When most people think about leather, pig skin isn’t usually the first thing that comes up…. but maybe it should be.
Pig skin leather has numerous unique and interesting benefits to cow hides and other alternatives.
In Asia, pig skin can be found in abundance and at fantastic rates. Throughout Asia, pork is a staple product--but unlike other regions, like the UK, pig skin is relatively unpopular as food. As a result, with the abundance of pigs and the general disinterest in pig skin in cooking, the skins can be purchased at phenomenally affordable prices.
The leather itself is extremely durable and resilient, which also means it holds up extremely well against abrasion. It is also easy for experts to work with, typically being corrected and reduced by the tanner to around 0.6-0.8mm, to meet the market standards. It is also extremely breathable, making it perfect for linings.
The thin skin does more than just allow for easy sweat escape and breathability. It also keeps the leather extremely pliable--even preventing the shoes from stiffening after getting wet.
Overall, pig skin deserves far more attention than it gets as a fantastic shoe leather. If you’d like to learn more or explore the potential benefits of using pig leather for your next custom pair of shoes, please don’t hesitate to call, text, or message Don’s Footwear for more information.