The modern day calls for at least one pair of premium leather sneakers. Whether you’re opting for something like a leather high-top trainer to lend a sporty edge to your ensembles or a minimalist leather shoe for all-round style help, it’s worth looking to brands at OPUMO for help. We’ve picked out the skillsets of six of our favourite men’s sneaker labels to illustrate our point: Uniform Standard, Oliver Cabell, ETQ Amsterdam, Axel Arigato, JAK and Zespà. Scroll on to discover the men's leather sneakers that will see you through 2021 and beyond.
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’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.
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.
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.
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 sneakers as well as exciting new styles that make use of modern crafting techniques and build on the designs of previous seasons.
The range of ETQ Amsterdam’s skills are put on display for the brand’s LT 01 style. Keeping in line with ETQ's characteristically minimalist aesthetic, the LT 01 offers a sleek, understated sportswear style while retaining the qualities we look for in ETQ Amsterdam's men’s trainers: premium nappa leather uppers, a layered insole and a TPU cupsole.
Since its inception in 2014, Swedish label Axel Arigato has become well-loved for its contemporary streetwear style and premium-quality materials. From minimalist low-top trainer styles to sporty men’s high-top sneakers, Axel Arigato does a little bit of everything. Retaining quality through materials and craftsmanship but adding an extra angle with perforation, panelling and prints, Axel Arigato sneakers are understated but self-confident.
Unlike many men's leather sneakers, Axel Arigato's Clean 90 manages to offer equal parts style and comfort. Durable and oh-so-versatile, these are shoes you could easily spend all day and night in. They'll take you from the gym to work to drinks and will look just as great with jeans and an overshirt as with more formal tailoring. Opt for classic black and white leather or something with a unique twist, like the Clean 90 Triple with its contrasting heel tab, the embossed croc effect style or the BeeBird, featuring the brand's signature bird motif.
Zespà has garnered a reputation as one of Europe's leading makers of luxury sneakers, thanks to its winning combination of timeless design and expert craftsmanship. Each pair is crafted in Portugal using the highest quality full grain calf leathers from European tanneries, with complementing anatomical leather insoles. Sturdy and hard-wearing, they're made to stand the test of time: durable rubber outsoles are made using recycled materials and every pair comes with two pairs of 100% combed cotton laces.
Simple yet sophisticated, the ZSP4 HGH is the ultimate all-occasion shoe: it will look just as great down at your local pub as at a wedding. It boasts a generous foam collar, flexible tongue and controlled stitching, all wrapped up in a sleek minimalist silhouette. The full grain calf nappa leather construction heightens the luxurious feel and results in a long-lasting shoe that you'll cherish for years.
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