What does the "faux" in faux fur mean and other women’s boots FAQs 

What does the "faux" in faux fur mean and other women’s boots FAQs 

There’s a lot to women’s boots, much more than meets the eye or graces the toe. …You need to consider what is fashionable, comfortable, practical and also what’s ethical. 

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions by people buying women’s clothing.

What does the "faux" in faux fur mean?

Faux is a French word that means fake. It has been adopted in English In the context of fur boots, it means the fur is an initiation of real fur. Therefore, it does not come from an animal. 

You may want faux fur if you are concerned about the ethics of wearing animal fur, or if you want the same look for less money.

What is the difference between suede, patent, smooth and faux leather boots?

Suede is a kind of leather with a fuzzy texture. Patent is also leather but has a glossy finish, like a shiny pair of black shoes. Smooth leather is the most commonly used leather. It is shiny, but durable.

Faux leather boots have the appearance of leather boots, but the material is not made from cow skin. Faux is French for fake, so faux leather is fake leather.

Are all boots waterproof?

Not all boots are waterproof. It depends on the material. Even leather is only water resistant but will let water in if soaked. 

Some boots have a waterproof membrane material included, which you’d typically find in a hiking boots.

Are leather boots waterproof?

No. Leather is not waterproof, but it is water resistant. Depending on your exposure to water, it should keep you dry in most day to day scenarios.

Can boots be machine washed?

It is not advisable to machine wash leather boots. Any shoe made from animal products will not survive the washing machine. 

Or materials may be fine, such as cotton, nylon, polyester and canvas. However, always read the instructions on the label and follow the manufacturers guidlines. High temperatures may disfigure some shoes, or melt glue that holds the sole in place.

Are you able to measure the calf circumference of the boots for me?

Yes, get in touch and ask about the product. We’ll let you know. 

If you’re unsure about your calf size, it is easy to measure your own calf circumference. Sit on a chair, place your bare foot on the ground, so your knee is at 90 degrees. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your calf and note the measurement.

What is the best way to care for boots?

Store your boots in a cool dry place. Do not stuff anything in them while storing them, like socks, or this could stretch the boot. 

If they get wet, dry them in a warm room, but do not tumble dry or put them directly on a radiator, or you could damage the material. 

Keep them clean by removing dust or dirt with a light brush, and polish them regularly. 

Undo any laces or straps before putting your feet in, and use a shoe horn if necessary, to avoid damaging the heel. 


We hoped that helped. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a range of women’s boots and other footwear, whatever your needs.

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