The bright sunshine and higher temperatures of summer are slowly disappearing from view out of the back window as we change gear and travel towards the grey coldness of autumn and winter. While white trainers are a basis to summer wardrobes, the black sneaker comes out of hibernation in autumn. What’s more, in 2020, designer men’s black sneakers have carved out a versatile spot for themselves in fashion. High quality leather uppers mean that minimal black sneakers can be worn with tailoring, smart-casual outfits and even off-duty styles. With strong Autumn/Winter 2020 collections from our favourite men’s sneaker labels, this season looks to be a popular one for the style. Here’s the black sneakers edit, showcasing our favourite premium black sneakers for men this season. Be sure to check out our ultimate guide to men's trainers.
ETQ Amsterdam has a way of effortlessly stamping its style on retro designs, updating them with modern materials and techniques for a finished product that looks great and feels better. The LT 03 Tech Sneaker is ideal for autumn and winter thanks to the premium rubberised leather upper with Cordura nylon panels which will keep your feet dry through whatever the season may throw at you.
A take on the classic tennis sneaker, LT 01 is ETQ Amsterdam’s signature silhouette. The minimal model features premium nappa leather uppers in a deep black hue that contrast with immaculate white soles. Certainly a smarter choice than the technical LT 03 style, wear this pair with tailored woollen trousers for a cosy autumn go-to.
Filling Pieces’ original style still has as much character as day one. The unique silhouette of the Low Top embodies Filling Pieces’ aim to bridge the gap between high fashion and sportswear – a gap that we’re all fairly familiar with now. This version of the Low Top blends luxurious natural leathers with modern manmade synthetics for a practical but elevated finish.
New for Autumn/Winter 2019, this model bypasses the label’s signature elongated tongue in favour of a more sophisticated, minimal feel. Although the style is mostly black, contrasting textures lend the shoe more complexity, adding intrigue. Smooth nappa leather and rugged, grained natural leather form an interplay throughout the shoe’s upper.
Less is more. JAK’s NZ Royal Sneakers are an all-black masterpiece, directing the eye to the minimal silhouette devoid of any detailing other than the label’s logo embossed to the heel. Handcrafted in Portugal, this style features full-grain leather uppers stitched to a slim rubber cup sole. The lack of details to the upper ensures that NZ Royal Sneakers can be worn in almost any outfit, adding a refined luxury.
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