What Kind Of Leather Do I Have?

You might have noticed several types of Leathers being used on some of the latest soccer cleat releases that you haven’t heard of before. For the most part, Adidas are the ones with the strangely named new materials, making the market a little more interesting (some say complicated). We have already covered how to take care of leather cleats, so here is a breakdown of whats what in terms of the leathers you are likely to see, in order to help you out when choosing new cleats.

Kangaroo Leather (K-Leather)

K-Leather

Pro’s: Offers a lightweight, glove-like fit with excellent touch on the ball. Stretches and molds to the foot after wearing several times.
Con’s:
Not waterproof and it lacks durability seen in other leathers.
Interesting Fact:
K-Leather has 10 times the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin!
Found on: Adidas adiPure III, Nike T90 Laser III, Puma PowerCat

Calfskin Leather (full-grain)

Full Grain Leather

Pro’s: Very durable and comfortable when they are broken in, helps develop a great touch.
Con’s: Not as soft as K-Leather and takes a little longer to mold to your feet.
Interesting Fact:
Full grain is the most common leather found on mid to high-end boots.
Found on: Under Armour Dominate, Adidas adizero

Synthetic Leather (man-made)

Synthetic Leather

Pro’s: Durable and retains its shape well. It is stretch and abrasion resistant, waterproof and breathable.
Con’s: Less feel and natural touch, it is slightly thicker and a little stiffer than K-Leather.
Interesting Fact:
Synthetic leather is a man made fabric that is designed to look like K-leather.
Found on: Nike CTR360 Maestri, Nike Vapor VI

Know Your Adidas Leathers

Galeo is a soft, lightweight and breathable leather that has been specifically treated at a tannery to allow for a glove like fit. (Adidas adizero)
Taurus is a full-grain calf leather that combines unsurpassed softness with a lightweight feel. It is durable and weatherproof. (Adidas Predator X)
Ult-K Leather is a soft, quick drying and breathable full grain leather that is designed to feel a lot like K- leather. (Adidas F50i TUNiT)

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Comments

  1. Tasos
    Tasos 27 July, 2010, 21:51

    Great article Bryan!

    What do you think about preds going from k-leather to Taurus? Was that a right decision or not?

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  2. hani
    hani 28 July, 2010, 05:50

    nice on bryan!
    But there’s something strange, how come the synthetic leather of the ctr360 is written as very durable but gives a weaker feel and touch while u said that the Maestri isnt durable and it gives great feel and touch which is the reason the boot is designed for! This is confusing…

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  3. bryan
    bryan Author 28 July, 2010, 06:18

    Tasos,

    I think Preds going from K-leather to Taurus was a bad move, it lowered the cost for Adidas but ultimately, I have seen the skin peel off the boots over time!

    Hani,

    Very valid comments…I lowered the score for durability because they scuff easily and I have heard many comments from players about slight rips and tears. In terms of touch, they have control pods with dampening foam that help with touch. It varies by boot, but for the most part you need a little more protection to strike the ball.

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  4. hani
    hani 28 July, 2010, 09:06

    Okayy thanks!

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  5. george
    george 28 July, 2010, 11:08

    what leather is on adizero (leather) cleats? and do they offer a good touch? and if im size 13 should i get 13.5? i need them to last close to 9months-1year. and is the leather durable? also were your shots good when you tested them? thanks.

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  6. Old US Goalkeeper
    Old US Goalkeeper 28 July, 2010, 18:03

    Actually, as a leathercrafter for the last 20 years, there IS a difference between calf leather & full grain leather. Calf leather is just that-the skin of a young cow (calf). It is softer & stretches easier because the skin hasn't toughened up yet. Full grain leather is the skin of a mature cow, one that has had time for the grain of the hide to get tighter & thicker. It is common for hides of full grain leather to have scars from barbed wire in various areas. Calf leather can be softer than kangaroo, but does not have the tensile strength of kangaroo. It is an inaccuracy that I noticed in the adidas catalog stating that calf is full grain.

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  7. fido
    fido 29 July, 2010, 03:55

    its mentioned that k leather lacks the durability seen in other leather and yet it has 10 times the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin.. im a material engineer and from my understanding, if i say e.g. material A has higher tensile strength and stronger than material B and C, i would say, material A is more durable/tougher than B and C.

    this isnt a case for leathers? im no leather expert so am i right to say, the abrasion resistance of k leather is somewhat not as good compared to others? can someone clarify this =) I always have the impression k leather is the best in terms of durability and comfort.. if it isnt the case, then perhaps i shouldnt have gotten the adipure but rather adicore or adinova.

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  8. hani
    hani 30 July, 2010, 10:54

    yeah fido you are absolutely right! But this whole leather stuff is soooo much confusing! :S

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  9. Dnavarro
    Dnavarro 20 April, 2012, 14:08

    Which predator material is the best for a midfielder?
    The adipower SL , the adipower leather, or the DB s with the synthetic leather ?

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  10. Dnavarro
    Dnavarro 20 April, 2012, 14:10

    I mean with the microfiber^^^*

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  11. martin
    martin 27 November, 2012, 05:16

    Hi. Would like to help with some comments on the leather differences. Full grain terminology has nothing to do with the age of the animal. Full grain leathers are the ones which surface is good and does not need to be modified. Most of calf leathers are full grain, since the animal is young and the skin is beautiful, no imperfections, like a baby skin. The skin is FULL.
    Some leathers, usually from older animals, are not so good, and need some make up, they need to be modified to look nice, and, after this make up process leather does not look so natural. These are not full grain, but CORRECTED grain leathers.
    On the Taurus leather I can say that being made with calf skins, it’s resistance is better than other leathers, since the fibers of a young animal are stronger, making this leather very durable, comfortable, and it is also lighter since it absorbs less water during the game.

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  12. justin
    justin 15 April, 2013, 03:35

    You can wear every kind of classic and elegant black or brown leather shoe to an office where a sort of dress code is required. Best Football Gloves

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  13. vin
    vin 28 April, 2013, 21:53

    This is a very poorly written article. Don't mean to be harsh but this article leaves more questions than it gives answers.

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  14. justin
    justin 4 May, 2013, 04:13

    its mentioned that k leather lacks the durability seen in other leather and yet it has 10 times the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin.
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  15. garmin electronics
    garmin electronics 8 May, 2013, 07:56

    What do you think about preds going from k-leather to Taurus? Was that a right decision or not?

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    • soccercleats101
      soccercleats101 Author 8 May, 2013, 13:14

      Wasn't a fan of the change – but ultimately it allowed Adidas the opportunity to drop the overall weight of the boot and improve performance.

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  16. white hat SEO
    white hat SEO 20 May, 2013, 05:56

    What do you think about preds going from k-leather to Taurus? Was that a right decision or not?

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  17. jhon
    jhon 1 June, 2013, 22:35

    What do you think about preds going from k-leather to Taurus? Was that a right decision or not?
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  18. Send SMS Online
    Send SMS Online 10 June, 2013, 11:33

    Actually, as a leathercrafter for the last 20 years, there IS a difference between calf leather & full grain leather

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  19. LG price in India
    LG price in India 20 December, 2013, 01:59

    I generally have the impression k calfskin is the best regarding strength and solace.. provided that it isnt the case, then maybe i shouldnt have gotten the adipure but instead adicore or adinova.

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  20. utah seo
    utah seo 29 March, 2014, 10:42

    Before you can care for your leather correctly, you must know what type of leather you own. Follow the tests in this table to identify your leather. Then all of the other information on cleaning and repairing your leather will make more sense.

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