Due to their high cost oak bark leather soles are used in only the very finest shoes, including all Bradshaw and Lloyd's Benchmade Collection. But what are they? Oak bark tanning uses the classical oak-bark method, obviously. A naturally pure tanning method taking place in old, three-meter deep oak lined pits. This method uses exclusively vegetable tanning agents in the form of barks and fruits. The process normally lasts between nine and twelve months, depending on the hide thickness. The leather is tanned without mechanical movement, without raising temperatures and without adding chemical catalysts.
Besides other advantages, this proves to be very lightweight due to the long tanning duration ensuring that the hide absorbs only the amount of tanning agent absolutely necessary. Oak-bark tanned leather possesses unique properties: it is extremely hard wearing, tough, as well as flexible, making a comfortable sole of outstanding solidity, standing out through its appealing surface and a warm woody color. Oak-bark tanned sole leather is also:
- Highly water-repellent
- Especially breathable
- Absorbs perspiration
- Deodorant and antiseptic
- Prevention against foot diseases
- Completely bio-degradable
View the entire range of Bradshaw and Lloyd's shoes and also RE Trickers shoes, which also only use oak bark tanned soles, at www.bradshawandlloyd.com.
For regular leather Goodyear welted shoes have a look at Sanders shoes, Loake shoes and Sebago shoes.