Ultimate guide to men’s summer suede shoes

Men's summer trainers from Samuel Windsor in grey, blue and tan suede

Suede takes casual men’s summer shoes to a new level
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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

Prestige suede Derby in navy suede from Samuel Windsor

These blue suede shoes exude personality
Image: Prestige suede Derby in navy suede from Samuel Windsor

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 tan, 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

Prestige crepe sole desert boots from Samuel Windsor

The crepe soles of these stylish boots make them perfect for summer
Image source: Prestige crepe sole desert boots from Samuel Windsor

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

Prestige crepe sole Chelsea boot in blue suede from Samuel Windsor

The classic Chelsea boot looks suave in suede
Image source: Prestige crepe sole Chelsea boot in navy suede from Samuel Windsor

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

Prestige suede trainers in tan from Samuel Windsor

These simple suede trainers combine style with comfort
Image source: Prestige suede trainers in tan from Samuel Windsor

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

Prestige deck shoe in dark olive from Samuel Windsor

Similar in texture to suede, this nubuck deck shoe has the same tactile appeal
Image source: Prestige deck shoe in dark olive from Samuel Windsor

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.

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