7 Best Suede Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Suede Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Get that dress-shoe sophistication and comfort with an elegant pair of suede sneakers. It’s the coolest and quickest way to transition from work to play. It’s versatile and streamlined footwear that’s on the ready to pull double duty as the go-to shoe for formal gatherings or weekend nights out.

Brands like Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Vans, to name a few, have capitalized on the popularity and fashion-forward characteristic of suede sneakers. Aside from time-tested black and white designs, they’re also available in stylish suit-worthy grey, blue, or pink.  

With tons of options (600+ pairs in our database) available, finding a perfect pair that matches your style can be pretty overwhelming. We can help you with that. We’ve reviewed and ranked the best suede sneakers in the market. Get a quick look at our top selections below.

How we test sneakers

With hundreds of great-looking suede shoes on this list, we really take our time to carefully test one pair at a time. That means our team of in-house sneakerheads clocking in hours of wear testing the shoes in various lifestyle activities. We also bring them to the RunRepeat shoe lab for micro-level inspection.

Here are exactly our methods:

  • We personally wear test the suede shoes that we buy with our own money. This ensures to avoid loyalty to any brand.
  • Our wear-test sessions involve not only a quick on-foot try but exposing the shoes to wear and tear from walking, all-day wear, running errands, and other activities.
  • Each pair is carefully examined to get an assessment of its real-world comfort, fit, versatility, durability, and more.
  • We enrich our data by gathering more info from testimonials given by fashion people, other wear testers, and regular consumers.

Finally, we assign an overall score (0-100) for all suede sneakers on this list. You will see them by looking at our CoreScore system. You can also click on their respective shoe profile for in-depth reviews.

Best suede sneakers overall

Vans Old Skool
Vans Old Skool

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 158,355 users

Pros

  • A classic silhouette deserving of any wardrobe
  • Easy to wear in
  • Super comfortable
  • Fits true to size
  • Incredibly breathable thanks to the all-canvas upper
  • Clean aesthetics
  • Very durable outsole
  • Brakes well on the board

Cons

  • Not very durable in comparison to other modern skate shoes
  • Collect stains easily

Verdict

Vans Old Skools have soared from subculture staple to mainstream fame repeatedly over the years. It’s easy to see why. With a classic, versatile silhouette, brand recognition, and a comfortable, breathable upper, who could resist having a pair in their wardrobe? While the canvas/rubber construction might not be the most durable and can collect stains easily, the Vans Old Skool still looks amazing when beaten and worn.
Vans Old Skool full review

Best Nike suede sneakers

Nike Air Max 98
Nike Air Max 98

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 3,667 users

Pros

  • Retro-styling
  • Lots of colorways to choose from
  • Fits true to size
  • Speed lacing is easy and secure
  • Air pocket comfort

Cons

  • Lacks creativity in the design
  • Less durable than it looks
  • Quite stiff

Verdict

The Nike Air Max 98 suffers from middle child syndrome. Trying too hard to be equal to what came before (the AM 95) and carefree enough so that people don't notice. It is a comfy, retro-styled Air Max with elements of creativity. It's definitely one for the history books and holds true in today's trends.
Nike Air Max 98 full review

Best Adidas suede sneakers

Adidas Busenitz
Adidas Busenitz

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 6,086 users

Pros

  • Incredibly durable
  • Fits true to size
  • Grippy as anything
  • Technical shoe for responsive skating
  • Surprisingly weatherproof
  • Classic silhouette
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Takes a long time to break it
  • Narrow in the toe box
  • The big tongue isn't for everyone
  • Not very breathable

Verdict

The Adidas Busentiz has been around for a while. It stands on its own against modern skate shoes because of its durability and versatility. More than anything it's a really clean-looking sneaker that works just as well on a night out as it does in a skatepark. It helps that the shoe is easy to clean, sturdy, and has loads of cushioning to keep you comfy and supported.
Adidas Busenitz full review

Best Puma suede sneakers

Puma Future Rider Play On
Puma Future Rider Play On

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 749 users

Pros

  • Unique colorways
  • Durable construction
  • Lightweight
  • High fashion
  • Reasonably priced
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Average comfort level
  • Narrow for wide feet

Verdict

A reawakened version of the Puma Fast Rider, the Puma Future Rider Play On attracts both sneaker collectors and average shoe wearers alike for the fun and unique color-blocking and sleek silhouette this low-top offers. Apart from the style, the level of comfort built within the shoe through Puma’s Rider Foam cushioning adds an extra bounce with every step. Crafted along with the makeup of Puma’s running-inspired lifestyle line, the Puma Future Rider boasts of futuristic and retro designs through vivid color combos and nostalgic style nods to the ‘80s era.
Puma Future Rider Play On full review

Best retro suede sneakers

Vans Old Skool Pro
Vans Old Skool Pro

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,783 users

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Super durable skate shoe
  • Extra comfortable inner sole
  • Flexible
  • Relatively breathable
  • Many colorways to choose from
  • Still the same Vans we love
  • Easy to clean
  • Weatherproof

Cons

  • Can be hard to put on
  • Parts of it still susceptible to stains

Verdict

The Vans Old Skool Pro is an update on their legendary original skate shoe. While other companies are going higher and higher-tech, Vans continues to pump out classics, just improving on what came before. We love the fact that you can pick up a pair of these skate sneakers and wear the same silhouette that's been around for decades. At the same time, you have improved comfort, durability, and weatherproofing!
Vans Old Skool Pro full review

Best value suede sneakers

Vans SK8-Hi
Vans SK8-Hi

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 54,934 users

Pros

  • Classic silhouette that works with any wardrobe
  • Fits true to size
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Comfortable when broken in
  • Padded collar for ankle support
  • An easy silhouette even for a hi-top

Cons

  • Takes time to put on
  • Can take time to wear in
  • Not good in wet weather

Verdict

The Vans Sk8-Hi is the original subculture sneaker. Built as a super-padded skate shoe it was soon adopted by the punk rock scene for its large space on which to customize. Today it's not just a piece of history but a versatile and easy-going silhouette that works with almost any outfit. Not only that but it's strong enough to last years of use and abuse.
Vans SK8-Hi full review
Author
Sheena
Sheena

Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.