Leather helps to create quality shoes that last. The leathers we use in our products offer durability, flexibility, breathability and softness to create premium, quality footwear.

Our product specialists carefully select the correct leather, nubuck or suede to match the category and character of each shoe we make. It’s to ensure that the product looks great, feels comfortable, is fit for purpose and fits beautifully.


LWG Assurance (Leather Working Group)

Leather Working Group is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world’s leading environmental certification in the leather manufacturing industry. Since 2005, LWD has identified best environmental practices within the industry and provided guidelines for continual improvement.

Simply put, our leathers are LWG-approved. Meaning our leathers are ethical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable.

Hotter classics

Our eight Hotter classic leathers are the ones we use widely across our footwear collections for their quality and durability. Each has a special place in our leather portfolio, offering specific features and benefits relevant to the shoes or boots we make with them.

Hotter Softy Leather


Hotter Softy leather is exclusive to Hotter, being the widely used leather in our collection. It is tumbled to enhance its natural grain and sourced from only the finest imported hides.

It’s soft yet extremely durable with a premium, rich, quality feel. It has a natural full grain to enhance its appearance and offers a subtle two-tone look across certain colours, which beautifully enhances the look and feel to our casual women’s shoes. Due to the tanning process and the way we finish our leather, Hotter Softy leather is an ideal material for any type of weather, being durable in wet weather with water resistant properties.

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It's time to shake up your look with Shake II. With a full leather footbed and closed counter, this comfortable Mary Jane is made for everyday comfort. Slip into a redesigned soft leather binding, collar, and interior for the utmost breathability and find quick, adjustability with its touch-close fastening strap.

Vintage Leather


Our Vintage Leather has a unique lustre, with rich undertones and soft pull up. The leather boasts a beautiful grain with a characterful appearance, which means that the older it gets, the better it gets. We use Vintage Leather because it is hardwearing, durable and gives our casual shoes a quality, rugged, casual appeal.

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For those who love both sandals and support, Shore strikes the perfect balance between the two. This closed-toe Mary Jane was such a success last Summer, we've brought it back for another season, now with brand-new khaki and blue leather options ideal for season-long styling.

Velvet Nubuck


Velvet Nubuck is made from the finest hides and has a softly buffed surface with no grain, creating a beautifully soft nubuck and a super-fine nap and handwriting effect, which is really soft to the touch. It’s widely used across collections, in either soft pastels, neutral tones or with rich, vibrant colours.

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Great for dressing up or dressing down, this beautifully designed shoe offers maximum breathability with a fully perforated upper. One step above the average sandal, this low wedge features Cushion+ technology and is packed with clever cushioning for maximised comfort all day long.

Soft Suede


Suede is leather that has been buffed on the inside to create a luxurious napped finish. The result is an extremely soft, supremely flexible and breathable product. Made perfect for our soft, slouchy casual styles and warm, cosy slippers. It also adds a premium touch to formal heels and smart-casual flats. Our suede is double-dyed to achieve quality, rich, deep tones.

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This classic elegant loafer, crafted with soft suedes and leathers, will see you through the season in style. Surround your feet in blissful comfort thanks to Reef's super soft, supple leather linings, a soft leather padded footbed and a durable outsole.

Satin Touch Leather


Satin Touch is our softest leather, supremely crafted on a lightweight base to achieve a beautifully soft, smooth product that is tender to the touch. This leather is used across some of our bestselling styles. The character of the leather is smooth and exceptionally supple, making it ideal for everyday casual styles. Satin Touch metallic is our most premium metallic leather, offering light, bright and muted tones on an ultra-soft base.

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With leather covered OrthoLite® insoles and Cushion+ technology's high energy return from FreeSole and Infinergy® , you can go further for longer. A fit that moves with you, Daisy has a discreet inside elasticated panel and is flexible in wear, whilst an easy side zip allows for quick and easy closure.

Oil Aqua Nubuck


Oil Aqua Nubuck has a soft feel with a two-tone finish. Our product specialists specify this material for shoes and boots that include GORE-TEX technology, so it’s tried, tested, and approved by our technical partner GORE®. Guaranteed waterproof and perfect for the great outdoors. Expect this rugged nubuck to look better with wear.

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This versatile walking boot with built-in support from Stability+ technology and waterproof GORE-TEX technology provides a dry, fresh and comfortable wear. This boot offers cushioning from a dual-density OrthoLite® foam to go farther and for longer while providing deeper cushioning from a dual-density insole.

Aqua Suede


Aqua Suede is enhanced with GORE-TEX product technology, ensuring that its application on our waterproof shoes and boots keep water out and keep feet inside warm and dry. Durable and breathable, Aqua Suede helps to create a quality walking shoe.

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With Stability+ technology supporting your heel, Mist GTX is made to help you stand tall and strong. With energy-returning FreeSole, a dual-density OrthoLite® foam insole, and breathable GORE-TEX product technology, this shoe will keep you dry, fresh, and comfortable all day long.

Polished Leather


Characterised by its smooth finish and tight grain, Polished Leather is durable and of high quality. Polished Leather is crafted from high quality hides immersed in dye to ensure maximum saturation. Its rich colouring makes it ideal for our premium men’s smart-casual styles.

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Burton II's plump, soft leathers are durable for a long-lasting wear while the breathable leather and textile lining keeps your foot cool and fresh. Its seam-free toe box helps to create a clean, dressier look, while its padded collar and tongue offers extra cushioning and support to the ankle.

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