Suede is made from leather that has been sanded down to give it a raw surface which offers a casual look that works well for less formal occasions.
Suede, what is it exactly? At its most simple there are three different types and terms. Suede, nubuck and suede split. Suede is made from the underside of the animal hide. To achieve the desired surface look and feel the underside of the hide is sanded down. Conversely, nubuck is made from the exterior of the skin where the pelt sits. While the hide is also sanded down to get a matte finish nubuck is less ‘shaggy’ than suede. Suede split is produced by splitting the hide into a double layer. The end result is a sturdier yet thinner material that isn’t as fine as regular suede.
Quality boots are almost exclusively made with a Goodyear welt construction, made by machine or by hand. This makes it easier to replace the sole when it’s worn out and handed in to the cobbler for resoling. Suede offers a casual look and works particularly well on a model that is less formal too. This is an exclusive pair from Edward Green for Mr Porter. The model is called Nevis and has been hand-sewn in dark-brown suede with a sheepskin lining. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: opt for a specialist when you’re buying shoes and boots. Someone who only manufactures one thing, has done so for a long time and does it properly. You really do get what you pay for. In this case the boot is from high-end manufacturer Edward Green and from the British shoe metropolis of Northampton.