The European directive for footwear labelling
A question frequently asked by our customers is: “How can I be sure that the material used is really genuine leather?"
In line with the European directive for footwear labelling, all materials used for shoe uppers, soles, linings and socks must be labelled according to the following four material categories: leather, coated leather, textile and other materials.
The individual icons refer to the following:
This is how the upper material is indicated.
Lining and sock
This icon indicates the features of the material in use.
The sole describes the running surface or material making contact with the ground. The material indicated must cover 80% or more of the surface area/volume of the respective sole. If several materials are used (e.g. rubber and leather), the two main materials must be indicated.
Skins and hides that still possess their natural fibre structure are called leather. Materials manufactured using leather fibres and pieces do not belong to this category. If the leather is coated with a colourant or foil layers, these may not exceed a thickness of 0.15 mm.
Coated leather is leather featuring a colourant or foil coating with a thickness of max. 0.15mm. This coating, however, may not exceed 1/3 of the total material thickness. If the coating is thicker than 1/3, then the material is referred to as faux leather.
All natural and synthetic fabrics are categorised as textiles.
Any materials that do not fall into one of the categories mentioned above are called 'other materials'. For example, the rubber or plastic used for the sole.