Initially, in the 1930s, deer or elk skin was the raw material for the production of nubuck. Modern manufacturing technology involves the use of an outer layer of calfskin, which is further processed by external grinding. Nubuck products are sold at a higher price than leather and suede. This is due to the fact that on the outside the surface of calfskin has a stiffer texture than the inside used for making suede, which means the material is much stronger and more durable. This textile belongs to the aniline subgroup, but in fact it is not. This is one of the rarest leather materials. It stands out with a much lighter shade.
Advantages and benefits of nubuck
A certain disadvantage is that the nubuck is polished from the outside, and accordingly, the unevenness of the natural color may be characteristic of it.
Like most varieties of textiles, nubuck has a number of advantages and disadvantages.
The main advantages are: lightweight structure, strength and durability of the wear of products. Excellent breathability ensures comfortable heat transfer in winter. It is not cold in clothes and shoes made of this material, and the porous texture provides the possibility of natural air circulation.
The disadvantages include: the need for careful maintenance of the material, and moisture intolerance. However, modern technology allows us to produce a line of specialized water-repellents.
Natural nubuck, with proper proper care - for a long period it looks flawless, dries quickly when wet. Also, after the grinding procedure, the surface becomes more breathable, unlike ordinary skin. Negative temperatures and precipitation in the form of snow do not affect the appearance of the material, but it is better to refrain from nubuck products in rain and slushy weather.
There is also synthetic material on the market, which, by visual signs, is practically no different from natural. The difference is in physical properties. The artificial fabric does not allow water and air to pass through, which can negatively affect the comfort when wearing such products.
Reference. Artificial textiles in strength exceed the quality of natural. It also stands out for its lower cost.
Pros and cons of skin
Genuine leather is processed without grinding. For the manufacture of the canvas, skin areas are taken on the surface of which there are practically no defects in the form of gaps, etc. Due to such a high quality of raw materials, there is no need for grinding. Full-grain matter is not subjected to any processing, and is equipped with the original marking of the name of the animal from which it is produced.
The properties of the skin directly depend on the variety of the animal. The unpolished type of material is subsequently polished and processed with various compositions. To do this, use only the top layer. The processing process is necessary to create a more uniform texture and correct any imperfections that might be present on the skin of the animal.
The advantages of standard leather are: versatility of use, excellent water-repellent qualities, durability and long life. Of the minuses, the appearance of deep creases with prolonged wear can be noted, which affect the aesthetics of the appearance of the product.
What is better for winter, conclusion
It is worth paying attention to the fact that both types of materials hold heat well and look great. Nubuck can be kept flawless for much longer. However, the skin does not allow water to pass through, and therefore can be applied regardless of temperature conditions and type of precipitation.