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 - 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 SPRING
AUNT SALLY LEATHER
A durable and hardwearing leather that's also soft and supple.
A super-smooth, fine-grained hide that lends a premium feel to our footwear styles.
SOFT BUCK LEATHER
Formed from Nubuck leather with a very soft feel. Made from genuine pigskin.
SAN DIEGO LEATHER
Soft, smooth and broken-in leather.
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.
Smooth, burnished, full-grain leather.
Has a waxy feel with a subtle grain. The leather will darken with age, and will distress with wear.
We use Kiev leather on our bags and accessories due to its hardwearing nature and rigidity. It features a smooth surface and attractive sheen.