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Why Does Leather Crease (Wrinkles) And How To Fix It?

by Seo Singh October 28, 2021 6 min read

Leather Crease

You may have noticed a few creases or a lot of creases on your leather products and are probably asking what's going on and why this develops.

Today is your fortunate day. I analyzed why leather creases and will share all of my results with you.

So, why does leather crease? Leather will crease because;

  • Leather Will Naturally Crease

If you look closely at your skin, you will see that there are creases in some areas. Leather, like skin, creases over age and, in certain cases, arrives creased.

I've had a lot of leather products, from wallets to coats and everything in between, and despite giving them a lot of delicate care and love, they still acquired creases.

Creases are a normal component of leather. As a result, many experts would tell you there is no such stuff as wrinkle-free or crease-free leather. Even if wrinkle-free leathers exist, they will be extremely rare or prohibitively expensive.

  • How Leather Items Are Stored Can Cause It To Crease

Another typical cause of wrinkled leather is how it is preserved before or after usage. One of the things we all appreciate about leather is how smooth and pliable it is.

Because of these characteristics, leather as a material may readily assume shape and keep its shape with proper care and preservation.

As a result, if leather is not properly cared for, it might lose its natural shape and acquire wrinkles.

When it comes down to that, you don't want to pile up your leather products or leave them on the floor.

You should put your leather goods, such as coats and slacks, after use, and your last footwear and boots while not in use.

  • Bad Fitting Leather Items Will Crease

Wearing large leather goods like coats, trousers, shoes, or boots can cause unsightly wrinkles and creases.

And, yes, you spotted it, these wrinkles and creases are most commonly found on leather gear and clothes.

Let me show you a few instances of how this might manifest itself. If you put on a pair of leather shoes or boots that are substantially bigger than your feet, the extra space inside the shoes will provide more place for the shoe to wrinkle and crease as you move.

The same may be said for leather coats. You'll have a lot of slack if you get leather jackets that are too big for you. For these slacks, the jacket will tuck in with activity, causing creases that can contribute to wrinkles.

So, ultimately, big fitting leather shoes, coats, and so on will likely result in some horrible creases.

However, I would emphasise that this does not imply that a perfect leather item fit will not result in wrinkles, but rather that you will be less likely to have obvious creases on your leather products.

  • The Design Of The Leather Item

The general design, build, or structure of a leather item also contributes to the incidence of or else contributes to wrinkles on the leather item.

The impression of wrinkles on our simple and whole toe shoes was owing to the fact that our plain and whole toe shoes contain fewer pieces of leather in their construction than our full and semi-cap leather boots.

Because there are fewer pieces of leather, there is less strain directly on the shoes, therefore they are the most impacted by all of the pressure and stress imposed on them by the feet.

The stress and pressure from the feet are spread out due to the various layers of leather components used in the construction of the brogues, resulting in fewer creases that take some time to form.

The same is true for leather products such as furniture, leather automobile seats, and many more.

If wrinkles are a major worry for you, you should consult with your upholsterer before purchasing leather items such as furniture.

This will enable your upholsterer to utilise top quality leather, a really solid and strong foam, and good spring motion in the design to ensure that tension is well distributed while giving adequate support for pleasant usage.

  • The Quality Of Leather

You're undoubtedly aware that there are numerous grades and kinds of leather used to make leather items.

It's fascinating to see how the grade of leather influences how leather wrinkles. Leather obtained from a cow's belly is generally considered low-quality leather and will typically arrive wrinkled.

This is due to the fact that this portion of the cowhide is very loose and thin, and when utilised for leather items, it will just wrinkle further.

Thicker leather, on the other hand, is significantly less likely to wrinkle. This will often contain leather from the animal's midsection, with a cow hide being an excellent example.

Another factor that contributes to leather wrinkles in terms of quality is that broad regions of the animal skin, such as the shoulder, side, or belly, are more prone to creases and leather relaxing than leather obtained from specific areas or portions of the animal skin.

Many of these leather companies pre-stress the leather so that when it is used for goods, it does not wear out with wrinkles, strains, dents, and so on.

I should mention that in certain other circumstances, it will be very hard to detect whether reduced leather will wrinkle and high-quality leather will not.

I mention this because I've seen some low-quality leather products with absolutely no wrinkles, yet some really costly leather things would have a lot of noticeable wrinkles.

  • Through Use And Improper Handling

The idea that leather will wrinkle with usage is a theme that goes throughout this text. While this is an unfortunate unavoidable fact, thicker leather will normally have less creases from usage.

The emergence of wrinkles on some portions of the leather item might be caused by constant use. In addition, inappropriate shipment or treatment of leather products such as furniture, clothes, shoes, and so on can cause the leather fabric to wrinkle or distort.

Most producers utilise heat guns on their leather materials to put something under the type of stress (which was before the leather), which helps to make the leather a bit more resilient to cracks, excessively, drooping, and blemish.

How to remove leather wrinkles and creases?

Leather Crease And Wrinkles

If you wish to try to remove a leather shoe wrinkle on your own, you must be exceedingly cautious. Look for guidelines from your shoe brand for caring for your shoes and avoiding and removing wrinkles first, and then follow their advice.


1. A flat iron is one DIY method for eradicating wrinkles. Take care to follow these steps:


2. To keep the form, pack the shoe with crumpled old newspaper, ideally as firmly as possible. You may use a shoe tree, but it's best to store it for later drying.


3. Set your iron to a temperature of 60 to 75 degrees.


4. Wet a towel and squeeze off as much excess moisture. Fold the cloth into two pieces and apply it over the creased region of the leather items.


5. For a few seconds, iron the cloth that is over the wrinkle. Check the crease by raising the towel and ironing the moist towel over the crease several times more until the wrinkle disappears. Ideally, the heat should mellow the leather and smooth out the wrinkle, but heat is also harmful, so proceed with caution. If it appears that the heat is causing damage to your leather item, stop ironing.


6. When finished, leave the shoe to cool while leaving the newspaper inside, or substitute with your shoe tree to soak excess water and properly preserve the shoe's form.


How to unwrinkle a leather bag?

unwrinkle leather bags

We will help you solve this problem in just 3 steps!

Welcome to the most awaited part of this article. We know you love your leather a lot and want to maintain the color and feel of your bag. Sadly sometimes we end up getting our leather bags wrinkled.

Seeing the wrinkled corners of your leather handbag are just painful. These wrinkled spots are usually due to overloading the bag. We know that leather is durable and can go through heavy usage, but only fill your leather bag by its respective size.

Also even if you are using your leather bag for the gym, don't shove it into the locker. Not all leather bags are crafted like us. As compared to our leather bags, they are very flexible with a nice durable built quality that won't wrinkle off your leather very easily.

To unwrinkle your leather try this method-

Step 1: Place a soft material like cotton or linen over the wrinkled area before pressing the iron to it.

Step 2: Take your time and use a back and forth to move the iron each over the affected area while gently pressing it down.

Step 3: Little by little, you’ll start to notice the wrinkles come off in an indeed fashion. It'll take a while, but your tolerance will be awarded.

Seo Singh
Seo Singh

Karan Singh, AKA Seo Singh, is a Podcaster, Content Marketer, and SEO Consultant with 10+ years of experience. He also runs a content marketing agency and actively invests in Gyms, Salons, and E-commerce stores. Checkout more on https://seosingh.in/


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