Why we are pro-leather in footwear:
Sylven New York began as a leather based brand and it’s a material with amazing properties, especially for footwear. When sourced properly like in the traceable and award-winning tanneries that we partner with, leather is a byproduct. That means that the hides in use are leftover from the meat industry, one of Italy's largest exports. The tanneries that we source our leathers from are also located in the same Tuscan region as our factories keeping all of our production localized, traceable, and accountable.
In terms of physical properties, leather is durable, and is one of the most long-lasting and comfortable materials you can use to make shoes. In fact, leather often gets better with age. Additionally, leather is a breathable and malleable material, molding to and moving with the foot.
Perhaps most importantly, leather can be biodegradable. As creators, understanding the product and material lifecycle of each of our shoes is our responsibility, and one we don't take lightly. Leathers that have been tanned, dyed, and treated naturally will break down and decompose.