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…

CLASSIC LEATHERS

Smooth Leather

SMOOTH 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

GREASY LEATHER
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

PATENT LEATHER
Patent Leather is made from a fine grained leather, coated to give a high-shine, glossy finish.

Quilon Leather

QUILON LEATHER
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

NEW NOVA LEATHER
Our supple New Nova leather is a full-grain leather with a subtle pebble effect textured feel.

Stone Leather

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 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 Leather

KINGDOM LEATHER
Kingdom is a waxy leather that develops an attractive patina and wears well, so that it looks better with age.

BROKEN IN LEATHERS

Virginia Leather

VIRGINIA LEATHER
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 Leather

CARPATHIAN LEATHER
Carpathian is premium, full-grain natural leather which has been 'tumbled' to give a desirable highly-textured finish.

Nappa Leather

NAPPA LEATHER
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.

Vegan Leather

VEGAN LEATHER
Our vegan leather is a specialist material, designed to perform as well as the real thing, but without using any animal products.

SPECIALTY LEATHERS

Arcadia Leather

ARCADIA LEATHER
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 LEATHER
Crazy Horse is heavyweight leather with a tough, worn-in appearance giving a pre-loved finish without the hard work.

Antique Temperley Leather

ANTIQUE TEMPERLEY LEATHER
A full-grain, smooth leather - treated in the final stages of shoe making to give a classic hand-antiqued finish.

Kaya Leather

KAYA LEATHER
Kaya is a premium quality leather has been sanded to create a super-soft, velvety texture and supple handle.

Grizzly Leather

GRIZZLY LEATHER
A heavyweight leather with a subtle grained finish, our Grizzly Leather develops an attractive patina during its lifetime, rather than wearing out.

Suede Leather

SUEDE LEATHER
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 Leather

BRANDO LEATHER
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 Leather

SOFTY-T LEATHER
Softy T is a lightweight, full-grain leather treated to have a naturally soft and supple feel.