Suede shoes

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  1. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Easy enough question. Chocolate brown suede, BTW.
     


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    NoVaguy Senior member

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    Don't see why not. I'm wearing a pair of crappy chocolate suede boots right now, and also mix in suede bit loafers as well.
     


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    Carlo Senior member

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    Johnny - if you are walking down the street with me you can blame me and say it was my idea... I'll be wearing them.
     


  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Absolutely, if they're loafers.
     


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    BjornH Senior member

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    I am hesitant to wear them in the summer. I have two, clunky Tod's boots and a pair of brogues. The brogues are borderline but the boots are purely fall/spring/winter IMO.

    I guess it also depends on the shoe - a suede loafer is very appropriate for example.

    B
     


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    Teacher Senior member

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    Why the hell not? Don't let some stodgy turd's antiquated "rule" disallow the wearing of suede during summer. If you think it looks good with your outfit and it feels good at the time, then wear it. The rest of us be damned.
     


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    Phil Senior member

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    Yes, if someone tells you otherwise, they dont know what they are talking about. But, like anything, proportion should be noted. I wouldnt wear a chunky pair of suede brogues in the summer, just as I wouldnt wear a pair of chunky calfskin brogues in the summer, since their heft would look odd with lighter summer weight fabrics.
     


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    VKK3450 Senior member

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    God I hope so.

    I am going to be wearing my suede chukkas this summer because the rest of the year in Amsterdam is too wet for me to venture out in them...

    Rules be damned

    K
     


  10. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    "Stodgy turd"?  Well, I never.

    Several people - decades older than me -- have told me that there is (or used to be) a rule or tradtion or whatever that suede shoes are not worn in summer, with the exception of white bucks.  I have never found this rule recorded in any books, and have yet to meet a shoemaker or shoe expert who believes in it.

    Personally, I wear suede shoes all year 'round.
     


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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    If you look at the photos in the new "Fred Astaire Style" book, Astaire wore dark brown suede shoes (including chukka boots) year-round and matched them with light-colored wool gabardines as well as his customary gray flannels.
     


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    Cliff Senior member

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    Wear 'em if you got 'em . [​IMG]
     


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    To distill the opinions one could infer that while suede is often used for sturdier shoes, suitable for the colder seasons, it's not the suede but the design that can look odd in summer. How about this 'rule'...

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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Isn't the drawing in the suede shoe section of Flusser's last book of a man wearing a khaki suit and tan suede shoes?
     


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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Yes. There's also text in this book from Flusser approving year-round use for suede. Similar text in the Roetzel book in an illustration of Alden suede shoes.
     


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