We choose extremely carefully the leathers we use, as the quality of our confection depends directly on the quality of our leather. Being extremely demanding, we naturally work with the best French tanners. We also work with the best European tanners, notably Italians tanners, when we are not able to find the required quality on the French market, for certain type of leathers.

Our search for excellence goes along with an essential value for us: protecting the environment. La Botte Gardiane works with suppliers, for whom sustainable development is a core philosophy. Our suppliers usually combine both traditional and modern facilities and tools, to respect the European environmental standards.

 

THE LEATHER FULL GRAIN CALF – THE SUPORTLO LEATHER

This is an emblematic leather for us, as we have been using it since the creation of the brand. The « Suportlo » leather, literally meaning in French "which can bear water" is an exceptional leather manufactured by one of the most famous French tanners, based in Alsace.

This leather is re-tanned with hot grease, using the same process since the last past six generations. This particular mode of tanning makes the leather very flexible: it barely harden over time, which prevents it from crackling.

This tanner only uses calf skins from Aveyron; they are the only ones that can provide such a thick leather. Thanks to its thickness, the leather stays straight, and the stripes made in it don’t overstretch with time.

Hot grease tanning process makes a flexible leather, with incredible shining. The leather will age very well with time, taking a beautiful patina, without hardening.

This is the exact same leather used by the French leading leather craftsmen. It is also recognized for its hypoallergenic qualities (for example, it is used for the bracelet linings of Swiss watches ...).

La Botte Gardiane usually uses thick leather (from 2.4 to 2.6 mm) to make its low and high boots. With such a leather, we don’t have to use a lining. Be aware that linings are usually glued with latex adhesives, which form a waterproof film not allowing the leather to breathe.

Thus, our shoes made without lining, are waterproof on the outside, but permeable in the inside, which allows sweat to evacuate.

 

FLEXIBLE FULL GRAIN CALF – THE POLO AND HYDROCALF LEATHERS

The « Hydrocalf » leather comes from the same French tanner than the « Suportlo » leather.  It is particularly soft, with a very fine grain, and a very good water resistance (hence its name, hydrocalf). You can feel its outstanding quality when you touch it.

It is a naturel, supple, soft and silky whole calf. Thanks to its anti-stains treatment, it ages very well over time.

The whole calf « Polo » comes from another renowned French tanner (LVMH property). Soft, silky, with a wet look, this flexible leather is designed and perfectly suitable for the most demanding luxury brands.

THE SUEDE CALF – SUEDE LEATHER

Our suede calf leathers are manufactured by a renowned Italian tanner, specialized in suede leathers. All these leathers are anti-disgorging treated. This means that the leather colors remain and don’t spread over the textiles in contact with the leather (trousers, dresses ...). This tanner also works with the biggest names in the luxury industry. Its raw materials are carefully selected, in compliance with the EEC / REACH standards, to ensure a high quality product.

The hair of this specific suede leather is neither too long, neither too rough, which gives it a very round and supple touch.

GLITTERY and METALLIC SUEDE LEATHER

These leathers require a technical expertise, which has no equivalent in France. They are produced by our Italian tanner for suede. They are also anti-disgorging treated and comply with the same level of high quality. These original, but very elegant, leathers bring a very modern touch to your outfit. Your feet deserve to be under the spotlights!

The « metallized » leathers (not glittery) are produced by a renowned French tanner, who also works with the biggest names in the luxury industry. This tanner specializes in tanning goat and calf skins into metallized and smooth leather. With this exceptional and unique « metallic » touch, you can be as bold as you like!

SHEEPSKIN LEATHER

This type of leather also comes from a French tanner, only working with sheep from France. As the sheepskin is fragile, we usually combine it with full grain leather or suede.

This mix of textures combines the comfort and the warmth of sheepskin, while bringing a real added value to the look of the shoes.

LEATHER WITH HAIR

Again, this type of leather has no equivalent in France.  We therefore work with an Italian producer, who is a master in tanning leathers with real hair.

WAXED DARK UNDRESSED LEATHER

This leather, which has no equivalent in France, comes from a Spanish tanner. This bovine undressed leather is 2.6 mm thick. It is nourished with wax, to ensure its waterproofness. Waxed “croupon” is primarily used for professional horse boots. The horse professionals appreciate the rustic look of the leather, as well as its easiness to maintain. Indeed, to take care of this type of leather, they use the same fat than for their equipment.

THE CAMARGUE “CROUPON” - FULL GRAIN COW :

This very thick leather (2.8mm of thickness) is manufactured by a French tanner. This leather is traditionally used for the Gardians (French cow boys from the Camargue region) work. It has been developed to be very practical. Indeed, the smooth full grain part of the skin is inside the shoes, to be able to put them on and off easily ; the fleshy part of the skin is outside the shoes, as it is easy to maintain and resistant to bushes. This leather originated  from Masure : a famous Belgian tannery.

This leather is the traditional leather used to make Camarguaise boots.

This clear leather ages very well, getting a beautiful patina over time. You can also grease it, to darken it and improve its impermeability. 

IMITATION PYTHON CALF

This leather is obtained from a specific tanning, mastered by an Italian tanner, who has no equivalent in France. The ultra-realistic imitation python pattern comes from different calf skins.

GREEN TANNING LEATHER

The tanning process is essential to obtain the best leather quality. There are two methods of tanning: mineral tanning(with chromium), and “green” or vegetal tanning, which is made with plants extracts.

Tanning with chromium is a quicker process than tanning with plants: it requires less than 24 hours to make, while 1 month minimum is necessary to complete green tanning. The mineral tanning is also very versatile: the chromium tanned leathers can be quite thin, can become very soft, and are available in a great variety of colors. They can be used almost in all areas (footwear, leather goods, automotive ...). This tanning process has therefore become predominant in the leather industry. 99% of leather shoes are made from chromium tanning. TO find more information about chromium tanning in the following article of the CTC magazine (Leather Technical Centre),please click here.

One of the disadvantages of chromium tanning is water pollution, even though it is important to note that European tanners are well equipped with efficient water treatment plants. This process of tanning can also sometimes cause allergies.  However, the type of chromium (chromium III) usually used in this tanning process, is completely harmless. Chromium VI, which appears when tanning is poorly mastered, is the one which is truly allergen. It is an aggravating factor of mycoses and tends to damage foot hygiene.

That is why we also offer a wide range of models, made 100% in leathers tanned with plants, and guaranteed chromium free. This type of leathers except the "Camargue Croupon" originated from a famous Italian tannery. They ensure perfect hygiene and comfort to your feet. This type of leather is particularly appreciated by our customers allergic to chromium, as well as nature lovers. 

Plants-based tanning is made with tannin (hence the origin of the word tanning), which are extracts of trees such as oak, chestnut, quebracho, mimosa or acacia. Because of the length of this tanning process (up to 2 years), tanners would say: “to obtain good leather, you need tannin and time (in French tan et temps)”. This tanning process, using only plants extracts, is not polluting at all but use lot of water. It is hard to reconcile all of these.

Wearing our shoes made from green tanning, you will use ecological and healthy products,made in France, in our workshop located at the gateway of Camargue (between Nîmes and Montpellier).

La Botte Gardiane is a member of the ECO-TLC organization, which is responsible for waste collection and managing products end. Our aim is to protect natural resources and reduce waste.

OUTSOLES & BUILDING OUTSOLES

This leather is a vegetable tanned leather. Sometimes it takes a long time to adapt our outsoles to your feet because of this leather robustness but that is why our shoes are very durable. This leather originated from a spanish tannery.