Not being particularly durable and unsuitable for upholstery or outerwear, you might find yourself asking, what is suede actually used for? The beautifully soft and light nature of suede makes it perfect for clothing and high-quality fashion accessories, including bags, shoes and more, as well as being a lining for sturdier leather items. One of the most popular uses for suede is traditional Western leather jackets. Have you seen that fringing!? Oh, and not to mention Elvis’s blue suede shoes of course.