I know, I know... Faux leather is the 'humane option'. Real leather shoes, bags and everything else is the 'devil'.
But why is this?
Is it because you're vegan and are all about animal rights?
Or is it because you just like faux leather more?
Is it that you're an environmentalist and respect animals so you want them to live humanely?
Well, besides the fact that people have hunted animals since the dawn of time - for obvious, survival reasons - faux leather should be the real devil in this story.
Faux leather or PU is actually plastic.
I'd be surprised if you didn't know that already.
And if you're aware of this, you should also know that plastic isn't biodegradable...it can literally take 500 years for a pair of PU shoes to disintegrate...but they probably won't become one with the Earth even then!
Doesn't that sound unnatural?
That's because it is.
+ your PU boots will never adjust to your foot shape, will tear and rip inside because of cheap craftsmanship hence lasting for only a season or two - if you're lucky.
Leather is soft, it's natural, it may disintegrate withing 50 years...and that's the environmentally friendly option.
Leather also won't hurt your feet as much as plastic will. Leather breathes while plastic doesn't. It's so much healthier for you.
+ your leather boots, if you take care of the properly, will adjust to your foot shape, become only more and more comfortable over time and will last for a very long time.
So when it comes to the debate about environment vs. animals - which side do you come down on?
Should all animals be free?
Should people make sure the planet survives?
Something to check out: http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/14/is-pleather-really-any-better-for-the-environment-6636257/