May
7
2014
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G.H. Bass & Co., $79

We're all familiar with the timeless summer sailing white of the Bass buck and wingtip, but go for this taupe alternative for a more versatile option that's less susceptible to unsightly scuffs.

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The Best
Suede Shoes

As you pack away your winter wools and leathers to retune your wardrobe for spring and summer, consider the age-old rule and build from the ground up. A fresh pair of shoes is often the catalyst for ideas about what to wear for the warmer months that allows you to dress up or down with ease. Start the season on the right foot with one of these handsome suede options that run the whole spectrum from casual to formal. Whether you're sticking to the tried and true shape of a penny loafer or an updated take on the humble espadrille, you'll walk in strides of confidence pairing any of these classic brown shades with your spring blues.

 

Castañer, $155

Castañer hand-stitches every pair of these rugged jute-soled slip-ons in an unexpected upgrade from the usual canvas. They wear more like a pair of Vans.

 

J.Crew, $198

Consider this the rightful heir to your overworked Top-Siders with Goodyear welted rubber soles that will keep you happily sockless all summer. Plus, they come in three sharp colors.

 

Suitsupply, $289

The wild card of your collection that are actually more versatile than you might think. They'll do your summer suits justice, but also pair them with your denim and chinos.

 

Clarks, $120

These crepe-soled classics were originally designed for the rigors of military duty and remain the hardiest and most comfortable surface for walking in warm weather.

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    Save Your Suede: Take a pre-emptive strike against spring showers by waterproofing your suede as soon as you get them.
    It's not difficult to maintain, you simply need to know what to use when protecting or spot cleaning.
 

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