Originally Posted by Ahab
I cannot speak for the split toe. I really do not have a strong feeling to own any. Same with the chukka. I purchased a pair after it seemed everyone here raved about them but I just do not think they fit my style.
As for suede, I love it. I had doubts because I was ignorant and though high (to me) end suede would be fragile and stain, blah. blah blah.
Well I picked up to pairs of white suede Alden's in one week. First I ordered some white suede bucks off the seconds list. A couple of days later I walked into Alden DC and they had a white suede saddle shoe one sale for a price I could not pass up so I grabbed those.
I had doubts about white bucks as I have NEVER worn them before. But since I had two pairs of white I just forgot about getting them dirty, stained or scuffed. Now I cannot wait to break them out (soon!). I wear them all summer, with and without socks. As a matter of fact I wore them at a beach wedding and it was perfect.
Later that year I picked up a pair of snuff suede plain toe boots with crepe soles off of the seconds list. Again I had some fears about getting them stained or messing them up. Now I love them and appreciate them for the ability to wear them in rain and even mud. I still do not like wearing shell in rain because of a bad experience with water spots, but suede is like this magic leather that I have grown to love. I think it is right behind chromexcel with cordovan for me.
Here is a pic of the white suede saddle shoes:
And here are the boots in Mexico:
I also have to add that I was anti crepe for a while but have also grown to love crepe through actual use.