Leather vs Milanese

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by sincere11105, May 6, 2015.

  1. sincere11105 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
    Let me start off by apologizing if this has been posted already. I searched and couldn't find. I ordered a silver sport, I'm debating on buying either leather loop or Milanese. I'm unable to go to store to try. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. Nicholasredford macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2015
    I tried on both, I went with leather. The milanese just looks very 80s and when I tried it on, it just felt like it would be scratchy. The leather loop was very comfortable, I'm excited for it to get here.
  3. sincere11105 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013

    Thanks. I do like the look of the Milanese but feel that the leather would be more comfortable
  4. RS232 macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2009
    I had the Milanese for nearly 2 weeks and found it comfortable and not scratchy. Might have to adjust it slightly during the day but that's easy with the magnetic clasp!
  5. GeorgiaPower macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    Leather is nice, but after seeing the Milanese in person I wish I'd ordered one. It looks significantly better in person than it does online.
  6. sincere11105 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
    Im just wondering if the Milanese would clash with the sport silver
  7. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    It will.

    I'll add the pic if I can find it.

    Here's one:

    And close up:
  8. sincere11105 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
  9. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    Added above
  10. sincere11105 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013

    Thanks! Ugh leather loop it is. I liked the idea of the Milanese.
  11. sJv macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Sierra Foothills, CA
    I think the polished and matt finish contrast nicely together. I have a few SS mechanical watches that do this to good effect. If I had kept my Sport, I was planning on getting the Milanese. But the dark blue leather loop looks great, too. Hmmm...
  12. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I prefer Milanese but with my SG Sport won't go very well so I went for the blue leather loop which is due be delivered from 23d of May.
  13. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I was pro leather, until I got it, looks and feels like synthetic to me. In my opinion while it is "leather" , it's the worst leather strap I have owned for a watch. Normally a new leather strap has that leather smell, the apple one, nothing. Only reason I might keep it, is to put other leather straps on the lugs
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    Apple-of-my-eye macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2014
  15. clint-bell macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
  16. PhiLLoW macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2014
    got this combo and it's awesome. In reallife enviroment you don't really see the difference between the fifty two shades of grey.
  17. rip-the-jacker macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2011
    like the idea, I'm going same but with black leather loop.

  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Polished and matte finish do go together. But the problem between the Aluminum and the steel is that they are different color "temperatures" of the silver shade. Steel is warmer, and aluminum is cooler. Think of LED Christmas light strings. Some come in a white that is warm and looks like old fashioned yellow hued incandescent lighting. Others are a cold arctic white edging toward the blue end of the spectrum. It's not always aesthetically pleasing to hang these two different shades of white light on the same tree. For most people, they clash. Artistically speaking they are not related in any pleasing position along the color wheel. Of course you can always find someone who will love the look. But most people would find it jarring.

    So it can be with the Milanese band on a silver Sport watch. Some will love it but you won't get the almost universal acceptance of it that you'd get with the steel on steel combo.


    You don't? Well that's reassuring then. In pictures there's a rather startling color contrast. I've seen all the watches and most of the bands at my local Apple Store but was not able to make the comparison of the two metals next to each other.

    In my house my sister-in-law's Sport looked very different from my SS.
  19. cruzmisl macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    In pictures the silver sport really looks flat, but in person it has a bit more depth to it. They might account for some of the difference in pictures.
  20. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Color matching aside, the Milanese is incredibly comfortable and looks v contemporary and tasteful. I wear it all day and it's really easy to make minute adjustments by simply sliding the magnet along the band, with no need to unfasten and start from scratch. It's a great daily driver of a band and I love it.
  21. Kavier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I picked the Milanese due to its ability to be adjusted to the exact size you want. I also thought it'd be easier to clean as I can just run it under some water if it gets dirty.
  22. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Leather loop works the exact same way
  23. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    The Milanese looks more luxurious/expensive, dressy. I think it has more of a "wow" factor. However, depending on the combo, the Leather/Leather loop looks great.
  24. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    The leather loop feels like plastic, because underneath each "bump" is a magnet or metal piece which allows the strap to be magnetized.

    The milanese loop is not scratchy at all. Surprisingly, it's the most comfortable strap that I have tried. Even more comfortable than the sport band, as it is infinitely adjustable (don't have to choose between 2 holes where there is 1-2mm difference between them), and that the sport band leaves a gap at the top where the band is stiffer towards the area where it connects to the watch.

    I have read that some hairy guys have hairs getting snagged in the milanese loop, so that is something to take into consideration. I have no hair on my arm/wrist, so it is not a problem for me.

    Milanese has been comfortable for most of the day. There have been 1-2 times where I have had to loosen the strap to readjust, but I've done that with all my watches.

    I think the take-home is: the milanese is just as comfortable as the leather straps. But try-on if you have a hairy wrist to make sure it doesn't pull.
  25. Mr Rabbit, May 11, 2015
    Last edited: May 11, 2015

    Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    I thought this would be an issue for me but was pleasantly surprised, no pulling on my wrist hairs at all. The only discomfort I've had is that it does tend to snag my beard if I'm scratching my ear or something. The only other annoyance is that it does loosen up when I'm running. Aside from that I didn't notice it becoming loose throughout the day.

    With that said... My Watch (42mm Sport) and milanese loop are both being replaced by Apple right now. I received my milanese loop on Friday (last week) and noticed that one of the lugs wasn't locking into place on my Watch. Tried reversing the band/Watch, same thing. Figured it was a faulty band/lug.

    Took it to Apple yesterday and my milanese loop locks in properly on two of their spare Watches. Crap, guess it's the Watch after all. Try another milanese loop (Genius' personal band) on my Watch, it locks properly. Double crap, guess we'll replace both.

    My Genius, and the neighboring one, both said they had noticed a lot of odd fitment & quality issues with the milanese loop. I don't regret the purchase at all, but if someone is looking to buy one as a secondary band then I'd probably advise them to wait another month or two for their manufacturing to be adjusted.

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