The modern day calls for at least one pair of premium leather sneakers for men. Whether you’re opting for something like a leather high-top trainer to lend a sporty edge to your ensembles or a minimal leather men’s shoe for all-round style help, it’s worth looking to brands at OPUMO for help. We’ve picked out the skillsets of four of our favourite men’s sneaker labels to illustrate our point: Uniform Standard, Oliver Cabell, VOR and ETQ Amsterdam. Making use of the minimal, Scandinavian design principles that these brands have in common, we’re rounding up the men’s leather sneakers that will see you through 2020 and beyond.

Uniform Standard

Uniform Standard is a London-based men’s sneaker brand that has taken only two years to make its impact on a crowded marketplace. Dealing in minimal leather sneakers for men, Uniform Standard focuses heavily on environmental and social responsibility. By using premium quality leather and sustainable components, this eco-friendly men’s trainers brand has brought a refreshingly modern mindset to the party.

Uniform Standard Series 1 

Uniform Standard’s Series 1 design was the brand’s first offering back in 2018. The minimal men’s sneaker is made up of clean lines, premium materials and sublime hand-finished detailing. We love wearing Series 1 in its Triple Black colourway because it’s so versatile; these smart leather trainers can be worn to add a contemporary touch on smarter outings, or to upgrade your everyday wardrobe.


  1. Triple Black Leather 8 Series Sneakers
    £140
  2. Triple White Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  3. Triple Grey Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  4. White Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  5. Triple Ecru Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  6. Double Black Leather Series 8 Sneakers
    £140
  7. Powder Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  8. Tan Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  9. Triple Navy Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  10. Navy Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  11. Army Tumbled Leather / Suede Series 3 Sneakers
    £140
  12. Navy Leather Series 8 Sneakers
    £140
  13. Stone Suede & Nubuck Series 3 Sneakers
    £140
  14. Navy Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  15. Taupe Nubuck Series 8 Sneakers
    £140

Oliver Cabell

Oliver Cabell is founded on the converging disciplines of art, craft and technology. Each pair of handmade leather trainers for men represents the meeting of traditional crafting techniques and the latest technology. From men’s leather low-top sneakers to minimal high-top trainers and now even men’s leather boots, Oliver Cabell really does it all which is what makes it one of our essential footwear brands of 2020. 

Oliver Cabell GAT

The Germany Army Trainer has been replicated many times over. Since its introduction as a standard-issue workout trainer for the German Army, the style has been reinvented by high-fashion houses and legendary sportswear brands alike. We’re attributing this popularity to the shoe’s unique design as well as its functionality. The Oliver Cabell German Army Trainer sees the utilitarian shoe revamped with 3oz calfskin leather and suede from Veneto, Italy, Italian calf-skin footbeds and vegetable-tanned Spanish leather to provide subtle, luxury appeal to a storied design.


  1. Slate Low 1 Nubuck Sneakers
    £159
  2. Amazon Rennes Sneakers
    £133
  3. Parrot Low 1 Sneakers
    £153
  4. Slate Low 1 Sneakers
    £153
  5. White GAT Sneakers
    £139
  6. Jet Black Low 1 Sneakers
    £153
  7. Shark Rennes Sneakers
    £133
  8. White Phoenix Sneakers
    £77
  9. Cappuccino Chelsea Boots
    £163
  10. Brown SB 1 Boots
    £170
  11. Black / White Low 1 Sneakers
    £153
  12. Navy GAT Sneakers
    £139
  13. Off White Low 1 Sneakers
    £153
  14. Brown Wilson Boots
    £170
  15. Navy Low 1 Sneakers
    £153

ETQ Amsterdam

Founded in 2010, ETQ Amsterdam is held as a pioneer of modern premium footwear. This is thanks to the brand’s willingness to experiment, never settling for a boring collection. Each season sees the Dutch brand return with a nucleus of familiar essential men's leather sneakers as well as exciting new styles that make use of modern crafting techniques and build on the designs of previous seasons.

ETQ Amsterdam LT 03

The range of ETQ Amsterdam’s skills are put on display for the brand’s LT 03 style. While much of the collection is characteristically minimal and lacks any unnecessary detailing, LT 03 features panelling throughout the design to offer a minimal sportswear style while retaining the qualities we look for in ETQ Amsterdam men’s trainers: premium nappa leather uppers, a layered insole and a TPU cupsole.


  1. Violet LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  2. Black CB 01 Chelsea Boots
    £228
  3. Azure Blue LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  4. Marine Blue LT 01 Sneakers
    £219
  5. Off-Court White LT 04 Sneakers
    £219
  6. Alloy LT 03 Sneakers
    £219
  7. Blueberry LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  8. Money Green LT 01 Sneakers
    £219
  9. Alloy LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  10. Microchip LT 01 Sneakers
    £219
  11. Perforated White LT 05 Sneakers
    £237
  12. Black LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  13. Red Ochre LT 01 Sneakers
    £210
  14. Army White LT 05 Sneakers
    £219
  15. Off-Court White / Clay LT 04 Sneakers
    £219

VOR 

We have entered the tenth year of life for VOR, the men’s premium sneaker brand that’s proud to be German. With every step of the journey designed and made in Germany, VOR has become well-loved for its luxurious style and premium-quality materials. From minimal low-top trainer styles to sporty men’s high-top sneakers, VOR does a little bit of everything, retaining quality through material and craftsmanship but adding an extra angle with perforation and panelling, VOR sneakers are understated but self-confident.

VOR 2A

If you’ve ever bought a pair of premium men’s sneakers before, you’ll know that comfort often doesn’t rank so highly on the priority list. That’s not the case for VOR, which focuses heavily on support and padding. VOR 2A is a luxury low-top sneaker for men with premium full-grain leather uppers and a calfskin leather lining complete with padded insoles and advanced arch support. A perforated toe box and wrap-around panelling give this style sportswear credentials while the luxury leather construction makes the VOR 2A a viable sneaker for smarter get-ups too.


  1. VOR
    1A Light Blue Sneakers
    £305
  2. VOR
    2B Safari Sneakers
    £325
  3. VOR
    1A Cremeweiss Perforiert Sneakers
    £305
  4. VOR
    5A Kittgrau Sneakers
    £300
  5. VOR
    Night Blue 1A Sneakers
    £305
  6. VOR
    1A Waschblau Sneakers
    £305
  7. VOR
    3A White / Rubber Sneakers
    £315
  8. VOR
    5A Kontrastweiss Sneakers
    £325
  9. VOR
    2B Reinweiss Sneakers
    £325
  10. VOR
    1B Truffle Sneakers
    £310
  11. VOR
    1B Nacht Blue Sneakers
    £310
  12. VOR
    3B Vintageweiss Sneakers
    £325
  13. VOR
    1A Marineblau Perforiert Sneakers
    £305
  14. VOR
    1A Antikweiss Sneakers
    £305
  15. VOR
    2A Zementweiss Sneakers
    £315

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