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Military Footwear Leather

Military footwear leathers often require the very best in performance and technologies that a tannery can offer.

Typically the leathers are in the 2.0 mm range for thickness, and must have key requirements that have to be fulfilled. Usually each specific military from individual countries possess a technical specification for the materials used and the actual design and construction of their footwear.

There are a few variations though. Typically the colour is allied to the region in which military operations or training are currently occurring in. At present with so much happening in the arid areas of the world, the greatest request is for a desert style colour theme. Different surface effects are often stipulated: Full Grain, Nubuck, Suede, etc. Again we can source all of these as requested.

Water resistance is one characteristic that is mandatory and typically it is the dynamic water resistance tests that are requested. What we are acutely aware of is the fact that these leathers must stand the test of time. On too many occasions we have been brought in to situations to comment upon where a manufacturer has purchased leather that has passed the laboratory test, but only to find that the technology used is rather superficial and after just a few days the water resistance effect has diminished. Our testing works on repeated wetting and drying cycles, and also analyses that the cross-section of the leather is fully treated instead of a simple surface treatment.

But in addition consideration must be paid to the breathability and rate of drying out of these leathers.This is especially true on how the leathers are to be used in the construction of the footwear.

Another aspect we consider is the thermal operation aspects of the leather, and in particular focus on whether a reinforcing perspiration resistant tannage system is required, due to the high volumes of sweat generated by the foot during exercise. This feature again can be stipulated into the performance of the leather.

The strength, abrasion and dimensional stability are also key topics that are strictly reviewed. These leathers need to have low stretching deformation characteristics to ensure that the fit remains stable throughout the life of the boot, whilst also being able to support the huge strains passed on to the material as the soldier is loaded up with heavy equipment and during military exercises.

Finally we comment upon the softness of the leather. Typically in the past soldiers would grimace at a new set of boots. Blisters and calluses would often result of a poor leather used in a poor footwear construction. It is important to remember that an army marches on it's feet (and stomachs!) and that quality footwear is a pre-requisite in modern times. It is for this reason that we ensure the leathers used are of a specific softness, to overcome these issues as much as possible.

We also have access to two very skilled manufacturing operations for military footwear.

Dr Leather Ltd knows good military footwear leathers. If you would like our help please contact us: info@drleather.com

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