No they aren't leather, they are actually "pleather." They're a size 6! I found them on the clearance rack for just $10. Despite the great deal, I carried them around the store for about 20 minutes before working up the nerve to try them on. Why? This is a fabric I NEVER would've dared to try before my gastric bypass weight loss. Ever heard the sound of vinyl shoes rubbing together? When you are as self-contious as I am, and your thighs are VERY FRIENDLY with each other, you avoid fabrics that annouce your arrival when you walk. Corduroy pants? NO! A wind suit? Heck NO! Chafing is no joke by itself. When chafing has a SOUND EFFECT?!?!?! Not cute or funny.
Thanks to my surgical intervention at Catawba Valley Medical Center I've tried a few other things too. I now have a bangle to wear around my wrist. I've always worn cuffs, because solid bracelets were always too small. I bought some knee high boots that DO NOT have a stretchy leg and felt so proud wearing them all winter. This spring I hope to buy some rain boots. I almost scored a free pair of rain boots at a clothing swap a few years ago. My friend encouraged me to try them because they were my size. I felt so embarrassed when I couldn't pull them up.
Don't be surprised if you see me in horizontal stripes this season. They were always on my big girl NO-NO list because I'd read they make you look even bigger. and Next winter, who knows, I might even try LAYERING!!!!!