Photograph by Nigel Cox

Spring's arrival doesn't mean just a change in your clothing. What you wear south of your ankles deserves a seasonal update as well. Nothing says you're ready for balmy temperatures and cotton suits like a pair of refined suede shoes. Whether wing tips, cap toes, or unadorned lace-ups, suede shoes in earthy tones are a solid foundation for any warm-weather wardrobe.

Silhouette: Unlike the clunky white bucks favored by eighties prepsters, this season's suede shoes are streamlined and subtle. Be sure to choose a curved—not pointy—toe that follows the natural shape of your foot. And avoid a sole that is too bulky.

Color: Chocolate-brown suede wing tips are sophisticated and all-occasion-appropriate, while cap toes in khaki or ivory are ideal for a relaxed weekend at the beach or lake.

Socks: Stick with cotton socks in colors that are one or two shades lighter than your shoes. If you have the right ankles—youthful, trim, and slightly tan—then going sockless is an ideal option, with one caveat: When you sweat, the insides of your shoes absorb the moisture from your feet, causing the leather insoles to harden and buckle. If you perspire a lot, apply foot powder and have the insoles changed about once a month.

From back: Cesare Paciotti ($600), 212-452-1222. J.M. Weston ($595). Isaia ($795). Bally ($450), 212-751-9082. Z Zegna ($450).

The accessories you'll want this spring
Why you should say no to squared-toe shoes


To get more of Details's signature mix of culture, arts: subscribe now

Subscribe to Details
Newsletter Sign Up
  • Get the latest in men's style, grooming, diet, fitness and pop-culture trends every Wednesday. See Sample
  • Get the most popular articles, blog posts, and slideshows of the past week every Saturday. See Sample
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.
Powered By ZergNet
Subscribe to Details

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest in men's style, grooming, health, and pop-culture news every day.
Will be in accordance with our Privacy Policy