True story: I arrived home from a trip one snowy winter night and found I'd misplaced my keys, and no one else home. I knew I had left 2nd flr rear window unlocked, so I trudged through 1' of snow in my C&J chukkas ( no choice) to the far reaches of the back yard, grabbed an extension ladder, trudged back, put it up on house and "broke in" (kinda gives one a little insight as to how someone can break into your house and noone notices...24' ext. ladder propped up to 2nd flr window at night, in view of at least 3 neighbors, albeit well-spaced between houses, someone climbs up it, opens a window and enters dwelling...really?)
I digress, the real point of the story was I assumed chukkas would be croaked, or at least somewhat compromised after being submerged in all that snow-- double lot in back so quite a bit of distance to get to ladder and then back. Once inside, I took the shoes off, hand dried them and let them sit. Next day, they were dry with no indication of previous night's activities. I was pleasantly surprised.
Granted, this may not be the equivalent of trudging through city streets all day in slush, or what have you. Nonetheless I thought it provided a pretty good illustration that suede is tougher than one might think ( than I thought anyway). For the record, the chukkas have a dainite sole.