I've admittedly learned the hard way over the years that not every shoe that looks pretty and fun is durable enough to survive a night out. Durable, you ask? A fact about typical nighttime locations that one might frequent—restaurants, bars, parties, and concerts included—is that they're usually crowded, with shoes on the verge of stepping and drinks on the verge of being spilled. Hence the reason I've deemed one of the most common shoe styles a no-go for evenings out—suede. Given its nappy surface, suede scuffs and stains quickly and is difficult to clean once the damage has been done. And since enjoying oneself is usually the goal when out at night, the last thing you want to do is worry about whether or not your precious suede shoes will survive.
That said, avoiding a closet full of suede shoes is easier said than done. These days, suede seems to have surpassed leather as the most common shoe fabrication, and we happen to think that it makes any shoe look more expensive and luxurious. But if you're going to a crowded location, we advise opting for leather. It's easier to clean and repels liquid more effectively.
Check out our non-suede shoe picks below, with options for both dressy and casual nights out.
Martiniano shoes quickly sell out with every restock, so act fast with this vibrant pair.
Acne Studios proves yet again that it's the holy grail when it comes to cool footwear.
This editor has been wearing this flattering pair on many nights out this summer.
Stains don't stand a chance against snakeskin shoes.
The perfect office to drinks shoes, found.
Feminine with a hint of edge is the name of the game with these.
Celebs are already wearing these sleek mid-calf boots everywhere.
How cute are these stain-masking patterned mules?
We're quite confident in saying that these perfect new loafers will be an instant hit.
These were practically made for the cropped flared jeans everyone is wearing right now.
Adding to the top of our shoe wishlist as we speak.
Patent leather has wonderous stain-repelling powers.
Bonus: These are very comfortable (and on sale).
A little extra shine at night is always a good thing.
We're currently obsessing over this versatile, richly colored pair.
Celebs are constantly wearing this sturdy style out at night.
Invest in this dainty pair to every fancy event to come.
We love these paired with floral print dresses.