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Nubuck = Suede

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Could someone tell me the difference between nubuck and suede? It seems to me that they are just two names for the same thing. Thanks.
 

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They look similar, but they are not the same.  Suede is leather that is finished on the flesh or underside of the hide.  Thus you sometimes hear suede referred to as "reverse calf": the other side of calf hide.  (The standard, top, or outer side is the side that is smooth and can be polished to a high gleam.)  Not all suede is calf, but all suede is the flesh or inner side of a skin.  The napped effect is in that sense natural.

NuBuck is leather whose topside has been treated (sort of "scratched") to simulate a sueded, napped effect.
 

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Not intending to be contrary, but I'm not sure this is correct.  From what I understand, Nubuck is leather that has been ground up into a fine powder, blended with a binder and then processed into sheets of uniform thickness.  When I first heard of this it was when I was looking at some Nike shoes.

The only thing that makes me wonder is that I have a pair of Aldens which are very nice and IIRC, they are made from Nubuck.  I wouldn't think alden would use anything other than top quality materials in their shoes.

Anybody know definitively what Nubuck is?
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Just looked this up on the web at dctleathers.com glossary.  Here is what I found:
Nubuck:
Cattle hide leather buffed on the grain side to give a velvety surface; white or coloured.


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