- Classic Style Shoe Laces
- Handcut from Genuine Full Grain Leather
- Makes Any Shoes and Boots Look Classy
- Rugged and Sturdy Design
- String Up Your Footwear and Cut To Fit
Length: 73 Inches
Full Grain Leather
USE & CARE
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
They say you can always judge a person's character by their shoes, and the shoe laces without a doubt play a key role. Replace your old and tattered or cheap-looking synthetic laces with these classic Thick Shoe Laces. Hand cut from genuine full grain leather, these shoelaces won't just rejuvenate your shoes and boots, they'll even work great with your baseball glove, clothing, apparel, and even art and craft projects that require leather laces and strings, giving them the finishing touch of class and flair.
Evidence of shoe laces dates back over 28,000 years throughout Europe where they used rope as the main material for laces. It wasn't until 2000 BC that leather was being used for laces, initially used by the Ancient Greeks who would bind pieces of leather to their feet and ankles with rawhide laces. The popular style was spread by the Roman Legions as they made their conquering ways throughout the Western World.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment not only helps the leather to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers, it also eliminates the need for a lining (often the first to tear) offering a natural and durable look.
The leather we use, originating from our well established supplier Compiel, is nothing but Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they differ in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece. It's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running, and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide that is treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.