Know your Leather


In the last few months across our social media pages we’ve been highlighting the different types of leather in which you can find the Sebago shoes. Much to the requests of our supporters we’ve decided to take a more in-depth look into the topic and unpack the different types of leather used to craft your favourite Sebago leather shoes.

Before we get into the thick of things it is critical, we ask this question. What makes a leather shoe the perfect shoe to have?

Is it comfort, durability or even the soft leather feel on your feet? Well, of course, there’s no wrong answer to this, but the best answer is: it’s a combination of all those things and more that make Sebago shoes the perfect leather shoes to have all year round. Starting with Nubuck (featured in July); we’ll look at the different types of leather you can find on Sebago shoes and unpack each type to see what makes it unique.

Sebago Portland Spinnaker Nubuck leather shoe


Nubuck and suede are the two most confusing types of leather, naturally because of their look and feel. However, these two are very different from one another. Nubuck is top-grain leather; this means nubuck is sanded on the outer surface of the leather and is the part that would be the exterior of the animal skin. This then makes nubuck more durable and higher quality. One other thing that is similar about nubuck and suede is the need to be consistently treated to care for its soft exterior. The Sebago Portland Spinnaker Nubuck is a perfect example of nubuck leather. It is hand-sewn with the most exceptional craftsmanship using the only best nubuck leather, making it the perfect shoe for all occasions.

Sebago Portland Jib leather shoe


Suede and nubuck have a similar appearance and feel. However, suede is made from the inside of the hide. It is then sanded down, giving it the texture and softness, you feel when touching it. Suede is incredibly soft, pliable, and lightweight. Much like nubuck, suede needs consistent care and maintenance for it to retain its smoothness and suppleness. The Sebago Portland Jib makes beautiful use of suede as it is constructed to be the perfect nautical footwear, hand-sewn with only the most excellent level of craftsmanship.

Sebago Jaqueline Waxy leather shoe

Waxy Finish Leather

Waxy finish leather is robust and smooth, on to which a grease-like waxy finish is applied. Often these oils or fats are also dyed, and therefore, such leathers can have a slight risk of dye transfer.

Because of this soft scratch-sensitive finish, the leather quickly gets a vintage-patina, which is the desired effect depending on the type of product. When the leather has been given a binder-based colour to the top layer, it takes much longer for the first traces of use to be visible. Oiled, greased or waxed leather is mostly used on bags, belts, shoes and furniture leather. The Sebago Jaqueline Waxy ladies boat shoe is the prime example of waxy finish leather, utilising just enough wax to give it a bold yet sophisticated look and feel.

Schooner Men Total Brown

Full-Grain Leather

Full-grain leather is made of the finest raw materials available. It's been neither sanded or buffed to remove imperfections, leaving the hide as natural in all its glory. The grain is left entirely intact, meaning this variety offers the greatest fibre strength and durability possible. Along with being the most delicate leather you can buy, full-grain leather ages beautifully. The Sebago Schooner uses full grain leather perfectly in its finishes giving it a sophisticated and robust feel.

Whichever leather you choose to go with, one thing is true, you can never go wrong with leather, from quality to comfort and durability, leather will stand the test of time. View our wide range of various quality footwear to suite your lifestyle.