Know thy leather
A highly debatable issue, in past years, pigskin remains to be one of the most researched topics on Google. Well, there were over 2 million searches on pigskin alone!
Here at Toufie, we hope to provide you with answers to some of your queries, and at the same time, provide you with a worry-free shopping experience.
So what is Pigskin? And why is pigskin common in manufacturing?
Pigskin is a type of leather, commonly used for many items such as clothing, rarities, handbags, book covers, accessories and more. Pigskin leather is ranked fourth in the world's total leather production, after its close comparison such as cow, sheep and goat leather.
It could come from various sources, be it synthetic (porcine) or direct from the skin of the said animal itself.
How to identify pigskin?
Most of us are lack the industry knowledge or fashion savviness to recognise pigskin leather. Or at least not till now 😊 Whilst it is a difficult task to identify pigskin, it is NOT impossible.
Genuine pigskin leather
Lookout for the small "dimples" on the surface of the leather. Pigskin is known for its 3-dots pattern – randomly scattered, slanting and see-through. The spots too, appear knobby and grainy on the leather surface. Pigskin suede is also softer, to the touch than cow suede.
Do we use pigskin?
No, we DO NOT use any pig lining/ pig skin in the making of our shoes. We take pride in our quality policy. With process transparency, every partner in our supply chain has shown strict adherence to our quality standards and product requirements.
Is pigskin durable? Is it better than cow leather?
Inexpensive and easily available, pigskin goes by several names, such as pig leather, pig suede, pork suede and peccary. The fibre structure of pigskin is loose, spongy and breathable, making it the ideal inner lining for shoes. However, despite its benefits, pigskin is more fragile and easy to tear compared to cow or lamb leather.
For us, quality and durability are essential. Our shoes are made with the finest materials and kidskin is our first pick when it comes to lining. Kid leather is known for its well-rounded features, including its adaptability, durability, suppleness, and the fact that it is impressively more lightweight.
These stark contrasts in quality put kidskin above that of pig lining, making the latter an inferior and unsuitable choice in the making of Toufie shoes.