Autumn | Winter 2020/2021

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.

Horizon Nubuck

We here at Wolverine Leathers have interpreted what we feel to be the key color stories for Fall 2020. These stories are grouped into four themes, and featured in our Horizon Nubuck.

Horizon is a silkee soft nubuck made on an eco friendly tannage free of minerals. Most akin to the skin. Silicone provides water resistance to this bio-degradable pigskin nubuck, and starting with organic wet white means the color range is clear and crisp, making it the perfect choice to feature our color story.

Production of women's and men's footwear for the high end, eco friendly market segments.

Shoes can be brushed off with a clean stiff bristle brush.

Soft TechExplore

Field and StreamExplore

Ad-Hoc ChicExplore

AcademiaExplore

Metal-Free Horizon Lining

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.

Full GrainExplore

Corrected GrainExplore

Split SuedeExplore

New Introductions

Small CorduroyExplore

BohoExplore

Quilt EmbossExplore

GemstoneExplore

AztecExplore

Perf #400Explore

SerpentExplore

Heritage Leathers

SpringbuckExplore

Pig IronExplore

Summer Nubuck WRExplore

Colorfast Summer Nubuck WRExplore

Breathin' Brushed Nubuck WRExplore

Breathin' Brushed WPExplore

Weatherside WPExplore

Snuggle WRExplore

Colorfast Lush WRExplore

FirewallExplore

DefenderExplore

Soft Tech

To flow freely and fluidly – an ode to minimal and seamless design, practicality and enchantment. Clean lines, a soft touch, and lunar lights are paired with high performance articles with a soft hand. Offering complete serenity to a busy environment. Colors in this group are soft and rich, offering an everyday naturalness.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm

Field and Stream

A wondrous wander through the woods, embracing autumn pops paired with somber color hits. Texture, florals and workwear are important to capture the essence of this story. Colors in this group are rich and pair well with pops of autumn brights.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm

Ad-Hoc Chic

Derived from the age of social media, make it yours! Mix and match to stand out from the crowd and create your own style. Colors in this group are bold and vibrant. Mixing and matching unexpected colors is an important part of capturing this style.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm

Academia

An intellectual approach to living, with a contemporary feel while being rooted in antiquity. Colors in this group are soft, with a modern feel. Shades of earth tones, shades of aqua and beige are important in this group.

Skin Size

4 – 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 – 1.4mm

Full Grain

Eco-Friendly Leather

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 environnent without compromising wear-comfort for the customer.

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

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 environmentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Article Specific Features

Average Skin: 16 sf, Aniline Finish, Semi-Shiny Leather, Full-Grain, Milled Character

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8 mm

Corrected Grain

Eco-Friendly Leather

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.

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

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 environmentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Article Specific Features

Average Skin: 9 sf, Pigment Finish, Semi-Shiny Luster, Corected Grain, Waxy Character

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8 mm

Split Suede

Eco-Friendly Leather

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

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

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 environmentally friendly leather package options for designers.

Article Specific Features

Average Skin: 9 sf, Buffed Finish, Dull Luster, Suede/Split Grain, Milled Character

Thickness Available

0.6 - 0.8 mm

Small Corduroy

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

A modern take on a classic corduroy, with a faint emboss of lines throughout the leather.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Boho

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

A three dimensional raffia print on pigskin nubuck. This look will give your shoes texture and dimension.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Quilt Emboss

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

A quilt pattern on pigskin nubuck, bringing a fresh look to a pattern on leather.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Gemstone

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

A small scale repeat pattern in a variety of geometric shapes.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Aztec

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

An intricate basket weave emboss with a small repeat, bringing texture to your product.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Perf #400

Market

Casual, Sport, or Athleisure.

Features

A faux perf effect that is actually an emboss. It is a great take on perf 's for fall silhouettes.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Serpent

Market

Men's and Women's Casual and Athleisure. Pairs well with Summer Nubuck WR.

Features

A multidimensional snakeskin emboss on pigskin nubuck.

Weight

1.2 - 1.4 mm

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.

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 - 1.0 mm*

* 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.

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.

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 - 1.0 mm

Summer Nubuck WR

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

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4 mm
1.4 - 1.6 mm

Colorfast Summer Nubuck WR

Colorfast Summer Nubuck WR is one of our best selling leathers! Colorfast Summer Nubuck WR allows for saturated colors without the worry of color migration. Our classic leather elevated.

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4 mm
1.4 - 1.6 mm

Breathin' Brushed Nubuck WR

Breathin' Brushed Nubuck WR 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. Breathin' Brushed Nubuck WR was invented by Wolverine. Be sure you are buying the original!

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

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

Breathin' Brushed WP

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

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4 mm
1.4 - 1.6 mm

Weatherside WP

Weatherside WP 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.

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4 mm
1.4 - 1.6 mm

Snuggle WR

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

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.0 - 1.2 mm
1.2 - 1.4 mm

Colorfast Lush WR

Colorfast Lush WR 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 colors.

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.2 - 1.4 mm

Firewall

Firewall 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 Firewall. We can match colors for NASCAR, Grande Prix, or any team motorsport.

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6 mm

Defender

Defender 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.

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

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 Woolite® and air dry.

Skin Size

4 - 7 sf / skin

Thickness Available

1.4 - 1.6 mm