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. Offering a nice textured alternative to traditional leather sneakers, suede sneakers are 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 best suede sneakers for men in 2023

The best men's suede sneakers to buy in 2023

JAK Desert Royal Lite Sneakers

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. The ideal summer alternative to your leather Common Projects.

North-89 Black Weatherproof No-1 Sneakers

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.

Oliver Cabell White GAT Sneakers

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 heavyweight hoodie to smart tailored trousers.

Aurélien Shearling Lined Ash Grey Voyager Sneaker

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.

WAHTS Norris Lightweight Runner

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.

Myrqvist Oaxen Grey Suede Sneakers

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.

Velasca Ghisa Sneakers

These minimalist mid-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.

CLAE Bradley Pearl Grey Suede Sneakers

LA label CLAE keeps things simple yet elegant with its suede Bradley sneakers. Wear them day-to-day with chinos and an overshirt for effortless casual style.

Crown Northampton Harslestone Hand Stitch Derby

If you're looking for a smart-casual sneaker that will take you effortlessly from an important business meeting to after-work drinks, look no further than these sophisticated hand-stitched Derby sneakers from Crown Northampton. Handmade in Northampton, England from Scottish deer suede, they epitomise Crown's enduring commitment to premium footwear craftsmanship.

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