Spring | Summer 2021

Pigskin | Truly Unique

While leather can come from a wide range of animals, the pig provides a truly unique leather. Pigskin is special because – unlike other animal skins – it breathes through many tiny pores, which allowed the animal to keep the body cool in summer and comfortable in cold weather. Pigskin is also tough and durable, and, with some assistance from Wolverine Leathers, can be soft and beautiful.

Color Story

Sustainable ClassicsExplore

Underlined by BlackExplore

Virtual DimensionExplore

Minimalist RevivalExplore

New Introductions

BerkleyExplore

MysticExplore

JasperExplore

GraftonExplore

GramercyExplore

TribecaExplore

TangoExplore

Horizon

Better Leather...
To Protect the Planet.

More and more people are calling pigskin the "greener" leather. Even before hides enter the tanning drum, pigskin has significant environmental and sustainability benefits over cowhide.

It's the difference between cows and pigs, actually. Compared to pigs, cattle, by weight:

  • Use three times more land and four times more water
  • Produce six times more greenhouse gasses and four times more nitrous oxide, ammonia and Reactive N gasses

Finally, one cow (from birth to harvest) produces more methane than 450 pigs (from birth to harvest).

If you are building a truly sustainable platform, pigskin can play an important part in that initiative. Why consider a sustainability platform? For one, a 2017 Neilsen study, 66% of U.S. shoppers would pay a premium for brands that make sustainable product. And "green" leather means cleaner product. Nature says so.

How can sustainability fit into your brand identity? How should it? Consider Wolverine Worldwide Leathers Horizon collections of upper and lining leathers:

  • Metal-Free (MF) upper and lining leathers
  • C2C traceability to source: Humane harvesting
  • Environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic tanning: Easy on the foot and its footprint
  • Stable supply chain: Consistent, high quality
  • No compromise in product quality

Choose to refuse more metals in footwear by selecting Horizon, our hypoallergenic, metal-free pigskin lining for your footwear. Made without chrome, aldehydes, salt, inorganic acids or vegetables, Horizon is RSL, REACH, ZDHC, and Blue Sign compliant.

HorizonExplore

Horizon Full-Grain LiningExplore

Horizon Glazed Split LiningExplore

Horizon Split Suede LiningExplore

Innovation

Pig IronExplore

SpringbuckExplore

Heritage Leathers

ShagExplore

Colorfast ShagExplore

Weather Tight WaterproofExplore

SilkeeExplore

Silkee WaterproofExplore

CuddleExplore

Summer NubuckExplore

Colorfast PlushExplore

FirefighterExplore

WarriorExplore

HogwashExplore

Current Season

Sustainable Classics

As sustainability takes the forefront, bedrock and earth tones see a growing importance. They offer a grounded feel in a virtual world. These tones offer both versatility and sustainability, as they work year-round in a growing transseasonal world.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavilty soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Underlined by Black

An ode to activewear, black continues to drive this scene. This group of colors focuses on summer tones of greens, teals and whites, underlined in black. This gives an unexpected edge and fresh look to this group.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavilty soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Virtual Dimension

Brights continue with vengeance, but they evolve becoming more saturated and having an energetic edge and acidic hue. They are inspired by the virtual world. Mixing and matching these unexpected colors or taking one color and using all over as a single-color statement is part of capturing this look.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavilty soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Minimalist Revival

Pale neutrals take the place of pastels giving this look a mature ugrade. This color range offers a serene, sophisticated and rich feel to these summer neutrals. Use these colors in all over applications, or with hits of the pale blue.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavilty soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Berkley

New this season, we are now able to expand our product range and offer finished articles. Berkley is our take on pigskin nappa. It has a round hand, and takes color exceptionally well.

Royal Blue

Description

Berkley is a pigskin nappa that has a soft hand and a unique break. There is a medium shine, with a waxy touch.

Product Placement

Suitable for both men's and women's styles. It would work great in athletic silhouettes as well as summer casuals.

Shoe Finish Procedure

Shoe luster can be restored with a clear shoe cream, and brush.

Skin Size

8 - 12 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Mystic

An elevated take on our traditional nubuck leathers. Mystic offers a white wax finish with burnish properties, giving this leather an antique look.

Description

White wax finished leather that offers a casual look for the spring summer seasons. It has an added bonus of being burnishable.

Product Placement

Great for men's and women's casuals.

Shoe Finish Procedures

To burnish this leather use a horse hair brush at 500 rpm.

Skin Size

5 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Jasper

New this season, an elevated take on one of our core nubucks. Jasper has burnishing wax in the tannage, allowing you to add some added personality in finished product.

Description

Jasper is a medium soft nubuck with an elegant touch, and stuffed with burnishing waxes.

Product Placement

Suitable for men's and women's product.

Shoe finish Procedures

Burnish witha cotton wheel and carnauba wax.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Grafton

New this season, this is a truly special article. Grafton is a genuine shrunken full grain pigskin leather.

Description

A genuine shrunken full grain pigskin leather with a medium sheen. There will be varying grain patterns throughout the skin.

Product Placement

Suitable for men's and women's shoes and boots.

Shoe finish Procedures

To restore luster after shoe making, cream and brush. Note, silicon treatments are not suitable for this leather.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6mm
1.6 - 1.8mm

Gramercy

New this season. Gramercy offers a refined look, with its glazed finish and milled break. Bring character to your footwear.

Description

A glazed leather with a distressed break. The break will vary throughout the extremes of the skin from backbone to bellies.

Product Placement

Great for men's dress shoes, and women's casual and dress.

Shoe finish Procedures

The wax is reactice at a temperature of 60c. This leather is not suitable for silicon treatments.

Skin Size

5 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Tribeca

New this season, Tribeca is a great chrome free casual leather. It has a spongy hand, and unique break. It will work great in your summer casuals.

Description

A milled leather with a spongy hand that has raised dark tips, giving the leather an antique two-tone effect.

Product Placement

Great for men's and women's casuals.

Shoe finish Procedures

To restore luster, cream and brush. Silicon treatments are not suitable for this leather.

Skin Size

8 - 12 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6mm
1.6 - 1.8mm

Tango

A fun leather for spring/summer! This leather is double dyed and is a sandwich nubuck. The grain and flesh sides are the same color, while the core is contrasting This leather is great for raw edges, and perf'd shoes.

Description

This leather is a nubuck sandwich dyed leather, with two contrasting colors on a chrome free tannage. The dark shade is suitable for the outside and the lighter shade for the inside color.

Product Placement

Suitable for men's and women's product with raw edges and perf's.

Shoe finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed clean with a stiff dry brush.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6mm

Horizon

Leather now has an eco-friendlier option! Silicone provides water resistance to this bio-degradable pigskin nubuck, and starting with organic wet white means the color range is clear and crisp.

Description

Silkee Soft Nubuck made on an eco friendly tannage free of minerals. Most akin to the skin.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the high end eco friendly footwear market segments.

Shoe finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry brush.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Horizon Full-Grain Lining

Details focus on the environment without compromising wear-comfort for the customer. This lining was designed with Wolverine Leathers' Chrome-Free Nubuck "HORIZON" in mind. The leathers work together to create one of the most environentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Semi-Shiny Leather, Milled Character, Aniline Finish, Full-Grain.

Description

A soft natural grain lining leather. Tanned without the usage of any metals, aldehydes, vegetable, salts, or inorganic acids with an average size of 12-16 sf. Details focus on the environment without compromising wear-comfort for the customer.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Mens's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Skin Size

16 sf / skin

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8mm

Horizon Glazed Split Lining

Details focus on the environment without compromising wear-comfort for the customer. This lining was designed with Wolverine Leathers' Chrome-Free Nubuck "HORIZON" in mind. The leathers work together to create one of the most environentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Semi-Shiny, Waxy Character, Split Suede.

Description

A medium soft finished lining with a natural gloss & silicone touch minimizing abrasion with the foot. Tanned without the usage of any metals, aldehydes, vegetable, salts, or inorganic acids with an average size of 8-10 sf.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Mens's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Skin Size

9 sf / skin

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8mm

Horizon Split Suede Lining

Details focus on the envirnment without compromising wear-comfort for the customer. This lining was designed with Wolverine Leathers' Chrome-Free Nubuck "HORIZON" in mind. The leathers work together to create one of the most environentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Dull Luster, Milled Character, Split Suede.

Description

A soft Suede lining leather. Tanned without the usage of any metals, aldehydes, vegetable, salts, or inorganic acids with an average size of 8-10 sf. Horizon Suede Lining has an elegant mild nap.

Product Placement

Suitable for men's and women's product with raw edges and perf's.

Skin Size

9 sf / skin

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8mm

Pig Iron

Pig Iron is designed to fuse to polyester and poly-blend footwear, creating an ultra lightweight leather and textile upper. Pig Iron delivers to the factory as a complete package with application directions included.

Description

Specially treated leather with a micronic hot melt film layer that enable designers go for a "NO SEW" construction.

Product Placement

Suitable for No Sew construction under laminating conditions of 120˚C/50 kg/30 sec.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

0.8 - 1.0mm

Springbuck

Make your silhouettes spring. We've combined nubuck and spandex to create a new tool for your design palette. Imagine leather with up to 150% stretch recovery. That's Springbuck.

Springbuck combines a thin layer nubuck suede with stretchy spandex, directly in the tanning drum. The result is a composite material that is very elastic to ensure the restoring forces are retained without the leather being over-stretched. Not only does it prevent permanent expansion of leather due to movement and body heat, but it ensures that foot-hugging properties remain.

Looking to lighten a profile, upgrade a synthetic or spandex-only design? Springbuck is more than a stretch. It may be the design breakthrough you've been looking for.

Description

Springbuck is a soft, stretchable nubuck leather that stretches up to 150% of its original size and returns back to its original condition without loss of shape. The stretch can be repeated up to 200 times without any structural changes.

Product Placement

A perfect choice for designers looking to replace synthetic spandex and increase aesthetic values with real leather. Suitable for gusset, gloving or slip-on construction.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush.

Skin Size

3 - 4.5 sf / skin

Thickness Available

0.8 - 1.0mm

* 0.5 / 0.6 mm leather is composite with 0.3 mm stretch fabric for a final working thickness of 0.8 to 1.0 mm.

Shag

Shag is our opening price point leather, built to last, available in a wide range of colors. For higher performance, please see Colorfast Shag.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Colorfast Shag

Colorfast Shag is one of our best selling leathers! Colorfast Shag allows for saturated colors without the worry of color migration. One of our classic leathers elevated.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant touch and excellent writing effect with high dry and wet crock properties.

Product Placement

Suitable for high end Men's, Women's, and Children's unlined shoes and can be rest assured for color bleeding on to the socks.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Weather Tight Waterproof

Weather Tight® Waterproof is made to take you from the city streets to the trail without having to change footwear. Waterproof to keep you dry in wet conditions.

Created by Wolverine in 1983.

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant touch and excellent writing effect with high dry and wet crock properties.

Product Placement

Suitable for high end Men's, Women's, and Children's unlined shoes and can be rest assured for color bleeding on to the socks.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Silkee

Sikee® is a refined and luxurious pigskin nubuck, softer than Breathin' Brushed. It has a rich nap and is suited for all casual/dress/outdoor/athletic footwear. Silkee® was invented by Wolverine. Be sure you are buying the original!

Description

Soft Nubuck with an elegant silkee touch and excellent writing effect made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.0 - 1.2mm
1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Silkee Waterproof

Silkee® Waterproof is a refined and luxurious pigskin nubuck, softer than Shag. It has a rich nap suited for all casual, dress, outdoor, and athletic footwear. Silkee® Waterproof was invented by Wolverine. Be sure you buy the original!

Description

Soft Nubuck with an elegant touch and waterproof and oil resistance effect for outdoor Men's and Women's lined shoes.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Cuddle

Cuddle is or softest and most luxurious nubuck with a nap that is almost like velvet. You will want to feature Cuddle in any lifestyle product that will make the red carpet.

Description

Luxurious leather with excellent softness achieved using specially developed enzymes to break the collagen fibrils.

Product Placement

Snuggle is the most soft leather in the range of pig nubuck ideal of sneakers / Kids casuals.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.0 - 1.2mm
1.2 - 1.4mm

Summer Nubuck

Summer Nubuck is a soft nubuck that offers a classic pig nubuck look with the benefits of being PFC free. This article is available in a wide range of color, and holds color depth beautifully. It will work well in a wide variety of shoes from athletic to summer casuals. For styles that require sandal straps and pignubuck footbeds, we have two additional articles. The article for sandal straps is Sandal Suede, and the article for footbeds is Colorfast Summer Suede. Please inquire if you would like to review these additional articles.

Description

Medium soft nubuck with an elegent silkee touch and excellent writing effect that is made on small pig skins.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.0 - 1.2mm
1.2 - 1.4mm
1.4 - 1.6mm

Colorfast Plush

Colorfast Plush is built for the curious baby by utilizing color-migration resistance of the highest level without a rigid temper. Strict RSL compliance is met with this leather to ensure safety from even the most saturated of colros.

Sheen Pink

Description

Medium Soft Nubuck with an elegant touch and excellent writing effect with high dry and wet crock properties.

Product Placement

Suitable for making high end Infant shoes where parents can be rest assured for color bleeding on to saliva.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4mm

Firefighter

Firefighter is made for the dirtiest of jobs. A resistance list built for multiple industries, this is our most resistant leather available. Waterproof protection is available for Firefighter. We can match colors for NASCAR, Grande Prix, or any team motorsport.

Description

Nubuck treated with special polymers providing fire resistance and water resistance.

Product Placement

Suitable for robust industrial boots and riding boots.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6mm

Warrior

Warrior was created for the US Armed Services, but is available to everyone. Protective against many fluids, waterproof, and available in a wide range of colors. Also made in the USA.

Description

Warrior is a USA military approved waterproof pigskin nubuck for high breathability, water, oil, fungal resistance.

Product Placement

Production of Men's lined footwear for excellent protection of feet from extreme weather conditions.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6mm

Hogwash

Hogwash is fully machine washable pigskin nubuck leather that is bleed-resistant, colorfast, and washfast. The leather has been washed twice in a 30 degree C cycle with a mild soap (non phosphate). The test method to follow is IUF 423 (ISO 15703).

Description

Medium soft nubuck specially treated with hifast dyes to retain two washes in a domestic washing machine with water.

Product Placement

Production of Women's and Men's lined footwear for the casual, sport, and athletic market segments.

Shoe Finish Procedures

Shoe is brushed off with a clean stiff dry bristle brush. If heavily soiled, wash with a mild soap, such as Wolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.0 - 1.2mm
1.2 - 1.4mm