What is nappa leather?

What is nappa leather?
Nappa leather is a type of fine smooth leather. Here you can find out about the different types of nappa leather.

Nappa leather is the general term for particularly soft, chrome tanned smooth leather of all animal skin types. A distinction is made between natural, slightly pigmented, pigmented and sanded leather. Natural nappa leather is also known as aniline leather. It is open-pored and imbued with aniline colourants.

Aniline leather – flawless, precious and very sensitive

The natural characteristics of the leather are well visible because they are not covered by paints and coatings. Therefore, the leather must not be damaged by tick bites, thorn scratches or other external causes. For this reason, this immaculate material is often very precious and expensive.

Aniline leathers are extremely sensitive to dirt and fat, as well as to bleaching out caused by sunlight due to the fact that the leather´s pores are not sealed. Just like aniline leather, slightly pigmented nappa leather is dyed through with water-soluble colourants to which pigments were added which makes the material more resistant to light and abrasion. Additionally, the surface appears to be more even.

A colour coat makes nappa even and insensitive

Both kinds of nappa leather are water-vapour permeable and therefore provide efficient heat exchange. With pigmented nappa leather, colourants are applied firmly to the grained leather surface by using a binding agent. This makes the material less breathable but easier to clean and less sensitive to dirt.

Nappa leather that has been sanded on the grained side gets an extremely smooth surface when colourants are applied. Its particularly natural features are almost lost completely by this process.

Applicable Products


Special Wax Polish Classic

Protection and conditioning for fine smooth leather

200 ml ($9.48 / 100 ml)
Protects and conditions fine smooth leathers, as well as finely waxed or grained smooth leather. Repels dirt and moisture; also protects and conditions delicate nappa leather. Maintains the soft and b...
Use in a well-ventilated area. Before wearing the shoes for the first time, spray them three times from a distance of about 20 cm. Leave the shoes for about 20 minutes so that the spray can penetrate ...

Carbon Pro

Extremely durable protection against dirt and wetness.

300 ml ($9.32 / 100 ml)
Our latest innovation in high-performance waterproofers. A revolutionary technology which enters a new era in shoe care. There has never been a product which protects better or lasts longer. It provid...
Spray the cleaned surface from a distance of at least 30cm. The product must be used in a well ventilated space or outside. Once dry, other care products can be applied. For optimum results the produc...

High Gloss Leather

High Gloss Leather
If you are looking for shoes to wear on a special occasion you may consider high gloss leather shoes. HIgh gloss leather has a very elegant appearance but its care is demanding. Here we give you advice on how to do it right.