Research carried out by plant-based leather chemicals manufacturer Silvateam suggests that vegetable-tanned leather will help endow footwear with antibacterial properties more effectively than chrome-tanned leather or synthetic material.

Sales director, Eric Poles, shared early results from the company’s studies into antibacterial properties at the tenth AICC convention for the Veneto region on November 23. He said the company will continue its analysis and publish the full results when it is able, but he made it clear that early results show a much greater antibacterial effect with veg-tanned leather. He said this points to extra comfort being an important advantage that footwear brands will be able to offer consumers by using veg-tanned leather in their shoes.