Suede and nubuck shoes offer an excellent alternative to leather, lifting the tone of your smart-casual wardrobe and lending dapper dressers a stylish touch of texture and flamboyance. Here are some of our most popular summer suede shoes along with handy style tips on how to wear them…
What is suede?
Suede is a napped leather made from the underside of the animal skin. Though not as durable as traditional leather, modern treatments and protective sprays make suede shoes and boots easy to protect from water and stain damage. Usually dyed, suede offers a textured finish that’s colourful and full of character.
Lightweight suede shoes for summer
The last thing you need when the weather is warm and sunny, is to force your feet into heavy winter shoes. That’s why we’ve come up with a lightweight alternative. With grippy rubber soles that weigh just half as much as their standard rubber counterparts, these shoes offer comfort and durability while providing you with all the style and poise you’re looking for.
Fancy a natty pair of lightweight suede shoes this summer? Available in navy, sand, and tobacco, these shoes look fantastic with chinos, a white cotton shirt and navy twill jacket. Or dress down a little with a weekend shirt and a cotton-cashmere sweater.
Lightweight suede desert boots
Crepe sole suede boots trace their origins back to the Egyptian bazaars of the Second World War era when British officers found they made an excellent alternative to their heavy standard army issue boots. The desert boot has undergone a considerable degree of refinement since that time, and now, this smart-casual staple is a must have for every well-dressed man’s summer wardrobe.
Wear your lightweight crepe sole desert boots with jeans, summer moleskins, linen trousers, or chinos – the choice is yours. These boots really are very versatile and, because they’re available in tan, grey and navy, they offer the perfect opportunity to add a colourful accent to your outfit. Try grey crepe sole boots with stone summer-weight chinos and a blue check weekend shirt. Feeling the sun? Top with a jaunty Ambassador hat.
Lightweight suede Chelsea boots
Made famous by the Beatles, Chelsea boots are a British style icon, and now you can wear them in suede too. With their Italian calf-leather uppers and Goodyear welted construction, a pair of suede Chelsea boots offers superb quality and a tactile, approachable alternative to the usual black or brown leather finish.
Wear your suede Chelsea boots with summer-weight moleskins and a summer tweed jacket. Available in blue, brown, tan and black suede, you could also try our new summer Chelsea boots, featured above. Made from smart navy suede and finished with lightweight crepe soles – they’re perfect with indigo jeans for a night out.
Casual suede trainers
There was a time when we would rather suffer an amputation than advocate the use of trainers for anything other than the gym. But all that has changed with the advent of suede trainers which offer an excellent way to add a touch of class to your casual outfits.
Choose from tan, navy, or grey – all come with colour-matched lacing and smart white soles. Wear your suede trainers with jeans and a bright weekend shirt or, for a more dressed-down look, opt for a short sleeve cotton pique polo or long sleeve cashmere polo. Suede trainers also look fab with shorts and a bold printed linen shirt.
Lightweight nubuck deck shoes
Invented by yachtsman John Sperry of Connecticut in 1935, deck shoes were designed as a practical solution to the problem of slippery boat decks. After a spell as the US Naval Academy’s shoe of choice for off-duty cadets, deck shoes quickly gained popularity among US college students after the war.
Deck shoes soon spread to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, offering both a no-nonsense safety shoe for boaters, and a smart-casual shoe for men ashore. Wear a pair of these super lightweight nubuck deck shoes with shorts, a printed linen shirt and a smart Panama hat.
Suede really does add an extra dimension to your summer wardrobe. How do you like to wear your suede shoes? We’d love to hear from you – just drop us a line via our Facebook page.