Fine grain "box calf" leather that takes a high polish. This is the primary leather employed by Di Bianco as its smooth finish can be used for solid, marbled, and burnished effects. Deco is a sturdy leather that ages gracefully and when properly maintained can keep an attractive luster for many years.
- Scotch Grain
Often referred to as Pebble Grain, this textured leather is more casual than smooth leather but it is a desirable addition to spice up a wardrobe full of classic colors and leathers.
Also called "Reverse Calf," suede was first made famous in the USA in 1924 by the Prince of Wales who wore a pair of suede shoes at the International Polo Matches. Suede does not include the tougher outer epidermal layer like full grain leather, making it much softer. Many men are daunted by the prospect of damaging a fine pair of suede shoes but they are an excellent addition to a man´s wardrobe. They are suitable for all seasons but must be guarded against moisture.
Sometimes referred to as "sport suede," this reverse calf has a shorter knapp than suede. It has been finished with a treatment that helps the leather stand up better to moisture and normal wear and tear. It can be used on any shoe or boot but is considered just a little bit more casual than suede.
- Patent Leather
This glossy leather, generally used for formal shoes, is a high grade fine grain leather coated with multiple layer of linseed oil.
Di Bianco uses top quality South American crocodile hides. Crocodile scales are smaller and more oval shaped than those of the alligator. Only the prime parts of the belly and throat are used.
Di Bianco uses only the finest quality American alligator skins free of scars and blemishes. A six foot alligator will yield a hide of approximately 36 cms wide and 1 hide is needed to make each pair of shoes. Only the prime part of the hide, the belly, which has a more symmetrical scale pattern, is used. Scales from the belly of the alligator are larger and squarer than those found on the neck or tail.