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Chocolate Suede Shoes

Perhaps because it's the first week back after Labor Day—the unofficial start of fall—or because fashion week is starting up today, but I've got this feeling like its the first week of school. Which, for me, always meant new shoes. This fall, I'll be pulling on a pair of chocolate suede shoes. Both the color and texture is rich and supple, which makes for a perfect pairing to the season's coming clothes. They work with anything from off duty corduroy blazers and jeans to more dressed up flannel trousers and cashmere sweaters. Plus they won't show as much dirt or stains as sand or caramel colored suede. And whether you're a desert boot type or favor a more gentlemanly loafer, there's a style for you.

Italian made penny loafers, $450 by Sid Mashburn


Wingtip oxford,
$100 by 1901

Italian suede derby,
$99 (on sale) by Johnston & Murphy

Goodyear-welted longwings,
$170 by Florsheim


British made cap toe oxfords,
$345 by Grenson


American made ankle boot,
$149 by Polo Ralph Lauren

  • The term suede comes from the French "gants de Suède", which literally means "gloves of Sweden".

Monk strap,
$255 by Shipton & Heneage