Suede is the part of the animal skin that has been “split” from the top layer. Many pieces of suede can be cut from an animal skin. Suede is much softer than regular leather, but since it has been “split” from the animal skin, it is not a hardy or durable material, and suede can dirty easily. This material is not easy to clean as well, and is not resistant to water. Suede is often used to make pants, dresses, bags, shoes, gloves, and furniture upholstery.