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Suede You Say?

Suede, most of the time when we mention the word, there is a large intake of breath or a gasp as customers automatically panic and think “I couldn’t keep those clean,”

“they would get so dirty,” “I couldn’t polish them up,” or “you can’t wear those when it rains!” (Which in NI there is always an 80% chance of rain!) But the misconceptions about suede are just that, misconceptions.


It is just like any other leather, if you treat it well and look after it, it will last a long time and if you mistreat it, it will get ruined. An essential tool to add to your shoe protection collection when buying suede is a protector spray which will help against stains and also suede brushes which aid in maintaining the grain of the suede and sweeping away the dirt.

The great thing we love about suede here at McConnell’s HQ is the dressy appeal they add to an outfit. The casual elegance of suede as a material, when made into a shoe upper just lifts those somewhat casual outfits. Suede is so versatile, from dressy boots to run around trainers, there is simply a market for suede everywhere. I have to say I personally love my suede ankle boots come these crisp Autumn days, teamed with my super skinnies, thick knit jumper and blanket scarf!

sleepMy absolute suede love affair this season is from one of my all time favourite brands, Cara of London. “Sleep” is the most exquisite patchwork ankle boot that teams both a textured snake print leather back with a front and ankle suede finish. The cherry wood block heel sets this boot off perfectly. The rich tan against the soft black makes it so versatile, whilst the textured back
adds a slight dressiness to it. This would be fab with your tights and shirt dresses or even plain dark denim skinnies and your leather jacket! I am so in love <3





If Cara Sleep is not quite your cuppa, then how about a simple suede effect heeled boot? gammonTamaris “Gammon” is such a great wee ankle boot for every occasion. Available in black, ocean and burgundy, Gammon is a versatile, classically cut style. With a small front platform, attractive block heel and rounded toe, these are the perfect boot if you love your height. They also feature
a cushioned insole for extra protection and comfort, making them super for all day wear. The dip in shape around the ankle keeps it from looking chunky whilst also not nipping into the front of the leg. These are great teamed with tights and dresses. The hardest part is deciding on the colour!





denverAnother beauty from Tamaris (they really do have such a collection this season) is “Denver”. Again this is one for all you ladies that just love your heels. An all time favourite styling from Tamaris, this ankle boot will add a touch of glamour to your wardrobe. They feature a slim ankle strap detail as well as a tapered heel unit and hidden platform, giving you an extra boost in height. Tamaris have really finished this boot off well by using a subtle all over shimmer on the upper of the black version, whilst keeping the grey version very slick and simple. Opt for the classic black or the soft grey suede to match with all your AW wardrobe!





For all you ladies that love a lace up dressy ankle boot then check out “Fountain” from Tamaris. fountainThese stunning slender heeled boots are amazing. Coming in black, they have a front lace up fastening and side zip, a hidden front platform which is perfect for giving you a welcome
posture boost! They are finished off with a textured looking shimmer overlay which keeps them from looking plain. So if you are wanting an ankle boot for the Christmas (yes I did just mentioned the C word) party but struggle to find something neat around the ankle, then this is most definitely the boot for you!






amberlyOne that is absolutely flying off the shelves this season is XTI’s “Amberly”. This simple heeled ankle boot is amazing! With its suede effect upper and metallic back, this screams dressy yet not OTT. The slim hell and front platform set the boot off perfectly and you really can’t go wrong with metallics this season. Available in navy and grey, this is one I recommend you get in quick for as sizes really are selling out!








Last but by no means least we have Escape “Waterloop”. You just have to try this on! This block mid heeled ankle boot is sure to be perfect, whatever the outfit. The suede effect upper with weaved detailing is absolutely class! So different to any other boot on the shelf, this one you have to try! Available in the most versatile grey, this will match in with your navy, black, burgundy, green....need I go on?! Such a workable colour! We love it!






These are merely a few of the dressy suede and suede effect ankle boots available at McConnell Shoes, you will just have to pop instore or online to see the rest as I don’t want to give them all away! But make sure and be quick as that change in the weather is most certainly calling for boots, and suede is a must have for this AW season! Go on, you know you want a pair!

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