The Ultimate Guide to Buying Genuine Leather Boots

Written by Sonja Nell owner of Gurmuki Footwear

When it comes to footwear, nothing exudes style, durability, and timeless appeal quite like a pair of genuine leather boots. Whether you’re in search of vellies, tall boots, ankle boots, warm winter boots, or our iconic sheep’s wool tribal boots, investing in quality leather is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the process of selecting your perfect pair of boots for this winter. We’ll explore tips for examining leather quality, construction techniques, and showcase why Gurmuki is a reputable, proudly South African brand that offers exceptional leather boots for women and men. So, let’s dive in and discover the secrets to finding the perfect pair of leather boots!

Understanding Leather Quality:

The first step in buying leather boots is understanding how to assess the quality of the leather used. Here are a few factors to consider:

1. Genuine Leather:

Ensure that the boots are made from genuine leather, not synthetic or faux materials. Genuine leather is durable, ages beautifully, and offers superior comfort. Here at Gurmuki, our boots are made from 1 of 3 types of leather: Suede Leather, Nubuck Leather or Full Grain Leather.

2. Softness and Flexibility:

Genuine leather should feel supple and flexible to the touch. Avoid boots that feel stiff or overly processed.

3. Smell:

Authentic leather has a distinct, earthy smell. Synthetic materials often lack this characteristic scent.

Construction Techniques:

Examining the construction techniques used in the manufacturing of leather boots can provide insights into their durability and longevity. Look for the following features:

1. Stitching:

High-quality leather boots will have tight, even stitching.

2. Soles:

Our soles consist of a Tough outdoor 100% TR Rubber Sole ensuring you have a durable boot that will last for many years to come.  Many companies mix the rubber with PVC to make it cheaper, but that causes the soles to wear off much quicker, or even crack eventually.  That is why we do not substitute on quality of soles.

3. Insole and Lining:

Opt for boots with a comfortable and supportive insole. Our range of leather boots have a 3mm foam underneath the leather foot bed for comfort and to support your spine.  Faux fur and Sheep’s wool lining ads warmth and a luxurious feel.


Gurmuki: A Reputable Brand

We believe in our brand that stands for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

1. Uncompromising Quality:

Gurmuki uses premium leather, ensuring our boots are long-lasting and age beautifully.

2. Attention to Detail:

Every pair of Gurmuki boots is meticulously crafted, paying attention to every detail from stitching to finishing touches. Our products are all locally sourced and created ensuring that you support employment and growth in the local production industry.

3. Variety of Styles:

Gurmuki offers a wide range of leather boots for men and women and even some options for kids, including tall boots, ankle boots, warm winter boots, booties, and more. No matter what you are looking for, Gurmuki has you covered.

4. Comfort and Fit:

Gurmuki prioritizes both style and comfort, ensuring their boots provide a comfortable fit for all-day wear.

5. Ethical Practices:

Gurmuki  raw materials are all locally sourced, in South Africa. We know that you love originality and you care about your community and environment and we strive to incorporate this into our business through ethical values.

When you buy any Gurmuki product, you are contributing directly to the local economy, supporting small businesses with similar interest to ours. It creates an environment that encourages creativity, entrepreneurship, employment and growth in the local production industry. We are proudly South African in our approach, creating beautiful products, whilst supporting and uplifting the local communities.

And last, but certainly not least…

100% Locally Made in SA: All our product materials are sourced in Cape Town, South Africa and handmade by skilled craftsmen with years of experience in the shoe and accessories industry.

Investing in a pair of leather boots is a decision that offers long-term value, style, and durability. We hope this blog has been of interest to you and you trust Gurmuki for your next purchase.

Now, go ahead and step out in style with your new pair of genuine leather boots!


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Our Footwear range includes: Genuine Leather KUDU Boots, Sheeps Wool TRIBAL Boots, Sheepskin Slippers, Genuine Leather Vellies (Veldskoen), Vellie Booties, Leather Baby Dolls, Leather Pumps


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