Leather vs Synthetic... Your Thoughts?

  • @toby Good thoughts, toby, thank you! No material is perfect for every use and every situation. Yet decisions must be made. That's why we appreciate all the feedback we can get from actual climbers like our friends here at RPU!

  • Late to the party. I prefer leather. For smell and foot conforming reasons.

  • @johntp Never too late to be heard and considered! Thanks for your input.

    Thank you all for your input.

    Over the past couple of months we've been talking to you about this in person, online and over the phone.

    Although there are advantages and disadvantages to both materials (the main disadvantage of leather being its relatively high cost), there seems to be a clear preference on your part.

    We've made a decision.

    Every Acopa model will be made using 100% natural leather.

    We hope this reflects your preferences and helps you jump on board with a new pair of Acopa shoes very soon!

    Thanks again to every one of you who has contributed your thoughts, feedback and ideas. Keem them coming!

    All the best!

  • @ACOPA , hey there, say... i had this odd thing happen a few years back, when i bought new ballet shoes, (not toe) and, well-- they WERE capezio... top notch brand... i LOVED the leather small...

    well-- i looked forward to them! sadly, when they came, they, oooops:
    smelled almost like DIESEL 😮 or, chemical-something, 😞
    yet-- they were leather... 😞

    after getting on line and trying to see if THAT happened to anyone else, well-- i read that they were actually made in china and lots of leather, from china, was cured 'in some way' that it would SMELL... and NOT like leather... 😞

  • @johntp , say, johntp... yeah, me too... i have found that there is less foot trouble, with real leather... foot breaths, better, too... 🙂 and, real wool, is better, too, for socks, if possible... (breaking the shoe, or, in my case, cowboy boots, in, is easier, too) ... 🙂 and then-- good dress shoes, out of leather, is better, too...

  • @neebee Whoa... That's no fun!

    Not to worry though, Acopa uses only top-grade, high-quality leather tanned by a local company that has been in business for decades.

    You get the best.

  • @ACOPA , wow, say, ... THAT is good to know... 🙂

  • @ACOPA

    Nice. I was guessing synthetics would be preferred for all the manufacturing benefits reasons.

    In my analysis, I left out environmental and sustainability concerns, focusing in performance and comfort. Leather vs. Synthetic is not so cut and dry as one may initially suppose once you ponder it a bit, but I think in the final analysis leather comes out on top on this parameter as well.

    Durability is another param I omitted from my analysis, as it kind of goes w/o saying. Yet.... there have been issues w/such in the past. For e.g., I had some Fire's once that just blew thru the rubber like it was butter. Bad batch and Fire replaced them so no sour taste. Especially since I now had an extra set of otherwise perfectly good lasts for resoling 😉

    Amusing stories being what they may, quality and consistency may not be as sexy but are paramount. I've never worn Acopa's but from what I've observed I have no doubts this aspect will receive due attention.

    So... good on' ya' all 'round!! 👍

  • Buenas noticias! Bring em on, I need some new shoes. Will they be available in Guadalajara? We still need to get that beer ACOPA

  • @Scole Yes and yes!

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