Step Out In (Not On) Your Blue Suede Shoes!

Shoes…a girl can’t have enough! As I write this post, my feet are covered by a gorgeous, comfortable, high-heeled mix of shoe and ankle boot, and yes, they are suede.

Okay, black suede, not blue, but I don’t want anyone to step on my black suede shoes! Ouch, and you might scuff the velvety finish.

Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, shirts, purses, furniture and other items.  Suede leather is made from the underside of the hide, usually lamb, although goat and calf are sometimes used. However, to save animals, suede is often a man made, manufactured fabric with a brushed or napped finish to resemble suede leather.


Suede Fun Fact: The term suede comes from the French “gants de Suede” which means “Swedish gloves.” Suede fabric was originally used for women’s gloves.

Suede gives a softer appearance of crushed velvet. Suede’s softness, thinness and pliability make the material suitable for clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories. Suede is a mix of casual and fancy.

Step out in, not on, your blue suede shoes!

Step out in suede shoes, step out in style!


Shoes, although worn on the feet, can be the crowning glory to any outfit, adding just the right touch. Much like a hat on the head. Turn a dressy garment into fabulous and a kick-around outfit into sporty and sharp merely by wearing suede shoes.

Suede Not So Fun Fact: Due to suede’s textured nature and open pores, suede may become dirty and quickly absorb liquids. Best not to wear your suede shoes in the rain. I remember wearing a pair of  suede moccasin boots in the rain once. The suede bottoms got slippery and I fell flat on my tushy. Ah, what we do for fashion! Worth it!

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Fabrics manufactured with a brushed or napped finish to resemble real suede leather often provide a similar look to suede, but have advantages, such as increased liquid and stain resistance.  And saving animals!

Microsuede is a microfiber knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but is easily distinguishable from actual suede leather. Microsuede has a great deal of stretch and is used in both garments and upholstery.

What’s a fashionable, smart thing to do? Step out on the town in a snazzy suede shoe!


Whether you prefer heels, flats, boots or shoes, investing in a pair of suede shoes is a great choice for you! A stylish, trendy thing to do!

Suede Fun Fact: Sueded silk, sueded cotton and similar sueded fabrics are brushed, sanded or chemically treated for extra softness. Suede yarns are generally thick and plush.



Suede Leather Fun Fact: Because suede doesn’t include the tough exterior skin layer of leather (the process called splitting) suede is less durable, but softer than standard, full-grain leather!

“Excuse me, but you just stepped on my black suede shoes!”

“Learn the words!”

Roll your eyes and continue walking on, knowing that you and your fabulous suede shoes know the words to the song! Ah, the person who stepped on your foot is completely wrong!

Be swayed by the fashion buzz to wear suede!

Suede shoes? Snazzy and super pizzazzy!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy’s next Natalie North book is scheduled for a tentative 2015 release date. Nancy  has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong relationship with fashion in her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano, Twitter @nancymangano and her fashion/style/beauty/book blog


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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