What is nubuck leather?
Nubuck leather is essentially full grain leather that’s had its outer surface sanded down. Because most of the natural blemishes on a hide appear on this outer layer, sanding it down gives a smooth, consistent finish.
How is nubuck different from other leathers?
Natural leather is a layered substance. There’s the outer layer with its distinctive shiny texture, and below that are the thicker layers that give the material its strength and flexibility. Full-grain leather uses the whole material (after excess thickness has been removed), and suede is a lower layer with none of the outer surface remaining.
Nubuck takes the best of both layers. Because the outer layer has been removed, what is left is a supple leather with no visible grain, which is also soft to the touch. In many ways, nubuck looks like suede, but squeeze a nubuck shoe and suede one and you’ll instantly feel the difference; nubuck is much sturdier.
How is nubuck leather made?
The process starts with raw hides arriving at the tannery. They are split to produce the two layers described above and then put in the tanning machine where it’s treated to make it into the durable, supple material we know. After drying, it is then softened, dyed and dried again. The outer layer is gently sanded down and after the final treatment, it is applied, the leather is ready to be made into boots.
How should nubuck leather be cared for?
The drawback of nubuck’s beautiful velvety surface is that it can be easily scratched and its absorbent surface means stains can soak in and hold. For that reason, it’s important to keep your nubuck boots clean, and to wipe them down should you splash mud onto them. Timberland boots are coated to offer some protection, but you should get into a routine of regularly cleaning them. We recommend our own Renewbuck® Suede and Nubuck Foam Cleaner. Read more about caring for your boots here.
What are Timberland soles made of?
Our lug soles are made from rubber and come in different colours that complement the style of the upper, the most iconic of which is the honey lug on our iconic Yellow Boot™.
Does Timberland use recycled rubber?
Recycling is an important part of our philosophy and we utilise a vast amount of high quality recycled rubber, particularly in our Earthkeepers footwear collection. The outsoles of these shoes contain around 33% recycled vulcanized tyre rubber, which not only ensures they’re more sustainable but also gives the same benefits as it gives to vehicles: strength, durability and grip. Our aim is to extend this commitment to recycling across our entire range, increasing sustainability while never compromising on quality.