… the fact that faux leather and leather lookalikes have come SUCH a long way in recent years.
I’ll level with ya: I still balk a little at faux leather shoes because the few pairs I’ve tried have worn out quickly and made my feet uncomfortably warm and sticky. Leather may not breathe the way, say, linen does, but it breathes better than polyurethane. However! I am unspeakably impressed by how much softer, suppler, and real-er the current batch of faux leathers is than the crinkly, stinky crap that was available when I was a kid. Also completely love waxed/coated denim and other treatments that are meant to hint at leatheriness, but subtly.