Originally Posted by timpoblete
^^^Thanks. Sorry, but I'm a shoe novice. What does "full grain" mean?
Another one of those things that only matter because we read styleforum. Maybe ignorance was bliss.
Originally Posted by sf wiki
Correct Grain Leather: This leather is of the cheaper variety and is used mainly is cheaper shoes. The leather is sanded to remove any imperfections then dyed to and pigmented to cover up the sanding process. This leather is sometimes referred to as topgrain leather.
Full Grain: Full grain leather is a leather where the natural patterns of the grains have not been altered in anyway. It simply has had the hair removed and has been dyed. It is often and should be used in any quality shoe.
Full grain looks... grainy up close.