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How to spot Corrected Grain Leather

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to raise my shoe IQ through reading posts on SF. I know that corrected grain leather is a four letter word here. My question is how can I spot corrected grain leather on shoes. What are the tell tale signs? I've learned from SF that going to a higher price range does not guarantee that you'll get shoes made with quality leather.

Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 33
I'm curious as well. Right now the only answer I know is 'go look in my closet'.
post #3 of 33
From pictures alone it is difficult. But corrected grain leather tends to be "shinier", very free of blemish, very plasticky looking.

Up close, you would not see the tiny pores of the leather (leather is skin, afterall), and again, very blemish-free look, shiny, plasticky.

You are correct that paying more does not guarantee no corrected grain, but usually does though.
post #4 of 33
It looks like dull patent leather.

If you would like tickets to The Parade Of Black Corrected Grain, go to Macy's mens dress shoe section.
post #5 of 33
Corrected grain leather will almost always have several layers of dye/pigment
on the surface to cover up all the imperfections..which by the way would be
sprayed on.Some characteristics of this type of leather would be a harder waxy
feel with a high gloss almost favoring a patent leather but not quite.While on
your search for better grade footwear remember that with the exception of
exotic skins most footwear in this catagory will be made of calfskin and aniline
dyed*.(dyes that actually soak through the skin and not just sprayed on the surface)
Good Luck
post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for the info. I kind of get the idea from the descriptions. Unfortunately, I think I may have a pair of shoes with the offending leather in my closet.

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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post

If you would like tickets to The Parade Of Black Corrected Grain, go to Macy's mens dress shoe section.

I knew there was a reason I could never bring myself to buy shoes at Macy's.

Is corrected grain easier to see in brown or tan shoes?

Thanks.
post #7 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
If you would like tickets to The Parade Of Black Corrected Grain, go to Macy's mens dress shoe section.
aka The Alfani Store.
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by pitboss12 View Post
Thanks to everyone for the info. I kind of get the idea from the descriptions. Unfortunately, I think I may have a pair of shoes with the offending leather in my closet.



I knew there was a reason I could never bring myself to buy shoes at Macy's.

Is corrected grain easier to see in brown or tan shoes?

Thanks.

It's easier to see in colored shoes, as it makes an artificially perfect, even tone. But, it's more common in black, but I guess black shoes overall are more common, as every college grad seems to go out and get a pair of black poon-hunting shoes.

However, it can be fairly subtle sometimes, I don't think it's as obvious as leather vs. pleather, wool vs. polyester.

This is pure stereotypical corrected grain right here:



and so is this:

post #9 of 33
but they look so comfortable
post #10 of 33
It hurts the eyes!

Take it down, take it down!
post #11 of 33
Do Churchs use corrected grain/binder? I have a pair with immoveable scuffing. That usually indicates CG right?
post #12 of 33
Yes, unfortunately Church's uses corrected grain on some of their shoes.
post #13 of 33
Do Churchs use corrected grain/binder? I have a pair with immoveable scuffing. That usually indicates CG right?
post #14 of 33
Yes, unfortunately Church's uses corrected grain on some of their shoes.
post #15 of 33
Am I right in thinking corrected grain wrinkles differently? The creased areas on cheaper shoes seem to consist of more numerous, finer wrinkles. Perhaps I'm imagining it...
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