Leatherette?

Lucretia

Senior Member
Russian
Hello,
If shoes or bags or belts are not made of genuine leather, what do you call it?
These shoes are made of ….
Thank you.
 
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    Banned
    Australian Australia
    If it is shiny it is called patent leather.
    I have heard vinyl and naugahyde used to describe plastic that is made to look like leather.

    from
    Mr Bad Example

    I got a part-time job at my father's carpet store
    Laying tackless stripping, and housewives by the score
    I loaded up their furniture, and took it to Spokane
    And auctioned off every last naugahyde divan

    Warren Zevon

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    Banned
    Australian Australia
    'Patent leather' is leather, though, isn't it?
    (I'm dying to make some kind of joke about it being patently leather... but it's not funny, is it :( )
    The patent leather I remember is definitely synthetic and quite fragile.
    I remember it from shoes.

    .,,
    Congratulations on your upcoming postversery.
     

    Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    The patent leather I remember is definitely synthetic and quite fragile.

    Actually, although it may have seemed synthetic, "patent" leather is real leather finished to a hard, shiny surface. Apparently called "patent" leather because the process was once patented.

    Leatherette is made from paper or fabric materials and I believe that most "faux leather" products are now made from vinyl.
     

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    Banned
    Australian Australia
    Actually, although it may have seemed synthetic, "patent" leather is real leather finished to a hard, shiny surface. Apparently called "patent" leather because the process was once patented.

    Leatherette is made from paper or fabric materials and I believe that most "faux leather" products are now made from vinyl.
    You are correct and I stand corrected:eek: .

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    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I think pleather is from plastic leather.
    The tags on the shoes usually just say "man-made materials".
     

    Lucretia

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Those congratulations were meant for me, .,,? Thanks.
    I found leatherette in a dictionary. What I always need is to make sure a word is really commonly used. One can’t trust dictionaries 100%. Besides, the yummiest part is connotations, which only forums can provide.
    So which are you most likely to hear:
    - Too cheap. It must be leatherine.
    or
    - S***! It must be vinyl. ?
    I don’t think anybody would say
    - Oh, man-made materials!

    Or would they?
    Thank you.



     

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Aha! Context! I love context. It's even better when it's in the first post. It was not at all clear that you were looking for something someone would say in a casual conversation.

    You are correct. If I began a sentence with "S***! It must be..." I would not finish the sentence with man-made materials, or even leatherette, leatherine, pleather, or naugahyde. They're all too formal-sounding. I'd finish that sentence with

    ...plastic!
     
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