10 Pairs of Summer-Ready Suede Kicks
Suede shoes act as a trusty mid-ground between more formal footwear and casual styles. Suede offers the same strength and quality as leather while also adding a better sense of texture to your silhouettes.
Don’t get us wrong, the right pair of leather shoes is an undebatable classic, but in recent years suede shoes have become a rotation essential thanks to their unique patinas and unbreakable construction.
With the warm weather en route, shorts are beginning to assert their position as go-to bottoms, meaning that your footwear choice is more apparent than ever. That’s why summer has always been the sneakerhead’s favorite season — all eyes are on the kicks.
Better still, without the prospect of unexpected showers, you can be sure that your suede will survive a day out. It makes sense, then, that we hit SSENSE to line up some suede shoes for our summer rotations.
After all of the talk about fine weather, it’s worth remembering that it’s not summer just yet. These immaculately clean Our Legacy boots will be stepping us ever closer to the hot weather.
Footwear doesn’t come much more refined than a suede house shoe. BODE’s elegant take on this style shows how suede can be worn in summer.
A stone-cold classic, the Clarks Originals Wallabee has proven its dominance over decades of subcultural love. It goes with everything from shorts to suits and covers every season with ease.
Eytys is another label that always finds a way to offer up something refreshingly creative. The aguna Sneakers bring the kind of classic style we expect from suede sneakers, but subversions like the unusual sole unit ensure they feel new.
Saint Laurent riffs on the traditional Creeper style favored by Teddy Boys. By streamlining the silhouette and making the sole unit more lightweight, though, the label makes the style much more viable for the warmer season.
Loewe looks to a beautiful green hue to give this pair of active sandals an outdoorsy vibe. Luxury suede uppers contrast with a rugged, serrated sole unit.
It goes without saying that your spring/summer rotation will include at least one pair of Birkenstocks. If you’re only reserving one place, make sure it’s for this pair of Arizonas with the necessary soft footbed.
Padmore & Barnes has a subcultural history that most brands can only dream of. Classic suede shoes like this pair of derby shoes are the designs that captured the hearts of millions and continue to today.
Angelo Urrutia’s 4SDESIGNS is one of the brightest lights in fashion right now. An endless desire to push boundaries with silhouettes and materials makes it an extremely exciting label to watch.
Officine Creative opts for ultimate cleanliness here. The detailless uppers put all the attention on the high-end suede which stretches over the midsole too.
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