At Dr. Martens we’ve been making high-quality leather footwear and accessories since 1960, so we know a bit about leather. From sourcing the best cow hides - from the most talented tanneries and ethical farms - to treating and dying, we care about which leather we use to create the best shoes and boots possible. We use many different kinds of leathers, our classic Smooth leather is famously stiff at first but softens over time – and lasts a lifetime, Nappa leather is buttery-soft and helps give shoes a refined and elegant look. So read on to learn all about leather…
Durable and famously stiff to start, our Smooth Leather can be polished to a dapper shine or artfully scuffed-up depending on your preference.
Greasy Leather is lightweight and soft, its oily coating helps to protect the leather. Use our Dubbin shoe wax to keep it looking great.
Patent Leather is made from a fine grained leather, coated to give a high-shine, glossy finish.
Quilon Leather is crafted using traditional processes. It features a contrast base colour for a two-tone finish.
SEASONAL LEATHERS FOR AUTUMN
NEW NOVA LEATHER
Our supple New Nova leather is a full-grain leather with a subtle pebble effect textured feel.
PEBBLE & STONE LEATHERS
Pebble and stone leather are premium, textured leathers with a pigmented finish and embossed pebble-effect print.
SOFT BUCK LEATHER
Soft Buck is a nubuck leather, meaning it's made from pig skin. Soft to the touch, this leather is durable with a matte finish.
Kingdom is a waxy leather that develops an attractive patina and wears well, so that it looks better with age.
BROKEN IN LEATHERS
A soft, fine-grain leather that is treated to feel smooth and supple, our Virginia Leather is typically dyed, and is offered in a variety of bright colours.
Carpathian is premium, full-grain natural leather which has been 'tumbled' to give a desirable highly-textured finish.
Nappa Leather is one of the softest leathers around, pliable and with a natural smooth texture, this breathable leather feels butter-soft to the touch.
Our vegan leather is a specialist material, designed to perform as well as the real thing, but without using any animal products.
A high-shine leather with a base dye and contrasting topcoat, which is rubbed off to reveal the underlying colour.
CRAZY HORSE LEATHER
Crazy Horse is heavyweight leather with a tough, worn-in appearance giving a pre-loved finish without the hard work.
ANTIQUE TEMPERLEY LEATHER
A full-grain, smooth leather - treated in the final stages of shoe making to give a classic hand-antiqued finish.
Kaya is a premium quality leather has been sanded to create a super-soft, velvety texture and supple handle.
A heavyweight leather with a subtle grained finish, our Grizzly Leather develops an attractive patina during its lifetime, rather than wearing out.
Our traditional suede has a long pile and is soft and fuzzy to the touch plus it's water-resistant. Use our Ultra Protector spray to prevent stains.
Brando is a full-grain, waxy leather which looks better over time. Tough and durable you can treat it mean and it'll develop a worn-in vintage look.
Softy T is a lightweight, full-grain leather treated to have a naturally soft and supple feel.