- Apr 10, 2011
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The Crown Northampton's are truly a step beyond other high end sneakers. I watched a video where two pairs (one cordovan and one veg tanned) were deconstructed down to the bones. The quality of construction and materials (bark tanned leather for the toe and heel stiffeners!) used in them is stupendous.The point with leather sneakers is that most aren’t made of full grain leather. Most sneakers including common project are made of chrome tanned leather. A chemical process which improves whitening of the leather, adds toughens and makes it more durable. Therefore it’s not necessary to condition leather sneakers. Cleaning them with a product like Jason Markk suffices. Dirty leather and soles can be restored and whitened by brushing with a solution of plain white toothpaste. Other than that sneakers don’t require much maintenance. Wiping with a damp cloth is enough to remove dirt. Actually there are very few manufacturers that produce vegetable tanned full grain leather sneakers. The firm Crown Northampton being one of them. They even produce cordovan sneakers which can cost up to a thousand dollars.