Would you spend $500 on a pair of suede shoes?

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  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    I'm sorry those look fucking ridiculous
     


  2. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    since i wear suede more often than calf, it actually makes more sense to spend MORE on suede....
     


  3. antikantian

    antikantian Senior member

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    I have a similar pair of Alden longwings in navy suede, and they have held up well. I wouldn't, however, wear them with a suit because they are a much more casual shoe. To be more suit-appropriate, I'd want a less chunky shoe.
     


  4. imatlas

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    Have you tried them on? Do you know your sizing on Alden lasts?
     


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    care to explain? as you own shoes of decent quality, afaik.
     


  6. Mr. Caber

    Mr. Caber Senior member

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    I do not. I fit a 13D in my AE Park Aves, if that's any help.

    antikantian, does that mean you'd be adverse to a similarly chunky non-suede longwing with a suit? I like the chunk factor, but then I'm a big guy.
     


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  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes to paying a lot of money for good, suede shoes.

    No, to those style of long wings. It is a matter of personal opinion and taste.

    I prefer a cap toe. I think they can look more elegant when needed yet casual with well worn denim.

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  9. mr monty

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    Now clean your suede shoes the same way you clean your leather shoes
     


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    Yes; those shoes specifically, even, which I bought yesterday. It'll be my third suede Alden shoe. I like them just as much as, if not a little more, than all of the non-suede shoes I own.

    There might not be as large of an appreciable difference in quality between nice suede and nice non-suede leather, but the material isn't usually the bulk of what you're paying for. Unless it's cordovan.

    Anyway, point being: suede shoes are great. They're worth what you're willing to pay for them. Which for me, is the whatever $500 that they sell for everywhere.
     


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    Gdot Senior member

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    In my opinion you can probably get away with either light colored, chunky or suede with a suit. But not all three and probably not even both.

    A chunky longwing in calf = workable

    A sleeker longwing in suede = workable

    A light colored oxford in either calf or suede = workable.

    Adding or combining from above is pushing it pretty far for suits.

    I'd have to say that the shoe pocketsquare posted above is as close as I think you can come to an 'all purpose' suede shoe. You could get away with it with almost anything.
     
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    I got to be honest and say no, I only buy suede shoes for cheap, I like the look of calfskin more
     


  13. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    :butbut:
     


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