Originally Posted by tonylumpkin
Well, it would seem this is the place to ask about suede shoes. I offered a pair of Tramezzas up for sale the other day, and later withdrew them, mostly because I really, really like them. Enough in fact that I'm willing to suffer for a while with a right shoe that is a bit too tight. Now on to my question. In the pics below you can see small spot on the vamp of the left shoe. Can anyone tell if this is a "bald spot" or some kind of stain that could be removed.
That is a bald spot ... and its quite small, I did not see it on the first pic till you pointed it out. Don't worry about it, it just adds to the character of the shoe.
My suede wingtips have something like this where they have creased (happened after wearing them quite a bit). It doesn't take anything away from the shoe though ... here is a pic, the "line" you see on the left shoe is the balding. I don't worry about it at all. The right shoe also seems to be developing some of the same where it is creasing ... however, note that I wear these a LOT, and they are not really good suede.
Tom (LeatherSoul) posted a pair of his well worn alden suede NSTs on AAAC and they are rockin' with all the wear. This is how I want my suede shoes to look, well loved and well taken care of. I have read that Alden uses the top manufacturer of suede ...