One of our most iconic and popular leathers is the Kudu antelope reverse leather, developed in England from South African Greater Kudu antelopes. On the Iseo we use the Kudu leather both ways, reverse suede side and grain side.
The upper is constructed from a Greater Kudu antelope full grain leather, used on the reverse side on the main quarter panels for a velvet-like touch and appearance. Whereas most suede leathers are typically suede splits, where the leather is split in two and the inner side of lesser quality is sold as suede; this is a reverse leather which means that the grain surface is left intact but the leather is utilized inside-out. This gives a much stronger and more water-resistant leather as the strongest part of the skin is always the top layers where the fibres are tighter, stronger, and have natural properties to withstand friction and weather.
On the toe box and heel overlays we are using the Greater Kudu leather on the grain side. Given that the Kudu is a wild animal, and we’re using this leather on the grain side while keeping the grain in it’s natural state rather than surface-correct it, there will be scuff marks, scars, and other distressed marks in the leather. Beauty through imperfection.
The style features a Italian coated cotton laces, Italian hardware, calf leather lining and a calf leather lined footbed. White Italian rubber sole. Tonal stitching. Discrete tonal Diemme flag on the heel, signifying a product where all production steps have been performed in Veneto, Italy.
Handmade in Onè di Fonte, Italy.