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post #1 of 7
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i'm interested in a number of shoes/boots that are suede. problem is, i live in the consistently wet city of seattle...i've never really worn suede boots before so i was wondering if anyone could gimme some insight on how well suede shoes hold up in wet environments...i don't want to shell out for a pair if im gonna have to restrict their usage to dry days or risk damaging them
post #2 of 7
suede isn't meant for the rain. that said, i wouldn't wear suede during seattle winter time.

you can spray it with silicon spray which will help...
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Originally Posted by braidkid View Post
suede isn't meant for the rain. that said, i wouldn't wear suede during seattle winter time.

you can spray it with silicon spray which will help...

honestly, it depends on the quality of the suede. cheap suede, like all cheap leathers, doesn't handle getting wet well. good quality suede won't be affected much. suede was originally for traipsing in the damp country, and good quality suede can still do this.

assuming you have good quality suede, just brush them down after they dry.
post #4 of 7
it's really a hassle to have to brush them after every wear. with that said, if you will be in an office building, then fine. if you will be walking around in the seattle rain, then probably not. pollution + rain will combine to leave dark spots on your suede.
post #5 of 7
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i really don't ever walk around when its raining outside, at least not w/o the protection of an umbrella (im averse to any rainfall, being from california)...but im just scared of getting stains on the suede from those times i gotta walk from my car to the cafe, or other short jaunts...

i saw some sweet varvatos grey suede boots at barney's this past week...how can you tell if you have "good quality" suede?
post #6 of 7
Having lived in Seattle, the rain is often more of a heavy mist and less a major down pour. I have worn my suede shoes (I own several pairs) in all kinds of weather and find that leather and suede can get wet, you just have to let them air out and keep them away from heat. I also treat my suede with silicon and use shoe trees. My favorite pair for all weather use are oxfords from Heschung in a dark brown (called oak) with a rubber sole. These easily pass for a dress shoe in all but the most dressy settings http://www.heschung.com/ah07/heschung.php

see under "classique Goodyear" the Asterec model

I wore these all over Paris and Rome one rainy December. Suede is wonderful, it breathers very well, it is light weight, very flexible and comfortable. Don't be afraid of suede....go for a pair. And, if you are hesitant, get the darker color brown and a can of silicon spray.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post
Having lived in Seattle, the rain is often more of a heavy mist and less a major down pour. I have worn my suede shoes (I own several pairs) in all kinds of weather and find that leather and suede can get wet, you just have to let them air out and keep them away from heat. I also treat my suede with silicon and use shoe trees. My favorite pair for all weather use are oxfords from Heschung in a dark brown (called oak) with a rubber sole. These easily pass for a dress shoe in all but the most dressy settings http://www.heschung.com/ah07/heschung.php

see under "classique Goodyear" the Asterec model

I wore these all over Paris and Rome one rainy December. Suede is wonderful, it breathers very well, it is light weight, very flexible and comfortable. Don't be afraid of suede....go for a pair. And, if you are hesitant, get the darker color brown and a can of silicon spray.

i agree with the bit about darker suede colors. just don't go for black, it can start to discolor and fade, which will be more noticeable. however, i've lived in seattle just about my whole life, and it seems that there has been recently heavier rainfalls. but then again, it's seattle, weather is always unpredictable. at least i don't see people wear plastic bags around their shoes like in NYC...=p
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