Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Versatile and stylish, these are six of the very best suede shoes a gentleman can own

With the current dominance of athletic-inspired style on footwear, it’s easy to blend in with a sea of white trainers. And while a smart pair of pristine pumps have their place in a man’s wardrobe, with the changing of seasons, it’s time to turn to a more reliable and sartorially appropriate choice: the suede shoe.

Edward Green — Duke Mushroom Suede

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

A hallmark of class, the soles of a genuine and quality penny loafer are tanned for nine months in a solution of spruce, oak and mimosa barks to ensure the utmost reliance and longevity. Inspired by Edward, Duke of Windsor, this pair are fit for a king (metaphorically, actual or absconded).

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Edward Green — Duke Mushroom Suede

£965

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Drake’s — Clifford Desert Boot

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

When tasked with constructing a shoe that perfectly paired with their iconic soft tailoring, London haberdasher Drake’s opted for one feature above all else: versatility. The end result was a resounding success; with the brand’s creative director, Michael Hill, summarising the Clifford as appropriate for dinner, a casual suit and the weekend.

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Drake's — Clifford Desert Boot

£215

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New & Lingwood — Espresso Calf Suede Hand Grade Devon Boots

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

A buckled strap can provide the perfect touch for upgrading an outfit’s formality. This shoe, from Jermyn Street stalwarts New & Lingwood, is good for both the office and evening wear, allowing the wearer to stand-out, without being loud about it.

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

New & Lingwood — Espresso Calf Suede Hand Grade Devon Boots

£525

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Edward Green — Camden Mocha Suede

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Sported by The Beatles and The Stones, the Chelsea is arguably one of the most recognised and storied items of footwear a man can own. Edward Green’s take on this ankle-high boot is one which stays true to its roots in rock ‘n’ roll while being crafted to a meticulously high standard.

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Edward Green — Camden Mocha Suede

£1115

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Crockett & Jones — Chiltern Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Founded in the heart of England’s most famous shoemaking town, Northampton, Crockett & Jones have produced nothing other than high-quality welted footwear since their inception 1879. Their Chukka is a boot to be celebrated; stylish, versatile, and durable.

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Crockett & Jones — Chiltern Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede

£335

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Church’s — Kingsley 2 Superbuck Loafers

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

With as much precision as the Changing of the Guard, the Superbuck has such attention to detail that you’ll even find the shoe’s details handwritten inside the upper. Just whatever you do, wear them with a (preferably subtle) sock.

Six sartorially sound suede shoes to invest in

Church’s — Kingsley 2 Superbuck Loafers

£395

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