Don't be fooled into thinking that trainers should be reserved for casual occasions. Trainer styles are evolving and formal sneakers are becoming increasingly popular as dress codes shift. Suede sneakers offer a particularly versatile solution to smart casual or business casual dress codes. Wear yours year round – teamed with a sharp tailored suit for those dressier occasions, or with your favourite pair of denim jeans and a casual T-shirt at the pub on the weekend.
Not sure where to start? These are the suede sneaker styles we're loving right now.
Handcrafted in Portugal from waterproof suede, these dark green suede sneakers from Dalgado are designed for ultimate comfort and breathability. Pair them with a pair of smart trousers and one of Dalgado's leather belts for a fail-safe business casual look.
Portuguese footwear label JAK is renowned for its sleek, minimalist sneakers, like this elegantly understated suede style. The classic, lightweight silhouette makes them versatile and easy-to-wear, while an orange stripe on the heel adds a subtle pop of colour.
These black waterproof trainers from North-89 are perfect for year-round wear. With Italian suede detailing and comfortable calfskin lining, they're designed to last the distance. You can never go wrong with black sneakers.
Keep it low key with these elegant sneakers from experts in sustainable footwear Uniform Standard. Handcrafted from premium Italian leather and recycled materials, they guarantee equal parts comfort and style. Wear them with navy chinos and an Oxford shirt for a timeless take on smart casual.
Ultra-comfortable and lightweight, these suede high tops from leather experts Hardgraft offer a sock-like feel with the support of a sneaker. Handcrafted in Italy from the finest Italian suede, they'll stand the test of time if you look after them properly.
Oliver Cabell has mastered the art of leather sneakers and the proof is in these meticulously crafted suede low tops, made from a combination of calfskin leather and suede from Veneto, Italy. Their simple silhouette lends them ultimate versatility: Wear them with anything from jeans and a hoodie to smart tailored trousers.
These luxurious shearling-lined sneakers from Aurélien are perfect for warming frosty feet in the colder months. The plush upper is crafted from Aurélien's signature Softey Suede upper, in 100% French calfskin.
Style meets function in the form of WAHTS' Norris Lightweight Runner, which combines a sleek and sophisticated silhouette with robust construction and a cushioned Vibram sole. The contrast of black suede upper and chunky white sole will elevate any sports luxe ensemble.
Swedish footwear label Myrqvist never fails to disappoint with its meticulously handcrafted shoes, and its Oaxen sneakers are no different. They're made in Portugal from premium water repellant suede from British tannery Charles F. Stead with leather board heel caps for ultimate comfort.
These minimalist high top sneakers from Italian footwear experts Velasca occupy the space between smart and casual, making them a versatile no-brainer for day-to-day wear. They're handcrafted in the Italian shoemaking district of Montegranaro, from premium suede and a sturdy rubber sole.
ETQ Amsterdam's signature LT 01 style is a contemporary take on the classic tennis sneaker. Its minimalist timelessness and top-notch construction (it's made from metal-free tanned Nubuck leather with flexible Strobel constructed soles and a TPU outsole) makes it a go-to shoe that you'll reach for time and again.
Comovita's premium suede sneakers are handcrafted in Spain and transported directly from the factory to your door, avoiding unnecessary middlemen and transportation costs. Their low-key casual style makes them ideal for everyday wear, with jeans or chinos.
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