Vegetable-tanned leather refers to the tannage or method of tanning the cowhide into the leather. It’s called “vegetable” because of the natural materials used in the tanning process, like tree bark. Vegetable tanning, or veg tan as it’s sometimes called, is one of the oldest methods of tanning known to man. It has been around for centuries.
What makes vegetable tanning so unique is it allows us to use thicker leather and results in more body and character. Vegetable-tanned leather also tends to age better and develops a rich patina over time. And it has that great classic leather smell.
By avoiding nasty chemicals, we make our boots look even better.