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Suede and nubuck are both types of leather that are prized for their soft, velvety texture, but they come from different parts of the animal hide and are processed in slightly different ways. Here are the key differences between suede and nubuck leather:

Suede is made from the underside of the animal hide, typically from the split layer of the hide. This part of the hide is smoother and has a finer texture.


Nubuck is made from the top grain of the hide, like traditional leather, but it is sanded or buffed to create a soft, velvety surface. The outer layer of the hide is used to make nubuck.

Suede has a very soft and delicate texture with a slightly fuzzy or nap-like surface. 


Nubuck has a similar velvety texture, but it is typically smoother and more polished than suede.

Suede is generally less durable and more prone to damage from moisture, stains, and abrasion. It requires more care and maintenance to preserve its appearance.


Nubuck is more durable than suede because it is created from the top grain of the hide. It is still susceptible to stains and water damage, but it can handle some wear and tear better.

Suede requires regular brushing to maintain its nap and appearance. Stains and water damage should be treated carefully, and suede protectors are often used to help repel moisture.


Nubuck is also best maintained by brushing to restore the nap, and it should be protected from stains and moisture. 

Suede is often used in fashion items like shoes, jackets, and handbags. It’s also used for upholstery, but it may not be the best choice for high-traffic areas due to its delicacy.


Nubuck is frequently used in higher-end footwear, such as boots and casual shoes. It is also used in belts, wallets, and watchbands, as well as for upholstery in upscale furniture.

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