Nubuck is a top-grain cattle leather that has been sanded or buffed (on the grain side or outside), to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface. Nubuck is similar to suede but is created from the outer side of a hide, giving it more strength and thickness and a fine grain. Resistant to wear, can be white or colored. It is generally more expensive than suede and must be colored or dyed heavily to cover up the sanding and stamping process.