The beige is a bit like nubuck - not your traditional shiny leather surface, but definitely not suede. It's pretty nice. The lining is a very soft leather, similar to my F+B's. Actually overall the boots are great, and are almost exactly what I'm looking for. The only thing that didn't quite work was the toe - it's the slightly narrower Paul Smith trademark style. Which is cool if that's the look you're going for, and I can pull it off with some slim jeans, but I'm kind of looking for a general-purpose boot I could wear with somewhat looser jeans too. So, put 'em up on B&S. Still appreciate the tip though.. if I hadn't given those a shot I'd probably be forever wondering.