- leather used to make shoes
- save shoe leather to avoid wearing out shoes, as by taking a bus rather than walking
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Examples from the Web for shoe leather
Malkin also likes to get out of her house and do shoe-leather reporting, albeit with ideological intent.Michelle Malkin Has Feelings, Too
September 22, 2009
Don't call me that—you, the most despicable liar that ever walked in shoe-leather.
"They might as well have saved their shoe-leather," said Mrs. Morel.
To that end he ate the king's victuals and wore the king's shoe-leather.The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore
John R. Hutchinson
“Such a saving of shoe-leather,” the good little soul argued.Walter Pieterse
Mr. Howbridge is as fine a man as ever stepped in shoe-leather.The Corner House Girls Snowbound
Grace Brooks Hill