Both have their advantages. Therefore it comes down to, as always, the area of application. Do you need footwear which will remain waterproof for a long period of time? Do you need a boot or shoe which prevents rain from penetrating? Are you looking for footwear which you do not need to repeatedly and regularly treat to make water repellent, for example, on long trekking or alpine trips? Many people consider leather to be the more natural option and as always comfortable to wear. For normal areas of application the impermeability of leather is more than sufficient, that is, if you take correct care of it! In this sense neither is better, the best material for your footwear depends on your personal preference and your planned activity.
Articles in this section
- Which models are best for which application?
- I often hear talk of a 'last", what is it?
- What is better, leather footwear or footwear with a Gore-Tex® membrane?
- Which lasts longer, a shoe with or without GORE-TEX® lining?
- What features should Via Ferrata footwear have?
- Can I use Hanwag Via Ferrata Boots on a glacier trip?
- Can I use my trekking boots/shoes for Via Ferratas?
- How do I search for an item?