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Registered: ‎10-04-2010

What the heck is "Man-made Leather"???

I know, I know, I'm picking nits! But I so resent Jane, the shoe expert, using that phrase to describe a pair of boots just a few minutes ago.

There are "Man-made Materials" and "Genuine Leather," usually imprinted somewhere on a shoe. Are we to assume Jane doesn't know the difference? Please...her turn of phrase, I am convinced, can confuse the buyer (deliberately, I suspect). THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MAN-MADE LEATHER, and Jane knows it.

If trying to get all the promo info out causes this type of mis-information, maybe Jane could just slow down, come up for oxygen every now and then, discard the anecdotes and say less, but more accurately.

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Posts: 1,165
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

Maybe she makes a cow

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Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

Jane said the right thing, walked into one of those mega mall shoe stores and the "leather" boots all said "man made leather" so I guess if it's written on the box, it's true and can be said.

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Registered: ‎01-09-2014

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

Why don't they say cheap imitation stuff with a price tag close to real leather.

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Registered: ‎09-26-2011

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

pleather! Fake! Imitation. Dont buy vinyl, yuk!

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Registered: ‎10-08-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

Its like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders sings "by the way, you look fantastic, in your boots of Chinese plastic". Myself, I call man made leather vinyl and I can't believe some of the prices they charge for purses and shoes made of it.
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Registered: ‎05-01-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

Euphemisms are often used to avoid the brutal truth. Can you say Diamonique? Bronzo Italia?
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Registered: ‎06-24-2013

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

I prefer the use of faux leather although I DO NOT purchase faux leather shoes. I can deal with fabric shoes in the summer and plastic rain boots or flip flops for the pool or beach. I suppose the term ""man made"" is being used for all non leather materials although fabric is sometimes natural as in linen or cotton.
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Registered: ‎03-12-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

We used to call it Naugahide. (sp). I had an entire couch made of it. Everyone thought it was leather.

Now I have two huge real leather couches. They look just like the Naugahide couch I used to have.

I can't wear fake leather. I get so hot in it I have to take it off within 15 minutes.

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: What the heck is ""Man-made Leather""???

What the heck is ""Man-made Leather?

That would be PLASTIC.