Every year, the arrival of autumn is heralded by three things: the gradual death of nature, a dramatic lack of daylight and an abundance of suede footwear releases.
It's this latter annual occurrence that helps lift the mood during an otherwise macabre season. From ever-so-soft desert boots to warming trainers, these are some our favourite suede-covered shoes of the season.
New Balance M1500RGR Made in England
Layered, hardy and made on our fair green isle, the New Balance M1500RGR is the begging to be traipsed through a pile of leaves en route to a pint at the local.
Adidas Tech Super
Originally introduced as a training shoe for the Barcelona Olympics of 1992, the adidas Tech Super has found new life in a skin of suede and mesh.
VERAS X LESS TAIWAN GRANADA SUEDE
Hand-made in the balmy heat of the Spanish sun, the Granada Suede is a touch of summer escapism in the autumn season. Consisting of a suede upper with crepe sole, fixed suede fringe, leather laces and leather insoles, this is what you'll be replacing your boat shoes with in the colder months of the year.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Suede
Nike's low cut Air Force 1 has never been as popular as its full-sized brother, but that could soon change thanks to this plush finish.
SUEDE DESERT BOOTS by Mark McNairy
Always struggled to find the right 'smart-casual' shoe? You're looking at it. Mark McNairy's sturdy boot isn't going to go out of style any time soon, so think of this as an investment piece.
Saucony Shadow 5000 'Strange Fruits'
Autumn needn't lack a splash of colour. As the world goes brown around you, this Strange Fruit can add some much needed kick to your look.
Nike Roshe Run Suede
Nike's popular runner makes a move away from the treadmill in search of some durable style credentials. The comfiest shoe in our selection.
Hanon x ASICS x Onitsuka Tiger Gel Epris Glover pack
Never heard of Thomas Glover? Neither had we, until this most excellent trainer nudged us toward his legacy. The 'Scottish samurai', he introduced the steam train to Japan, he played a key part in industrialising the country. Adorned with a thistle in its heel and a tartan inner sock, this ASICS x Onitsuka Tiger shoe is the best (and only?) shoe tribute of the year.
BROOKS HERITAGE X CONCEPTS CHARIOT 'MERLOT'
Wine fan? Of course you are. So you're going to love these Chariot trainers. The three-toned colour blocking, is a nod toward the three stages that Merlot grapes pass through, with navy and blue representing the ripening phases and the burgundy toe reflecting the finished wine.
adidas ZX 710
Weather woven in modern fabrics or layered in leather, the ever-popular ZX 710 always manages to look the part.
Reebok Workout Plus Seaglass
This calming pastel number comes from a collaboration exclusive to Size?, you might struggle to find a matching scarf and gloves.
Asics Colorado Eighty Five
This Asics classic warms us up just looking at it. A glorious blend of premium suede with smooth leather picking out the branding, we expect this is the only time we'll recommend you wear burgundy.
ADRIAN SUEDE HIGH TOP SNEAKERS by ACNE STUDIOS
Go on. Treat yourself. Designer sneakers don't come more plush than this. Leather-lined with rubber foxing soles (we don't know how that's different from normal rubber either), everything goes with black.
MATCH VULCANISED SUEDE TRAINERS by Puma
Proving tennis shoes aren't just for summer, Puma's Match returns for the colder end of the tour. A brilliant design that never gets old.
MISSOURI CANVAS AND SUEDE LEATHER SNEAKERS by Lacoste
A multi-layered construction that's aimed squarely at urban lurkers, this canvas and suede trainer from Lacoste promises to keep you well insulated from the ankle down.