It is in the masochistic vein human nature to love what brings us pain. Some of us enjoy extra spicy food, or booze, while others go for suede.
Suede is notoriously hard to care for. The porous napped leather is the veritable Bubble Boy of animal skins, prone to absorbing dirt, water, and all manner of stains three-month old babies usually fall prey to. But suede is luxe, soft, and oh-so comfortable. It makes a statement as you walk down the streets, it catches eyes and screams, “I’m too fashion to care!” as you secretly sweat under the collar praying you neither step into a murky puddle, nor become trapped in rain. It is this constant Russian Roulette with the elements that makes people opt for other, easier fabrics to don aside from the buttery leather.
In spite of this, suede sneakers are becoming ever more ubiquitous, with labels reupholstering popular sneaker forms in suede to add to the lust factor. They’re the perfect marriage between athleisure and high fashion, doubling down on the usual comfort that sneakers provide without sacrificing any style.
To prove a point, check out our pick of the most stunning suede sneakers right now.
The Nike Air Max 90’s sporty silhouette gets a preppy upgrade with a full-on suede upper in black or grey, and some tan leather panels stitched along the side. We love anything that can get you through the door at a dressy event while keeping you at your comfortable best, and these babies just could (although we’d draw the line at black tie).
S$377, available on Bodega.
Tan, pastel, and grey were key colours of the year, and Converse chose to rework them for their classic 70s skater favourite shoe, the One Stars. Long hair suede is used for the upper, with Lunarlon in-soles and CONS-patented rubber outsoles for added grip. Perfect for relieving your skater days in style when you’re too grown to grind.
S$116, available on Nike.
There’s a hint of the Yeezy Boost 350 in the ZX Flux, but far more futuristic. The shoe crosses a suede upper with a neoprene heel, in complementary black, tan and grey. Design-wise, this remodelled ZX Flux toes the line with more couture sensibilities, making this a preppy suede staple for any legit sneakerhead.
S$289, available on Adidas.
Rockrunners have always been a fixture on the Valentino portfolio, but these suede-camo renditions are a nice departure from the usual leather offerings. Not only are they eye-catching, but easier to manage for those worried about committing to full-on suede, given that there are only suede panels on each pair.
S$1297, available on Valentino.
If clunky, retro-inspired sneakers are up your alley, give these babies a shot. Asics’ specially-released suede pack keeps it clean with a monochromatic upper juxtaposed by a off-white soles (also available in a dark tan and grey), and they’re so ideal for everyday wear. Just toss this on with denim jeans and a white tee, and you’re good to go.
S$220, available on Suppa.