A few weeks ago, I was at a client’s office reviewing progress on our most recent collaboration. For this upcoming collection, we detailed some material combinations with suede as the dominant material of choice. During our meeting, there was some uncertainty amongst sales and merchandising, about the stigma of suede being used in the summer season as opposed to it being better suited material for other seasons.

Having been a designer for over 10 years, I have heard this question posed over and over again. Perhaps 10 years ago, I may have considered the argument that suede is a material that is better suited for the fall months {however, even back then, I did not conform to conventional thinking}. Today, I definitely don’t have any doubt in my mind that suede is timeless and season less and major brands are utilizing suede year round.  Yes, you may think, what about in those rainy or snowy cities during winter months? You’re likely correct that they’re not wearing suede during a storm, but who is willing to argue that the fashion savvy woman is not pulling out her Isabel Marant pumps when she arrives at the dinner party?

This summer, high end designers to commercial brands, delivered a variety of styles of suede footwear. In reading the many reviews on the websites, you notice that the common thread positive feedback for suede is: its comfort, its soft feel, and its rich looks.

The following is a small sampling of the many suede offerings for this summer and pre-fall.

Clockwise from top left:  1.) Azzedine Alaia, Studded Sandal 2.) Sam Edelman, Grenna 3.) Jeffrey Cambell, Jenna 4.) Giuseppe Zanotti,  Suede Cage Sandal 5.) Ugg Australia, Arianna 6.) Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Pink suede sandal  7.) Dries Van Noten, Black suede sandal  8.) Jimmy Choo, Widdin ballet flats.