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.

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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.

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