#7 Are Diemme Boots Waterproof?
As with any leather shoe, nothing can be called 100% waterproof . However, what Diemme do offer is Aqua nubuck which is the most water resistant quality available. The aqua nubuck is already treated upon delivery and will need repeated treatment after use to keep them as water resistant as possible.
The Italian Waterproof Nubuck is a boot material that is strong, soft and with the characteristic matte, velvety appearance of nubuck. However, where most nubuck leathers are very delicate and susceptible to stains, the waterproof nubuck is much more suited for wet conditions. It will be waterproof straight out of the box, but will need to be reapplied with some form of hydrorepellent spray with time and use.
Full grain leathers have a high quality hides without any blemishes or faults, as opposed to a leather where you have made surface treatments to correct any scratches or scars. This type of leather is commonly described as leather where you use the full thickness of the skin. The leathers are typically between 2.0 and 4.0 mm thick and the outer grain surface is left intact before applying the surface finishes. When you keep the natural grain intact you are able to maintain the natural properties of the skin, which means that it will be stronger, more durable, it resists moisture better, and it will develop a natural patina over time.
Haircalf is more expensive than the average leather and the cost is in the finish of the hair, since it needs to be treated, most of the time it is cut down short and it is dyed or printed. In general, the haircalf leather is more expensive than the leather counterpart because it is harder to work with during manufacturing. Care: The care for haircalf is pretty simple. Don’t get gum or oil on it and you can clean it nicely with a dry cloth. If you get something on it, use a slightly damp cloth and dry it with a dry cloth immediately after. Always go with the grain of the hair. It can also be sprayed with the same silicone spray for suede.
#8 How to Care for Diemme Boots
When it comes to looking after your Diemme shoes, the most important piece of advice is to repeatedly treat them as and when necessary. As mentioned above the boots will be treated upon purchase but ensure you have some hydrorepellent spray handy. In regards to haircalf boots, it’s pretty simple. Don’t get gum or oil on it and you can clean it nicely with a dry cloth. If you get something on it, use a slightly damp cloth and dry it with a dry cloth immediately after. It can also be sprayed with the same silicone spray for suede. Make sure you air dry and use a shoe brush in the direction of the hair.
#9 Are Diemme Sustainable?
Sustainability and provenance are key aspects of the Diemme mentality. Buy less, and buy better. Higher material quality, better production and construction quality, made by workers that are rewarded for their skills.
Every Diemme pair is handcrafted by expert workers at every step of the process. Diemme currently employ 25 workers at the factory and utilise two other factories in the local area for sewing and cutting. The Italian footwear industry is comprised mainly of small family-owned companies. The combination of this network of small-scale supporting industries, and highly skilled workers, is what makes it possible to produce limited production runs of high quality artisan products. The brand is committed to always using leather that is a bi-product of food production and use vegetable latex on their footbeds.
#10 Diemme Collaborations
With owners like Diemme’s it’s not surprising that the brand has had some impressive collaborations. Not only this but Diemme also work together with highly regarded labels such as Off-White for private label projects where they produce shoes in the Diemme factory. Here are some of our favourite collaborations from Diemme.
Diemme x Ganni | @Diemmefootwear
Diemme x The Elder Statesman | @Diemmefootwear
Diemme x Missoni | @Diemmefootwear
Diemme x Vans | @Diemmefootwear
Words by Emma Bowkett
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