Leather boots are made to last. They should represent a quality investment which respects the process and the animals used to create the material. As with all animal based products, leather is sometimes a controversial issue. Some will choose not to use animal-based products on moral grounds, but the issue of sustainability is key also. Can leather boots help create a more sustainable future?
LEATHER BOOTS SHOULD BE DURABLE
A cheap pair of leather boots are not worth the making. Whether the material is poor quality, the craftsmanship is lacking or both, the boots will fall apart soon enough. This means you are creating a product which practically disposable.
To help create a more sustainable future, we should invest in quality. A well-made leather boot can last a lifetime if cared for correctly. Cheap and poorly constructed boots can't even be repaired.
For the ideal blend of quality, style and durability, our Jessica Chelsea boots are great for everyday wear.
USE LEATHER WHICH IS WELL SOURCED
As we allude to in the introduction, some people will choose not to wear or consume any animal derived product. However, it is possible to take an ethical approach to using animal hide.
Leather boots can help create a more sustainable future if their makers care not only about the end product, but every stage of its manufacture. Leather boot manufacturers need to take a vested interest on where their material comes from. This means speaking to producers and suppliers and finding out the origin of the leather. It means choosing quality material and not compromising on ethical manufacture. This doesn't just mean for the product. It means for the workers on cattle farms and other parts of the production chain.
CAN LEATHER BE USED RESPONSIBLY?
One of the biggest issues with any kind of manufacture is that we often need the end product. Footwear is essential for our daily lives, so we need to use products which are going to work toward sustainability.
It is true that leather requires certain chemicals to process and treat the material. However, this can be misleading as it seems to paint faux-leather and other alternative products in a better light. The reality is that these products often use plastics, oils, chemicals and many other non-natural materials which are detrimental to our environment.
If you are looking for such quality material, you can check out the tan premium cowhide leather of our Natalie boots.
By reducing the use of harmful chemicals and purchasing products which come from sustainable farming methods, leather boots can be part of a brighter future. One of the most important aspects is that leather can be a byproduct of the meat industry and avoids waste by using it for textiles.
HOW LEATHER BOOTS ARE MADE IS IMPORTANT
Creating sustainable footwear also means using ethical processes which reduce the impact of manufacture. This means using as much hand crafting as possible and relying less on industrial processing of the boots. It also means developing new techniques and always being vigilant on the search for better ways to make leather boots.
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER
As we said at the beginning, buying leather boots is an investment. While we can do our best to make footwear sustainable, by looking after their boots and investing in quality, the customer can do their part also. At Tumbleweed, we make ethical manufacture and sustainability a priority, as we do making a stylish and desirable boot. Take a look at what we have to offer to see for yourself.