Types of Boot Materials: Everything You Need to Know!

By Sophie Williams
Updated: November 28, 2023
Boot materials leather

Does your cold weather style need a boot? Or you are planning to attend a fancy party but confused about what to wear? No need to worry because there’s a boot for that.

Nowadays boots are a very familiar thing. Many of us have worn boots or have known boots. Since the birth of that primitive boot, there have been various changes in boot design according to the needs and culture. Hip boots, knee-high boots, thigh-length boots, wedge boots, and chap boots are the most known types of boots.

Tall boots are boots that are knee height, inspired by riding boots worn by equestrians. From leggings to skinnies, tall boots are ideal to complete your casual outfits. Leather is the most beautiful, tactile, and versatile material of tall boots.

And the types of leather are also very important for the comfort of the wearer. The popular boot types are Cowboy boots, Combat boots, Chelsea boots, Chukka boots, and so on. All these boots are made of some amazing types of materials, some of them are discussed below.

Different boot materials

Upper Materials for Boots

Here are the three types of upper materials used for boots:

1. Leather

Leather is one of the most common materials for boots. Since ancient times leather has been used to make boots. Most boots use calfskin leather because it has a tighter grain and fiber than cowhide. Other types of animal leather include:

  • Bovine leather (cowhide)
  • Cordovan shell (horse)
  • Pigskin (pig)
  • Kidskin (goat)

Leather has the most natural “handle” you could imagine which describes the rich texture and always has a very agreeable feel when it is scrunched in your hand. Nappa Lambskin is one of the most luxurious leathers whereas Patent Leather gives a glass-like finish and the gloss of patent covers a supple leather that is comfortable to wear and is simple to look after.

2. Nylon

Nylon fabric is also used to make different types of boots which are very familiar materials for female boots. Though nylon work boots are not as durable as leather but more lightweight and breathable than other materials. Nylon is a soft boot material that makes the boot more comfortable to wear.

Usually, work boots made from nylon are outfitted with nylon mesh panels to promote breathability. Moreover, Nylon work boots can be used with or without toe protection.

3. Rubber

Rubber boot material

Rubber is another kind of material that is also used to make boots. Boots made from rubber are a good choice as it prevents slips, trips, and falls. During wet and muddy weather these types of boots play a vital role as a safety footwear which lessens the risk of falls with specialized soles that are slip-resistant even in the most testing of conditions.

Rubber is one of the most famous and common materials since ancient times, as it is durable, hard-wearing, resistant to heat, and offers the best grip on slippery surfaces.

Sole Materials for Boots

Here are the two sole materials used in boots:

1. TPU

TPU is the short form of thermo-polyurethane. This is another essential material for making modern boots. No one likes wet or cold feet in winter. So, people would prefer to wear warm and dry boots when it’s freezing outside. That’s why modern designers choose thermo-polyurethane to make boot expedite, which is similar to rubber materials.

2. EVA

EVA is the short form of ethylene vinyl acetate; this is a material that is known for stability and weight dispersion. EVA is one of the popular materials known as expanded rubber or foam rubber. EVA foam is used to make boots softer and more flexible. Though this is not a material that is used for the outer soles, but for the midsoles.

Toe Protection Materials for Boots

Here are the two materials used for toe protection in boots:

1. Steel

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of ourselves. Still can also help to prevent injuries due to slips and falls. So, with steel cap boots, you can work easily with the peace of mind that you require.

It is also good enough when it comes to its ability to lead with temperature. Steel toe boots, cover or shield the toes and feet from accidents. But one problem is that steel makes boots heavy.

2. Composite

Composite boot materials are another kind of boot material. Generally composite materials are used for making toe boots. Composite boot materials are generally non-metal materials such as Kevlar, carbon fiber, plastic, or fiberglass.

In short, we can say that composite safety boots are made up of multiple materials together, giving the same safety as steel-toed shoes.

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Sophie Williams

Sophie Williams

Sophie Williams is popularly known as a dynamic and creative footwear specialist, and she sharpened her skills and developed a strong foundation at College for Creative Studies, especially in design principles, boot and shoe materials, and boot construction techniques.

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