Few shoe styles compare to the best suede boots in your wardrobe come fall. Cut from luxuriously soft fabric, they’re the boot style you wait all year to wear in crisp temperatures, though, yes; they’re entirely acceptable year-round if you’re a die-hard. But autumn’s brisk and refreshing weather makes supple ankle boots, knee-high silhouettes, and heeled varieties all the more appealing, if not downright quintessential.
With casual wear like jeans and sweaters, you can’t go wrong with a suede ankle boot, be it heeled or flat. For the ultimate in laid-back, a sturdy lug-sole or low stacked-heel reads easy-chic in black, brown, or tan, while minimal mid-calf or to-the-knee designs work well for extra warmth over pants. When you’ve tossed on a midi dress for work or dinner with friends, minimal block heel, slouchy, and knee-high suede styles are flawless in coordinating shades from neutral tones to colors. Select an unexpected hue like blue or caper green to play off of a pretty print. When dressing up for more formal occasions like a cocktail party or elegant night out, aim for more dramatic silhouettes like a stiletto, angled, or demure kitten heel—your choice to opt for an ankle-skimming, knee-high, or thigh-grazing length. Then, of course, there are buzzy trends to give any fall outfit au courant appeal. This season, it’s all about nostalgic lug soles, the over-the-knee resurgence, and western-inspired silhouettes for ’90s and ‘00s-era looks.
Keep scrolling for a comprehensive edit of the best suede boots for women. You’ll discover everything from versatile styles all guaranteed to last for decades in your wardrobe all the way to the freshest trends worthy of investment this season. Plus, tips for caring for suede, from protective tips to cleaning and storage.
Few shoes feel quintessentially fall quite like a suede ankle boot, be it a stacked, low block heel, or western-inspired design. What’s more, they transition well into other seasons with springtime dresses, summer shorts, and beyond.
The most comfortable heeled boot in the game is undoubtedly the block heel. For a more casual look, opt for one in the one to two-inch range. Boots that are three inches and up will create a more dressed-up effect. Then, there are slim-heeled boots that are perfect for a slightly more feminine look. So whether a kitten height or sky-high stiletto suits your tastes, reach for these on more formal occasions.
For the ultimate in comfort, a flat suede boot is a must. First, start building your assortment with black, brown, and beige. Then, add in other versatile designs, like a trendy lug sole—perhaps a knee-high design to offset the femininity of a dress—or a shearling-lined pair in cold winter weather.
Lean into ’90s and ’00s nostalgia with a pair of lug-sole suede boots. Even better, many are well-suited to cold-weather moments, coming in water-resistant fabrics or lined with toasty shearling.
Knee-high boots are among the most elegant, no matter if you dress them up or down. Try slouchy or slim-fit designs tucked under midi hemlines, from skirts to dresses, and wider shafts with slim jeans tucked in. When taking runway cues, don’t miss out on the over-the-knee boot resurgence. They’re certainly the most dramatic of the suede bunch, whether a flat or heeled style speaks your sartorial language.
While western boots are a signature of designers like Isabel Marant, they also boast a decided trendiness this season, with options abounding from many labels. Some skew more literal than others, with features like angled and stacked heels and pointed toes as signature details.
How to Care For Your Suede Boots
Once you’ve chosen your go-to suede boot styles, care should be your number one priority to ensure they last not just one season but through many. Vogue sought out experts Sarah Pierson explains, Margaux co-founder and Loeffler Randall founder and creative director Jessie Randall, for their tips.
Treat Your Boots Before First Wear
“We recommend treating your boots before they’re exposed to the elements to keep them looking their best,” Margaux co-founder Sarah Pierson tells Vogue, suggesting a suede protector from a trusted brand. She cites Scotchgard as one of her favorites and Margaux’s specially-developed suede care kit, including a spray-on cleaner and protectant and suede brush.
“Be sure to test it in an inconspicuous place before treating your shoes,” she advises. “You can use a suede brush to gently remove any marks or scuffs to the suede between wears and a spray-on cleaner to treat surface marks or stains. After you’ve cleaned your suede—or at minimum, every few wears—treat the suede with protectant again to guard against future wear.”
Brush Your Boots Between Wears
Loeffler Randall founder and creative director Jessie Randall also recommends NYC’s Leather Spa and their product line as her go-to trusted source. “For day-to-day [care at home], it’s a good idea to purchase a suede brush to brush your boots after you wear them. This removes dirt from the suede fibers before it sets in, helping to keep suede boots and shoes looking good longer.” It’s also essential to store suede shoes properly to extend their longevity. “Before storing your suede (or any shoe, really), make sure they’ve thoroughly air-dried, particularly if they were exposed to snow or rain,” Pierson says. “We recommend storing boots upright on a shelf or in a rigid box to protect their structure. You can also use a shoe tree or shoe shaper to help return or retain their shape.”
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