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What’s the difference between crust and aniline leather, and how do differences practically impact wear? I really wish STC’s online customization tool told users a bit about the uppers.
 

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What’s the difference between crust and aniline leather, and how do differences practically impact wear? I really wish STC’s online customization tool told users a bit about the uppers.
They are pretty good about responding to E-mails but in my limited experience, aniline has a more uniform coloring, while crust is a bit variegated. Something about how they are dyed.
 

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What’s the difference between crust and aniline leather, and how do differences practically impact wear? I really wish STC’s online customization tool told users a bit about the uppers.
Main difference is that crust is hand painted by StC to get the color after the tanning process whereas aniline is drum dyed at the tannery so the color completely permeates the leather. With crust you can get more depth and variation of color as the person is effectively working off a blank canvas, whereas with aniline there's already a base color. In so far as differences in how they wear, crust tends to get more noticeable creasing and requires a bit more maintenance.
 

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Main difference is that crust is hand painted by StC to get the color after the tanning process whereas aniline is drum dyed at the tannery so the color completely permeates the leather. With crust you can get more depth and variation of color as the person is effectively working off a blank canvas, whereas with aniline there's already a base color. In so far as differences in how they wear, crust tends to get more noticeable creasing and requires a bit more maintenance.
Indeed, regarding maintenance. EG, for example, a lot more difficult to maintain than say Vass. But with aniline, can the shoemaker still do additional work on top of that and how often is that done? For example, antiquing. Or is the answer automatically no and that's why we don't see any antiquing on Vass shoes?
 

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Main difference is that crust is hand painted by StC to get the color after the tanning process whereas aniline is drum dyed at the tannery so the color completely permeates the leather. With crust you can get more depth and variation of color as the person is effectively working off a blank canvas, whereas with aniline there's already a base color. In so far as differences in how they wear, crust tends to get more noticeable creasing and requires a bit more maintenance.
What he said 👆🏻. I would go so far as to say requires much more maintenance.

The crust leather is dyed in house so the color is not steadfast. Consequently, the shoes will look more "antiqued" or used without continuous maintenance.

If you are like myself, you are too lazy for that sort of upkeep. Hence, I stay on the Aniline train 😊.
 

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