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Do Suede Shoes Stretch More?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sartorially Challenged, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Sartorially Challenged

    Sartorially Challenged Senior member

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    Holding all other variables constant, do suede shoes stretch more over time compared to finished calf shoes?

    I have noticed that, in my case, the answer is yes and I am now thinking about buying suede shoes 1/2 size smaller than my finished calf or shell cordovan shoes (assuming same maker/last).

    What do the other forumites think?
     
  2. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Holding all other variables constant, do suede shoes stretch more over time compared to finished calf shoes? I have noticed that, in my case, the answer is yes and I am now thinking about buying suede shoes 1/2 size smaller than my finished calf or shell cordovan shoes (assuming same maker/last). What do the other forumites think?
    I don't think suede shoes stretch. Thin leather might stretch; maybe soft leather but the finish shoulder matter. I have, however, noticed that white shirts stretch less than colored ones.
     
  3. 888style

    888style Senior member

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    Noticed the same thing with Asian women. [​IMG]
     
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    Sartorially Challenged Senior member

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    I don't think suede shoes stretch. Thin leather might stretch; maybe soft leather but the finish shoulder matter.

    I have, however, noticed that white shirts stretch less than colored ones.

    That brings up the question -- even from the same makers, are suede shoes made with thinner leather than finished calf shoes?
     
  6. gnatty8

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    Not scientific by any means, but I tend to think that yes, they do stretch ever so slightly. I have had a couple pairs of suede shoes for a couple of years now and they seem to be somewhat more "relaxed" than when I first got them. That said, I have not found calf shoes to "stretch" at all, and if they did, I would have to say they did not fit you well in the first place.
     
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    I don't think suede shoes stretch. Thin leather might stretch; maybe soft leather but the finish shoulder matter.

    I have, however, noticed that white shirts stretch less than colored ones.


    Maybe so, but what about white suits?

    [​IMG]
     
  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have only found suede shoes with simple construction and thinner leather, like desert boots, to stretch a little. But I wouldn't go down a half size.

    My suede oxfords haven't stretched any more than any other regular leather oxford or monk.
     
  9. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Noticed the same thing with Asian women. [​IMG]
    No doubt a major reason why they're so popular.
     
  10. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Maybe so, but what about white suits? [​IMG]
    See, now if he had metal buttons and patch pockets on that, it'd still be wearable today.
     

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