Contrary to popular belief, men’s shoes don’t have to be boring. From wingtips to wild color options, there are plenty of design elements to liven up a pair of men’s shoes.
This trend towards boldness by designers has come on slowly, growing out of the decade-long craze for luxe sneakers with soles, laces and uppers in bright, cartoony colors.
Enter pink suede boots, a quiet footwear hero for men. Pairing well with most trousers and sleek denim, pink suede boots are perfect for those looking to experiment without losing the “grown-up” look of chukka, dress, and Chelsea boots. Brands from Clarks to Manolo Blahnik have stepped up their game to respond to this trend, and for that reason, I’ve compiled this list to guide you to the perfect pair for you.
Read on to learn who makes the best pink suede boots for men in several price categories.
Price range: Under $200
If you love a good chukka boot, Clarks’ Originals Wallabee chukka boots in color-blocked ‘Thulian-Pink’ will be the key to incorporating this trend into your edit. And for those who aren’t familiar, here are some details about this style: The chukka is an ankle boot with two or three eyelets and exotic roots, having originated in the Eastern Hemisphere and popularized by the British post-World War II. Today, it’s one of the most popular and versatile men’s footwear options, no doubt because it’s a neutral, comfortable, fuss-free shoe that toes the line between casual and professional. This is perhaps because they’re so easy to slip on and off, and they can be dressed up or down.
Menswear designer Todd Snyder, who prides himself on a “realistic approach” to fashion, and Snyder + Sebago collaborated to make a pink suede chukka boot I can’t help but love. It has a hand-sewn upper, rawhide laces, and flexible construction for maximum comfort. They’re a perfect fit for both seaside life and city living, and they pair well with everything from jeans and sweats to summery suits.
Price range: $200 to $750
Made-to-order brand Girotti makes a lightweight ankle boot in a rosy brown suede that lures the eye, for under $300. Like all Girotti shoes, the style is handmade for the customer, with quality “strictly controlled at every stage of shoe production,” according to the brand’s website.
(For more information on made-to-order shoe-making, check out our post here.)
Made in Spain, Mezlan’s pink suede Chelsea boot for men is stylish ad infinitum. I love the brand’s mix of a classic silhouette with edgy, hand-burnished suede in ‘Burgundy.’ The shadows from the hand burnishing offsets the rosy hue for the perfect balance of color. Beyond that, the boot sits on a lug rubber sole for sturdiness and offers memory foam insoles for support (which, to be candid, is one feature I frown upon because the rebound on foam eventually gives out).
Price range: $750 to $3,000
To say the merchandise of premium Italian retailer Loro Piana is decadent wouldn’t be an understatement. But oh my, it’s so irresistible. The Open Walk Ankle Boot in ‘Pink Eyeshadow’ is no exception; the classic ankle boot in water-repellent, stain-resistant suede and castorino fur promises chicness, warmth, and supreme comfort all of the time, everywhere. Every detail is accounted for—it comes with two removable insoles, one in castorino fur and the other in Nappa calfskin for versatility, is hand-stitched, and has space on the heel for engraving.
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.
Manolo Blahnik’s Berwick Chukka Boots are made in Italy with supple suede uppers and leather linings and soles. Unlike those by Clarks, these boots have a slimmer profile. Paired with slim-legged jeans or tapered khakis, they’ll give you a clean, ’60s-inspired air. You might see the most fashion-forward men wearing them for contrast with dark jeans or to dress down smart suiting.
Ready to procure a pair of pink suede boots?
Designers like me are so happy to see men indulging in a pair of “just for fun” shoes, the way many women buy striking, impractical heels, “Sex and the City-style.” Though, being that it’s still somewhat of a niche request, the market for pink suede boots is relatively small. If you can’t find a pair that you love on this list or in your wider search, consider contacting a bespoke or made-to-order shoe designer, like Esquivel, to help you realize your perfect pair.
As always, these are just guidelines for acquiring a great pair of pink suede boots for men. With over 20 years in the fashion industry, Esquivel Shoes takes pride in being a quality resource for shoppers. To learn more about our selection of pink suede boots or any other Esquivel Shoes for men, send us a message through this link. We’re here to give you peace of mind and help you make the best buying decisions for you.
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.