Suede shoes recommendations?

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  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    I've been thinking about it for some time, and finally looking to purchase some brown suede lace ups. I was looking at the JM westons in the Esquire article on suede shoes, but haven't purchased any westons to date. advice?
     
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    I own J M Weston suede demi-chasse split toe shoes. The suede used by JMW is very nice and has worn very well. The shoes are several years old. In lesser shoes the suede shows crease marks in the vamp area. Not in JMW.

    Aside for the JMW spit toes being a bit narrow, the shoe is exceptional. I have other suede shoes made by Alden (which show crease marks) and Edward Green. JMW's are equal if not nicer then my EGs'. I also have a Gucci loafer in suede that wears very nicely, without showing crease marks.
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Very tasty indeed. Of course, I might opt for the 598 demi-chasse blucher like jrh or a monkstrap, and I might opt for tobacco suede instead of chocolate brown, but you really can't go too far wrong with either JM Weston or nice suede shoes.
     
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    The C & J Westminster is marked down on Pediwear.  Nice tobacco suede.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Suede" is a generic term for various leathers with a rough surface. Most suede is "reversed calf" (sanded down on the flesh side); traditionally it comes from game like stag, cape buck (hence the name "buck") or the chamois ("chamois leather").

    I believe genuine game suede is rougher, less even and velvety in its surface than reversed calf (and harder wearing), but I'm not an expert. I think the two pairs of suede that I own are reversed calf and not genuine game, but I'm not really sure.
     
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    Edward Green does a stag suede. I suspect this is the Genuine game suede. I have it in a Dover. It is exceptional stuff.
     
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    Brooks Brothers has some nice suede oxfords that are made by Alden. Can't seem to figure out how to post the link here, but you can see them on the BB website.
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You mean these? [​IMG] The Brooks Brothers stores also have Peal suede chukka boots and half-brogue bals that are very nice.
     
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    Jcusey--Yes, I'm pretty sure that's the style I saw in the store, although they looked somewhat nicer there.
     

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