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How to spot Corrected Grain Leather

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pitboss12, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. pitboss12

    pitboss12 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. kryn13

    kryn13 Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious as well. Right now the only answer I know is 'go look in my closet'.
     
  3. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. Tarmac

    Tarmac Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  5. navysuede

    navysuede Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  6. pitboss12

    pitboss12 Well-Known Member

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    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.


    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.
     
  7. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Well-Known Member

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

    Tarmac Well-Known Member

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    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:

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    and so is this:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. yfyf

    yfyf Well-Known Member

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    but they look so comfortable
     
  10. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    It hurts the eyes!

    Take it down, take it down![​IMG]
     
  11. meister

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    Do Churchs use corrected grain/binder? I have a pair with immoveable scuffing. That usually indicates CG right?
     
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    Yes, unfortunately Church's uses corrected grain on some of their shoes.
     
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    Do Churchs use corrected grain/binder? I have a pair with immoveable scuffing. That usually indicates CG right?
     
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    Yes, unfortunately Church's uses corrected grain on some of their shoes.
     
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    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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    You are right, although I don't know if I'd describe the difference in exactly that way. What you tend to get is a degree of delamination as the shoes crease, so the creasing is less natural.
     
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    It's like the difference between canvassed and fused jackets.

    Buy yourself some used AEs on eBay. You'll never have any trouble telling the difference between FG and CG leather again.
     
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    does the SF Studio line use corrected grain?
     
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    I have a stupid question: do calfskin / cordovan always mean FG? or they can still be CG? Thanks!
     
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    If it says calf, it should be full grain. Unless they qualify it by saying something like "top grain calf" or "binder polished calf", or they could just lie to you. I've seen various grade of cordovan as well. some very shiny, some very deep.

    in the end your own eyes are your best judgment.
     

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