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Material of the Year

December 26, 2016

Every year, formidable color experts Pantone announce the color of the year. For 2016, it was a shade of pink called Quartz Pink, a color that was painted the surface on everything from footwear to clothing to iPhones. For 2017, it’s a shade of green called Greenery, and no doubt, this will probably end up on a some dope sneakers throughout the year. But aside from color of the year, let’s talk about material of the year; for 2016, that’s definitely Vachetta leather.

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Taking note from Japan’s Hender Scheme’s approach to luxury sneakers, quite a few sneaker companies dropped vachetta ranges. With Hender Scheme perfected the “ sneaker made with untouched leather” for iconic models like the Presto and Air Jordan 4, Nike put out their own versions of things in response with a vachetta Air Force 1. Even Vans, the epitome of California cool, put their own Vachetta spin on classic silhouettes like the Sk8-Hi and Authentic.

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So what exactly is vachetta leather? Basically, the means that a high quality leather used for the product is raw, so basically untreated or un-dyed. Often times, this tone of leather is called “vegetable tan,” but that refers to the treatment of the dye—soaking the leather in a treatment (in a barrel nonetheless) made from natural materials. Though the two types of leather look similar, vachetta tends to age beautifully; this process is called patina.

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Patina is the aging process that turns the leather darker. That light tan colorway will eventually turn a nice dark, lived-in brown. So as the year runs up, grab a pair of vachetta sneakers, or make your own, and pick up a pair of our Vachetta Luxury Laces for good measure.

Sizing Chart

Lace Lab Sizing Chart*

Number of Eyelets Lace Length
3 Eyelets 30 Inches
4 Eyelets 36 Inches
5-6 Eyelets 45 Inches
6-7 Eyelets 54 Inches
7-8 Eyelets 63 Inches

 *Sizing varies from shoe to shoe. Please use this chart as a rough estimate. For best results, please measure the length of your original laces. If you are between two sizes using our chart, we recommend choosing the shorter length for most applications.