There are only a few shoe styles that compare to the best suede boots in your wardrobe for fall, winter and early spring. Made from luxe fabric, they’re the boot style many wait months to wear in colder temperatures (though it’s quite reasonable to wear them year-round if you’re a die-hard fan).
And if you were to choose one pair to suit virtually any outfit, a pair in a soft neutral will do the trick. Be it a desert boot, ankle boot, knee-high silhouette, or something of the heeled variety, I can say with confidence that a great pair of tan suede boots will carry you through the seasons.
So, who makes the best tan suede boots for women? Read on to find out.
Founded in 1978 in Mill Valley, California, by husband-and-wife duo Mel and Patricia Ziegler, Banana Republic created and sold collections of pleated khakis, prairie skirts and corduroy blazers in neutral color palettes. They were inspired by safari style, which is where the brand’s name came into play. That source of inspiration dissipated from the early 2000s; that is, until now. In June 2021, the brand launched a vintage collection—items from the company’s safari-style past—and since then it’s been crafting pieces in this style. Their Midshaft Suede Slouchy Boots have garnered many positive reviews for their timeless appeal and versatility, and given the general affordability of the brand, I’d say this is a great option for those looking to find something under $300.
Chloé was founded in 1952 by Egyptian-born Parisian Gaby Aghion as one of the first luxury ready-to-wear houses in the world. The brand defined Parisian style with its sharp tailoring, bohemian dresses, iconic bags and bold shoe collection in earthy tones. This season, I love the label’s rubber sole suede loafer booties in greige, an offshoot of tan, as well as the Edith Ankle Boots, a flat lace-up style, in tan for their utilitarian appeal. And it always offers a more refined silhouette, generally inspired by Western boots.
Parisian designer Isabel Marant creates pieces for women in la vie quotidienne, having described her clothes as “sincere” and very wearable. She tries on everything in her collections before it leaves the studio and keeps a carefree bohemian spirit at the forefront of every collection. In terms of boots, she champions the Western style in suede. For versatility and effortless style, you can never go wrong with her Duerto, Darizo, Denvee or Dicker styles, and for something slightly more sleek and innovative, there’s Lamsy, Laxime and Luliette.
Since launching in 2016, American brand Khaite has produced polished staples that are more timeless than trendy. Designer Catherine Holstein prioritizes classics to cherish forever, from flowing slip dresses to cozy sweaters, solid denim and sleek boots in neutral colors. Its Calgary boot style in brown suede has traditional elasticated inserts at the sides for the flexible fit for which Chelsea boots are known and chunky 50mm heels for a bold look. Though, I also love the Dallas suede ankle boots for their nod to classic cowboy style and elegant slim curved heels.
Inspired by the many creative possibilities of the cordwainer’s craft, Malone Souliers’ artisanal techniques are used to make sculptural shoes and boots with unexpected details. Right now, the designer’s Clara boot, a style with a deep V-cut vamp and pointed toe, comes exclusively in supple tan leather.
In terms of process, Malone Souliers is a certified member of the Leather Working Group and takes a zero-waste approach to reduce its environmental impact. It also offers a quintessential made-to-order shoe consultation at its London showroom, complete with an in-person fitting for the styles in which the client is most interested, as well as a color and material selection. (However, based on the label’s website, this service doesn’t appear to apply to any boot styles.
George Cleverley has been handcrafting shoes in England since 1958 when the man who bears the company’s name founded the business. Cleverley died in 1991, but he chose longtime friends John Carnera and George Glasglow to helm the business and maintain the top quality and standards for years to come. According to the brand’s website, all Cleverley shoemakers go through a three- to five-year apprenticeship to ensure the style and quality are consistent with the designer’s high standards. Impressive, no?
Such standards earned Cleverley a roster of famous customers through the years, including Sir Elton John, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Sylvester Stallone, Alexander Rodriguez, Hugh Grant and Ralph Lauren.
Margaux, which set out to make a “wear-everywhere” shoe in 2015, crafts classic footwear using Italian leather in factories located in New York and Spain. Best known for its ballet flats, the label’s suede boot offerings in neutrals like brown and tan have been getting attention for their versatility and comfort. Margaux offers its shoes in several widths and encourages private appointments with fit specialists, which you can make through a link on each product page.
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George is a Southern California-based designer and craftsman who designed his first pair of shoes in 1994 and began honing his craft thereafter. For over 20 years, he’s operated his namesake brand, Esquivel, which specializes in handmade shoes and accessories. In the last decade, George served as Creative Director of renowned luxury bag and luggage brand Tumi Inc. and as Creative Consultant for Italian heritage brand Fratelli Rossetti, and has collaborated with many others for his own brand. George was a 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and has been a CFDA member since 2010. When he’s not working alongside his team of artisans at his atelier, Esquivel House, in Downtown Los Angeles, George is enjoying time with his wife and high school sweetheart, Shelley, and their three grown children. He also loves mountain biking and hosting good friends for dinners and fêtes.