Behind the Scenes 29 - Working with Horween Chromexcel



Made with a process that’s nearly a century old, Horween’s Chromexcel is an aniline leather that is oiled and waxed with a hand rubbed finish. Much like Goral & Son’s own story, the process for creating this highly durable leather has been passed down from generation to generation, known for being hard wearing yet comfortable, it’s a popular choice for boot makers.

These qualities made it an obvious choice when developing The Mellor II with us wanting to create a long-lasting minimal sneaker. This 2.0/2.2mm thick leather makes the shoe not only more resistant to any marks or scratches but also means the leather is less likely to split at stress points on the shoe with long term wear.

Using a pull up leather of this nature also means that over time the shoes develop a rich graduated patina, showing signs of wear and ageing. This gives the shoes a classic look and makes each pair unique with different grains and textures surfacing as the shoe is worn.