Affordable Fall Footwear

Six suede boots for under $150

by Ellis Perry
Suede is and has long been a
top choice for men’s Fall footwear. Suede presents a softer texture than tanned
top-grain, and this might be one of the reasons why suede intuitively feels
like the right material for the season in which the sun’s rays get blunter and
leaves change color. If leather sometimes shouts, suede generally whispers. As
for suede boots, they need neither introduction nor justification. They’re light-weight,
comfortable, easy to coordinate. When Summer retreats, suede boots step-up and
stride into the character of Autumn.
Suede boots can be pricey, but
here are six simple styles and affordable options for men looking to get some
wholesome hide on their hooves without gutting their piggy bank.
Highline Chelsea Boot by Steve

Highline Chelsea Boot by Steve Madden in Sand

Highline Chelsea Boot by Steve Madden in Navy

This classic Chelsea boot made
to carry your blue jeans into Autumn with a touch of European refinement. Sand
is a great color for the sunniest of Autumn days, but there is a downside: this
very light tan doesn’t work well with khakis. With casual attire it is rarely a
good idea for a man’s lower half to match his shoes too exactly. That’s when
navy is a smarter choice.
If you can afford to own only
one pair of suede boots, go with a simple Chelsea.
Abner Chelsea Boot by Stacy

Abner by Stacey Adams in Tan 
Abner by Stacey Adams in Black
The cap-toe Abner has subtle
broguing running up the shaft and on the toe. The rusty, nearly pumpkiny shade
of tan Stacy Adams chose for their Abner is much warmer than Steve Madden’s
sand, so wearing these with khaki chinos wouldn’t be a disaster. Where they’ll
really command attention, though, is with mid-range gray or olive Merino wool
trousers. If you look closely at the details of both the Highline and the
Abner, you’ll see that the Abner is distinctly dressier. These details In black
suede, the Abner a nod to New Romantics and Mods, and a different animal
altogether from the tan. Whether suede Chelsea boots are a wild or domesticated
depends on how you style them.
Wahoo Chelsea Boot by Sperry

Wahoo Chelsea Boots by Sperry
Wahoo Chelsea Boots by Sperry in tan
Billing the Wahoo as a Chelsea
boot is like calling a kayak a canoe or a Vespa a Harley. The Wahoo is
Chelsea-ish on account of its structural details (whole-cut vamp, gusset,
etc.), but the Sperry Wahoo is more of a high-top deck shoe than a Chelsea
boot. Roll-up you chinos, pull-on a meaty sweatshirt, and grab a smart ballcap.
If your goal is to hang loose and be active, this is the boot for you. But if
the Sperry Wahoo leads you to thoughts of topsides and sea squalls, forget
suede. The Gus by Tretorn (below) costs around $100 and wades into wetness
where rawhide fears to tread.

Galloway Chukka Boot by Nunn

Galloway Chukka Boot by Nunn Bush in Tan

Galloway Chukka Boot by Nunn Bush in Chocolate

If you don’t already own a
Chukka boot, this might be the pair with which to start. The rich chocolate
brown goes with trousers of practically any color (except black), and there’s
no casual or smart-casual ensemble that’s worse-off for Chukkas.
Porter Boots by TOMS
Porter Boots by Toms

Porter Boots by Toms in Black

The Porter boot from TOMS
blends the traditional style of a suede lace-up boot with the modern comfort of
an everyday shoe. Don’t get us wrong, we love leather soles but there’s no
doubt that a rubber sole makes a man feel free to take the road less traveled
and blaze his own trail. We love the simplicity of this boot but appreciate the
addition of subtle leather detailing that runs up the backside. Classic,
contemporary and unique – all wrapped up in a single boot.
Ormisten High Tops by Steve

Ormisten Suede High Tops by Steve Madden
Okay, perhaps the Ormisten is
more of a high top sneaker than a boot — but what is a hightop if not a casual
shoe dreaming of one day become a boot? These chocolate suede beauties from
Steve Madden toe the line of casual style and beg to be taken a bit more
seriously. Rock this suede sneaker with solid earth tones for a modern yet
rustic look.
Share your favorite suede
kicks with us in the comments.
Ellis Perry
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.