It is, many shoes which are made to be cheap in price use artificial
leather; another role artificial leather plays is for vegans and
vegetarians, who want a shoe which looks like leather but is not.
Artificial leather is also referred to as synthetic leather, and
tends to be made from plastics - such as polyurethane film. Due
to artificial leather usually being plastic, it has led to the slightly
derogatory term of "pleather". Currently, it's believed
that pleather materials can be up to three or four times cheaper
to produce in comparison to traditional leathers. Some key benefits
to pleather are that's easy to clean and maintain, it's durable
and it's waterproof. One chief complaint is a lack of breathability,
hence sweaty feet.