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The Ups and Downs of Leather Stretch Marks

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There are many different types of leather. The origin and finishing techniques used will determine its qualities, such as flexibility. We will talk more about types of leather later on, but for now, let’s focus on flexibility.

Leather can be a very responsive material. This means it will adapt and change according to its use. What happens is that leather tends to stretch with time. Some types of leather will stretch more easily than others.

In some cases, you may even want to use a leather conditioner to speed the process.
In most cases, the stretching is a good thing, because it makes the leather goods cosier and easier to use.

Person standing on a timberTake leather shoes for example. They will become more and more comfortable after some use. In the case of leather wallets, you will notice that your wallet will stretch as you use it. After a short time of use, cards will slide more naturally into their slots.

The important thing to keep in mind is: once the leather is stretched, it will not return to its original shape.

For wallets, our advice is for you to respect its capacity. As they age, and get more flexible, you may be tempted to squeeze in a few more cards or extra bits and pieces. But remember, once slots overstretch they will become looser. Forever.

To be fair, there are some tricks and hacks on how to shrink leather. However, while those tricks might indeed work, it’s likely the leather will not looks as good or even be damaged post being shrunk. Each type of leather will respond differently and there’s no easy way to predict what will happen.

At the end of the day, you will want your leather to age and to get more character. Just allow it to happen naturally, and the rest will take care of itself.