When choosing the right shoes to complement your outfit, the material you select is a key factor. So, when it comes to suede vs leather shoes, what do you need to consider when choosing your footwear?

Smart or casual attire

Smart leather shoes are the best choice for a business suit or a formal occasion such as a wedding or gala dinner. Black brogues like the Robinson Kerry are a great wardrobe staple.

Suede or leather shoes can be worn with a smart casual tweed suit for everyday office wear or a slightly more relaxed look for a special occasion. Chinos and jeans are best paired with suede shoes and a crisp shirt, allowing you to hone the casual look without compromising on style.

Weather & season dependent

Suede shoes are better suited to the good weather months, they favour dry days and can be paired with lighter clothing such as linen trousers. However, with the right pre-emptive care and a good suede protector spray, suede shoes in darker tones can be an excellent choice all year round.

Leather shoes can also be worn throughout the year. A classic Oxford or Derby shoe is a versatile choice for every season. For the winter months, a leather boot like the R.M. Williams Chinchilla is a great pick. Or, opt for a deck shoe like the Dubarry Port in navy for sunny days.

Why choose suede or leather?

If the question of suede vs leather shoes is proving difficult, why choose at all? At Robinson’s Shoes we have a huge range of combined leather and suede shoes. This combination of materials is great for a versatile look for every outfit and season. These shoes have all the class of a leather dress shoe, with the smart casual twist that a hint of suede brings to an outfit.

For an Oxford shoe, we love the Barker Brandon in cedar calf and blue suede. For the Derby equivalent, the Barker Haig is an excellent option. The subtle hint of blue suede allows these shoes to coordinate well with jeans or navy chinos, as well as a navy suit.

If your preference suede, but with a hint of leather detail the Barker Elliot is the shoe for you. Pair the terra suede and cherry calf option with a Barker belt in cherry calf for a complete look.

Wardrobe staples

With suede vs leather shoes, it comes down to personal preference. The outfit, time of the year, and colour tones can greatly influence your footwear choice. We recommend having a pair of each in your wardrobe to cover all occasions. Alternatively, opt for a combined suede and leather shoe to step out in style every time.

Shop our shoe care products to keep your chosen footwear in top condition. You can also read our advice on how to restore faded suede shoes to spruce up your existing pair.