Clash of the Titans. A contest for the ages. Once in their life, two grown-ups compete to see who will emerge victorious. We are here to facilitate this fierce battle. Who is in the ring? Suede and leather. Some men swear by suede shoes while others will not be seen without full grain leather shoes. Is there a correct answer? We’re not sure, but we’ll find it if there is one.
Men’s leather shoes are durable and look great. Suede shoes for men may not have the stamina or endurance associated with casual leather shoes, but make up for it with their looks and versatility. This one could go 12 rounds.
How to style leather shoes
The last century has seen a huge diversification in the options of men’s footwear. In the past, leather shoes were the only choice because they were more durable, but we’ll get to that later. In 2020, there is a plethora of different styles and materials to choose from. Men’s shoes range from lightweight running sneakers that focus on breathability and support to luxury men’s sneakers that focus on elegance. Men’s leather shoes have also diversified. Now you can choose from formal mens leather shoes like derby shoes or oxford shoes as well as high end leather sneakers for men.
The constant growth of the genre of men’s leather shoes means that styling leather shoes has never been easier. In addition, modern style pays less and less attention to tradition. Wearing a suit with minimal sneakers like those made by CQP is as acceptable as moccasins with jeans – be sure to read How To Style Moccasins. However, we recommend a conservative approach to styling if you are unsure.
Less is more, start slowly and learn what works and what doesn’t. Start by keeping classic leather shoes with more elegant outfits. Styling leather Oxford shoes or leather loafers with tailored pants will never look good. On the other hand, reserve men’s leather sneakers for casual outfits involving jeans and chinos. More importantly, how do you feel about the style? If you feel uncomfortable, it’s probably not right. Look for proven brands like Grenson or GH Bass & Co. for sure leather success.
How to style suede shoes
Just like leather shoes, suede shoes for men come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Suede is a less common material for use on shoes, but it becomes more and more popular with the seasons. The luxurious material has a texture that leather usually cannot match, which adds an element of intrigue to the shoes. Whether you are looking for men’s suede dress shoes or men’s suede casual shoes, you will find everything you need at OPUMO. Suede sneakers from Filling Pieces to suede moccasins by Sons of London, it’s all here.
While formal leather shoes are usually polished and therefore highly visible, choosing suede oxford shoes can add a casual touch to a formal outfit. It’s this slightly less formal aesthetic that makes suede shoes so versatile. Formal suede shoe styles are ideal when it comes to business-casual style. Pair suede shoes with chinos for a guaranteed victory, even with the most delicate dress codes.
As for men’s suede sneakers, it’s pretty much the same game – completely versatile and super stylish. Remember to protect your suede shoes. While it is important to protect both leather shoes and suede shoes, suede is more susceptible to damage. Wet weather is never good for suede and dirt can be difficult to remove without damaging the material. If you are unsure, be sure to read our guide on how to protect suede shoes.
How long do suede and leather shoes last?
This brings us neatly to the next section. An important consideration when buying a new pair of high quality men’s shoes is durability. Fortunately, both suede and leather are extremely durable at their core. Your shoes would have to undergo real tests to tear the suede or leather.
That said, aesthetically, leather is gaining in durability. While leather can comfortably see a rainy winter day and even puddle splash, suede is best left dry. Whether your new shoes are suede or leather, they should be cleaned and protected regularly.
Really, there is no solid answer to how long your shoes will last. It all depends on how you take care of it, but in general, leather requires less maintenance.
Suede or leather
We promised a winner. We can’t give you a clear winner, but we can give you an answer. The answer starts on your shoe rack. Take a look at your current shoe options. In general, those who have just started a love affair with men’s shoes and only own a few pairs of them will own leather shoes, while more developed collections will incorporate suede. This shows that suede is not as popular as leather and it comes down to durability.
We love leather as much as suede, but it all depends on the context. If you are already happy with having a basic leather shoe, then branch out with suede. If you think you need something designed for tough activities, head straight for leather.
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