High End Suede Shoes

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  1. feathers73

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    I love suede shoes but I never buy high end ones because they don't seem to last as far as keeping them looking clean. To me rather than gaining character with age they look rough. Am I missing something?
     
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    I love suede shoes but I never buy high end ones because they don't seem to last as far as keeping them looking clean. To me rather than gaining character with age they look rough. Am I missing something?

    That's been my experience also. There are probably ways to care for them but I don't know what they are.
     
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    I love suede shoes but I never buy high end ones because they don't seem to last as far as keeping them looking clean. To me rather than gaining character with age they look rough. Am I missing something?

    Yes you are.

    You are also a novice, newbie.

    trying to keep suede shoes "clean" is like trying to keep linen clothing wrinkle-free.
     
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    Yes you are.

    You are also a novice, newbie.

    trying to keep suede shoes "clean" is like trying to keep linen clothing wrinkle-free.


    What is it that he is missing?
     
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    1. Suede protector spray
    2. Suede bar
    3. Suede brush
     
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    1. Suede protector spray
    2. Suede bar
    3. Suede brush


    With the items listed above and with regular care, will a pair of suede shoes last as long as a pair of leather ones?
     
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    onix Senior member

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    With the items listed above and with regular care, will a pair of suede shoes last as long as a pair of leather ones?

    Yes, they just have a different kind of "patina".
     
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    I love suede shoes but I never buy high end ones because they don't seem to last as far as keeping them looking clean. To me rather than gaining character with age they look rough. Am I missing something?
    are you running through mud or something? I love suede because they in my opinion keep better than leather (just my opinion).

    they look great after being rained on, etc.
     
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    I love suede because they in my opinion keep better than leather (just my opinion).

    they look great after being rained on, etc.

    My suede shoes have held up well. I don't wear them often, but I also don't do anything special to keep them looking nice except brush them before each wear.
     
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    My suede shoes have held up well. I don't wear them often, but I also don't do anything special to keep them looking nice except brush them before each wear.

    I brush gently infrequently as well. good suede versus bad suede...?
     
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    One of the reasons for which I like suede shoes is that they require less care than leather shoes in order to look "acceptable", IMO; just a bit of brushing when you get home from work or leisure. But a disadvantage is that they don't age that well. Actually, some leather shoes, when polished, look fantastic also after many years of wear. They seem to acquire a nice "patina" with age. And that cannot be said about suede shoes (IMO).
    Thus, just as the OP suggests, I tend to be more reluctant to spend a substantial amount of money on suede shoes than on leather shoes. All of my suede shoes are Carmina (which have a reasonable retail price) or Santoni, and my suede Santonis I bougth on sale.
     
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    One of the reasons for which I like suede shoes is that they require less care than leather shoes in order to look "acceptable", IMO; just a bit of brushing when you get home from work or leisure. But a disadvantage is that they don't age that well. Actually, some leather shoes, when polished, look fantastic also after many years of wear. They seem to acquire a nice "patina" with age. And that cannot be said about suede shoes (IMO).
    Thus, just as the OP suggests, I tend to be more reluctant to spend a substantial amount of money on suede shoes than on leather shoes. All of my suede shoes are Carmina (which have a reasonable retail price) or Santoni, and my suede Santonis I bougth on sale.

    I have:

    EG suede
    Alden Suede
    Peluso Suede
    Carmina Suede
    (and some others)

    Carmina does the best suede of the bunch in my opinion
     
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    Anyone have any pics of old-ass suede shoes?

    The suede on my girlfriend's clarks are in surprisingly good shape after two years, despite having been completely soaked by the rain several times.
     
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    Anyone have any pics of old-ass suede shoes?

    The suede on my girlfriend's clarks are in surprisingly good shape after two years, despite having been completely soaked by the rain several times.


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    I've got suede from Edward Green, Alfred Sargent, Loake and Cheaney. The AS suede is probably my favourite. Nothing wrong with the EG suede, but unlike their calf it isn't noticeably better than the cheaper shoes.
     
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    I've got suede from Edward Green, Alfred Sargent, Loake and Cheaney. The AS suede is probably my favourite. Nothing wrong with the EG suede, but unlike their calf it isn't noticeably better than the cheaper shoes.


    I have a few pairs of EG suedes and what I've noticed is that there is lots of variation in quality. One pair has the some of the softest suede I've encountered while another pair is a step down from my Alfred Sargent suede. A bit odd there's not more quality control at EG with their suede. Perhaps that will change one of these days.
     

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