Our Leather

Lex&Liv Footwear is made from the finest non-toxic, vegetable tanned cowhide. They are chrome-free and formaldehyde free. Our moccasins are extremely soft and breathable. Many of the color options are obtained using vegetable tannins and do not contain dyestuff; all other colors are obtained using only food grade dyes.

Because the leather is not sealed in acrylic, the moccasins are more breathable, and less conducive to discomfort caused by sweating but they may be slightly more prone to absorbing liquid, so do not allow them to become wet.

Vegetable tanned leather improves with age. Over time, it may darken slightly and develop a rich patina.

Some commonly asked questions about the leather we use.

How is Lex&Liv's veg tanned leather different from traditional chrome tanned leather?

We use a premium vegetable tanned leather. It is extremely soft and supple. One major difference in appearance between our leather and mainstream leather is that ours is not corrected or coated in acrylic. Most leather manufacturers buff the leather to remove any evidence of scarring, which effectively removes the visibility of the grain. After the leather is buffed, it is coated in polyurethane or acrylates, which prevents the leather from breathing. When leather doesn't breath, it causes sweating. We know you will note the difference in the breathability of our moccasins. 

Is Chrome tanned leather toxic?

The answer is: we don't know. Though the chromium salts used in chrome tanned leather are thought to be harmless, and the leather is tested to ensure chromium stays within safe levels, the toxic version of chromium can be activated in the presence of sweat. Because sweating is very likely in acrylic sealed leathers, there is the potential for toxicity. Chrome tanned leather is also not readily biodegradable and, unlike our vegetable tanned leather, the tanning process is devastating to the environment.

Caring for leather moccasins

Our moccasins are intended for indoor use as well as outdoors in dry conditions. Avoid wetting your moccasins. Should they become saturated with water, tightly fill them with a paper towel to maintain their shape as they dry. With repeated wear, the stiffness should resolve, although the softness may be altered.

To clean your leather moccasins, wipe with a damp cloth or non-greasy baby wipe. For more challenging stains, use a damp cloth and saddle soap.

Caring for suede moccasins

Should suede moccasins become muddy, be sure to let them dry before attempting to clean them. Use a suede brush to remove surface dirt. For tougher stains, use a damp cloth with white vinegar. Buff the grain with a suede brush once dry. 

Oily stains can be sprinkled with cornstarch and left overnight. Vacuum and repeat as necessary.

For more information, please see our FAQ'S