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  • I regret to say...I am done with suede shoes

    i think they look good and fit in a very nice niche stylistically and formally. but...it just isn't worth it to me. they are NOT harder to care for than leather shoes...but they are different and those differences just drive me crazy. they collect dust throughout the day more and the dust particles stay there due to the nap. so i have to brush them off after every wear. the suede i feel like does wear out (note, it doesn't wear out that fast) instead of developing a patina/character like solid leather shoes, they just kind of fade and start to look a little uneven. cheaper suede just isn't that nice after trying REALLY nice suede shoes (carmina). Even the suede on my allen edmonds doesn't cut it any more. the expensive suede carminas still have the same problems (aside from better suede quality meaning slightly better appearance and fading slower) and it's impossible to get the nap uniform or restore the richness of the original suede color like i can just polish leather shoes. After my current pairs of leather shoes wear out, I will likely not be replacing them...

    For the record, these are my suede shoes:
    carmina navy oxford
    j crew kenton bucks boulder
    suitsupply double monks brown
    allen edmonds strands brown
    banana republic double monks gray

  • #2
    I have similar feelings, which is why my Carmina suede PTBs are for sale. Suede can deliver a very unique look, but it doesn't work for me personally.

    You can restore the color with Saphir suede spray, but the other issues are unavoidable, regardless of quality/price point.

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    • #3
      You guys are breaking my heart. I would have bought wsupjs PTBs if I didn't already have a dark chocolate pair and I think Scofield's feet are smaller than mine. I will have my suede for a while and want some lighter colors. While I feel navy would be great, I can't think of anything to wear them with which is why I didn't jump on that J. Crew Alfred Sargent sale they had a while back.

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      • #4
        I like suede but only for beaters.

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        • #5
          I. Love. Suede. Shoes.

          There I said it. I wear mine in a rotation, so no more than once every 7-14 days each. I really like the look (choc brown wingtips, snuff chukkas, choc brown longwings, navy PTBs).

          Have you tried the suede shampoos? I have seen some amazing before and after pictures.

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          • #6
            Suede is a crucial part of my footwear collection. They're the balance between casual low top/hi top sneakers and formal dressy shoes/dressy boots. I haven't had any bad experiences with mine yet, and I do a complete clean every few months. Brush/eraser/brush/shampoo/brush/condition spray/brush/waterproof/brush which takes about a day or two because of the drying process.

            I own:
            SuitSupply Brown DubMonks
            Alden for Brooks Brothers Tan Suede Boots
            Alden George Boots
            Alden for Jcrew Flex Toe Chukkas
            Alden for ePaulet Ironside Indys (which are actually a reverse chamois)

            My beaters are definitely my Red Wing Moc-Toes.

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            • #7
              My suede chukkas have been all around the world with me and back and I imagine they have well over 200 miles in them as well and still going strong. Super comfy and with tarrago, a great all weather shoe even though I know they're not supposed to be.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by doomx View Post
                I. Love. Suede. Shoes.

                There I said it. I wear mine in a rotation, so no more than once every 7-14 days each. I really like the look (choc brown wingtips, snuff chukkas, choc brown longwings, navy PTBs).

                Have you tried the suede shampoos? I have seen some amazing before and after pictures.
                The suede/nubuck erasers and shampoos work like magic. I had a pair of worn down Timbs that I stopped wearing for a couple years because they looked awful.

                Before: http://imgur.com/a/wtah0

                After: http://imgur.com/a/EV74F

                Was considering trashing them in a spring clean, but decided to give them one shot with the Hanger Project suede clean instructions. Afterwards, I have like a new pair of boots that I can wear as beaters, and with the waterproofing, they can take an extra beating.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JBarwick View Post
                  You guys are breaking my heart. I would have bought wsupjs PTBs if I didn't already have a dark chocolate pair and I think Scofield's feet are smaller than mine. I will have my suede for a while and want some lighter colors. While I feel navy would be great, I can't think of anything to wear them with which is why I didn't jump on that J. Crew Alfred Sargent sale they had a while back.
                  not to get off topic but blue suede is actually extremely versatile. i wear a ton of gray pants (the personal uniform), so i wear these...with everything. gray jeans, gray chinos, gray wool trousers. they're a bit like a black captoe without being so boring. they actually blend in pretty well, haven't received one comment on them at work (that's a good thing!) while in bright sunlight they're beautiful to look at (really couldn't capture it properly in natural light despite all my attempts). as for outfits, i like to wear them with navy blazers (for a very uniform look) or use them as a good way to inject blue into my outfits when i'm NOT wearing a blue blazer (rare). so for example, blue suede shoes, gray pants, white shirt, brown blazer.

                  filtered to hell, but these e are the only pics i have of them:
                  http://i.imgur.com/ixMoEQm.jpg

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                    not to get off topic but blue suede is actually extremely versatile. i wear a ton of gray pants (the personal uniform), so i wear these...with everything. gray jeans, gray chinos, gray wool trousers. they're a bit like a black captoe without being so boring. they actually blend in pretty well, haven't received one comment on them at work (that's a good thing!) while in bright sunlight they're beautiful to look at (really couldn't capture it properly in natural light despite all my attempts). as for outfits, i like to wear them with navy blazers (for a very uniform look) or use them as a good way to inject blue into my outfits when i'm NOT wearing a blue blazer (rare). so for example, blue suede shoes, gray pants, white shirt, brown blazer.

                    filtered to hell, but these e are the only pics i have of them:
                    http://i.imgur.com/ixMoEQm.jpg
                    Which last are your Carminas on? Detroit last?

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                    • #11
                      Funny, I feel like I reach for my suede shoes over my leather ones more and more frequently.
                      Ben

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by devastitis View Post
                        Which last are your Carminas on? Detroit last?
                        rain last. i have a semi high instep and that last fits me perfectly. really not willing to gamble on any other lasts....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                          rain last. i have a semi high instep and that last fits me perfectly. really not willing to gamble on any other lasts....
                          Ah I see. Rain last is TTS in US sizing, correct, so go a full size down from brannock to get the right UK last?

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                          • #14
                            Correct, at least that is what I did. I do have another pair of Carmina where I only sized down half a size and they fit well enough...but if I have a choice I'm sizing down a full size

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                              Correct, at least that is what I did. I do have another pair of Carmina where I only sized down half a size and they fit well enough...but if I have a choice I'm sizing down a full size
                              Awesome, thanks, good to know! I'm thinking about grabbing a pair of Carmina jumper boots, and they're on the Rain last. Full size down, and possibly with an insole/thick socks if it's a tad on the roomy side (I have a low to medium in step).

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