The El Paso Baba is produced at the Sabah workshop in El Paso, Texas using a very special undyed, vegetable tanned upper leather. Lighter in color and smooth to start, the beauty of this Baba is how the leather patinas with wear, softening and becoming richer & darker in color.
Vegetable tanning refers to an ancient leather tanning method which uses natural elements such as oak, spruce bark, quebracho, tara pods, olive leaves, rhubarb roots or in some cases mimosa. It’s been around for centuries but less than 10% of the world’s leather is tanned this way today. Sabah veg tan leather is thicker and tougher and will develop a buttery one-of-a-kind patina because of the natural tannins we use in the tanning process.
In addition to the veg tanned upper, we also use a unique, vegetable tanned Italian bull leather sole, heel and insole, and a unique channeled, lock-stitched construction that is not common in modern footwear.
Your Babas will break in with wear, stretching and forming to your feet to become uniquely yours. This process is what makes them so great!