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The vast majority of shoes and sandals manufacturers in the world consider processing of leather with various chemicals to be completely normal. It is a financially sound technology but processing the leather in this way involves highly toxic substances such as azo dyes, nickel, pentachlorophenol, chromium VI. These are all substances that are extremely harmful to humans and the environment; they are also the main cause of a number of allergies.
We all know that in most cases sandals are put on bare feet.
Definitely one of the most expensive and highly valued leathers in Italy and worldwide. Undoubtedly a synonym for quality, age-old tradition and special attention to the environment. The true connoisseur would recognize it just by the specific odour. The Real Italian Leather certificate guarantees that the basic ingredients for processing and coloring of the leather are entirely natural extracts. A technology that makes the leather extremely resistant to external conditions having minimal stretching and undisputed comfort when worn.
For centuries the Tuscan masters have passed on their invaluable knowledge and experience. The tanneries for leather in Tuscany are direct descendants of all that knowledge and experience. Today the vegetable-tanned leather merges in itself centuries-old traditional recipes with new modern technologies. The process of converting raw leather into a finished and unique product is relatively slow, takes approximately 40 days and many of the technological steps are carried out entirely by hand with great respect for people and the environment.
The main active ingredient in the vegetative processing of the leather is called tannin. This substance is more or less concentrated in a few species of trees and plants, may be present in their leaves or crust and affects the physical condition of the leather in a unique way. Precisely the tannin gives the leather its unique character by which the vegetable-tanned leather differs from all the other leathers.
In the manufacturing process are used several types of natural tannin extracts. Depending on their origin, they may be powder or liquid. One of the most prominent tannins from antiquity to present day is the extract of chestnut. Another fundamental natural extract is the "quebracho extract" - a tree that grows primarily in Argentina. Components from its crust are often extracted into a powder with distinctive red color. They give the leather warm and light tones, as well as improved durability making the final product more resistant to water and weather.
Only the vegetative processed leather combines unique strength with great softness when worn, extreme durability upon systematic wetting and of course a special care to you and the environment.
Like all natural things the leathers which are made with natural ingredients have their own life. The vegetative treated leathers change over time but always for the better. They are initially lighter, have a gentle touch and good mood, and after a period of aging, they get a little darker, while retaining the warm and silky touch