Despite geographical distinctions, the American Bison roams strictly in North America while the Buffalo is located in Africa and Asia, the hides used for cowboy boots are distinctly different in texture. For starters, bison leather has deeper grooves while buffalo tends to have a smoother finish. Both skins develop a great patina over time and are ideal for a person looking for that "I'm not trying too hard" type of look but still want the polish of a custom cowboy boot.
The answer is no! The great thing about both bison and buffalo is that they have the ability to take a great shine. We would call these leathers a combination leather, in essence they are ideal for someone who is tough on their boots, wants a slightly more rugged feel, yet wants the option to dress them up from time to time as well.
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