OUR LEATHER

 

WE ONLY USE NATURALLY TANNED VEGETABLE LEATHER

Vegetable tanned leather is the most ethical way to tan leather as opposed to chrome tanning which uses high levels of toxins and chemicals. Perspiration on your little one's foot mixes with the chemicals dyes and heavy metals in normal leather shoes and that mix can be reabsorbed through the skin.  Our ethos is to provide your babies and toddlers with an organic toxic free array of beautiful and fun shoes.

LEATHER CARE

There are a number of factors which influence the final appearance of your leather. Every hide is unique and any variations should not be considered faults but instead unique characteristics.

NAPPA LEATHER 

Our nappa leather is sourced from one of the world’s renowned tanneries which provides its leather to some of the world's leading luxury designer brands.

Our leather is vegetable-tanned and chrome free. This method is the most ethical way to tan leather; as opposed to the widely used chrome tanned leather which uses high levels of toxins and chemicals. Tanning leather in this manner is time consuming and requires a lot of skill. As such, it is a more expensive leather. During the tanning process, the leather is placed in large drums that contain a range of natural tanning ingredients such as wood bark, vegetable extracts and flowers. 

Quality leather “breathes” and that is why we always grant great importance to the choice of the leather. The same care is given to the inside sole which is also in leather in order to absorb the perspiration from the foot.

CAMEL LEATHER

Eli’s Boots are the world’s first makers of baby moccasins using camel leather. Camel hide has about 10 times more fibres in its construction than cow hide. This makes it a lot stronger despite it being very soft and supple. It is three times softer than a normal calf’s skin. 

Described as "the ships of the desert", camels were an essential part of the Bedouins life and tradition. They were and still are a vital means of transportation, and source of food, protection and clothing. The camel's lifespan is often described as one of God's mercies, and can extend up to 40 years.

Our camel leather is sourced from a tannery which is world renowned for its world class tanned camel leather. The tannery utilises the most advanced environmentally friendly technologies and are certified chrome free, toxic free and vegetable tanned.  Unlike other leather tanneries that use synthetic oils to achieve their required softness, our tannery uses natural oils derived from vegetable extracts. The result is 100 per cent unique bio-degradable leather. 

Our leathers take up to 10 weeks to finalise, and require a lot of craftsmanship, patience and respect. We are proud of our leather’s cultural heritage and have  great deal of respect for this most noble material.