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The headmaster of the school I attended equated suede with long hair and smoking: indicative of a slovenly attitude and punishable by detention. Suede footwear has long been associated with rebellion - from the Prince of Wales scandalising Long Island's Meadowbrook Country Club in 1924 by wearing brown suede shoes with his flannel suit to Mr Liam Gallagher and his signature desert boots.

But with its textured tactility, what suede loses in polish it gains in louche luxury. It operates within the middle ground - neither too smart nor too scruffy - which makes suede boots suitable for most occasions from work to weekends, from the office to a night out. Whether you want a rugged pair of boots that look lived in or something a little smarter and more refined, find an option that suits you in our edit, above.

Words by Mr Dan Rookwood, US Editor, MR PORTER

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