Socks Inserted (Insole)

Sock

This shows the inside of a shoe – the “sock” – made of thin, vegetable-tanned leather Vegetable tanned leathers are very durable and breathable. They’re also very beautiful in that they allow for a very natural look to the leathers. They can, though, be stiff – this is a good thing in a sole and not a problem in the thinner leather that is used for the sock.

You will remember that the uppers were stitched together with their linings of vegetable-tanned leather. The insole is now inserted (also veggie-tanned leather) to give the foot something nice to rest on and to cover up, for example, the heads of the nails used to fix the heel to the sole. This complete, veggie-tanned inner lining of the shoe is often called the “sock”.