Brazilian footwear manufacturers are switching from leather to synthetic materials according to the Gazeta Mercantil.

The paper reported that manufacturers are being driven to use synthetic materials in their footwear production because of the rising prices in wet-blue (pre-tanned leather). The rising process are being blamed on the increase in export demand for wet-blue from car and furniture manufacturers.

With advances in the quality of synthetic materials many manufacturers are being lured away from the traditional leather in favour of the synthetics which are on average 20 per cent cheaper.