Vikk & Co, the well-being of our clients, as well as the environment, is very important to us. Our craftsmen use the Vegetable-Tanning method with you in mind. It helps us create leather footwear that will be unique to you, last you a lifetime and do no harm.

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