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 Series 3 Sneakers
    £140
  2. White Suede Series 2 Slip-On Sneakers
    £140
  3. Double Blush Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  4. Navy Leather Series 8 Sneakers
    £140
  5. Double Black Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  6. Double Stone Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  7. Triple Biscuit Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  8. Denim Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  9. Triple Ecru Leather Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  10. Sky Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  11. Grey Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  12. Triple Grey Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  13. Olive Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  14. Taupe Suede Series 1 Sneakers
    £140
  15. Triple Black Leather Series 1 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. Navy Low 1 Sneakers
    From £136
  2. Black / White Low 1 Sneakers
    From £136
  3. Off White Low 1 Sneakers
    From £136
  4. Black GAT Sneakers
    From £144
  5. Natural SB 1 Boots
    From £170
  6. Ash Chelsea Boots
    From £170
  7. Natural Brown Mock Boots
    From £170
  8. Ocean Low 1 Sneakers
    From £136
  9. Black Wilson Boots
    From £170
  10. Black Merton Sneakers
    £143
  11. Lion Low 1 Sneakers
    From £136
  12. Navy Nubuck GAT Sneakers
    £125
  13. White Phoenix Sneakers
    From £76

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. Sunflower LT 01 Sneakers
    £216
  2. Maroon LT 01 Sneakers
    £225
  3. Anthracite LT 01 Sneakers
    £225
  4. Grape Wine LT 01 Sneakers
    £234
  5. Navy Premium LT 01 Sneakers
    £207 £103
  6. Microchip Knitted Tencel LT 01 Sneakers
    £207 £103
  7. Ash Kurashiki LT 01 Sneakers
    £198 £99
  8. Microchip LT 01 Sneakers
    £225
  9. Azure Blue LT 01 Sneakers
    £216
  10. Steel Grey LT 01 Sneakers
    £216
  11. Blueberry MT 02 Sneakers
    £234
  12. Cement LT 01 Sneakers
    £216

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
    3B Tiefschwarz Sneakers
    £325
  2. VOR
    3A White / Rubber Sneakers
    £315
  3. VOR
    Night Blue 1A Sneakers
    £305
  4. VOR
    1A Cremeweiss Perforiert Sneakers
    £305
  5. VOR
    1B White / Rubber Sneakers
    £315
  6. VOR
    2B Safari Sneakers
    £325
  7. VOR
    1C Nebelweiss Sneakers
    £300
  8. VOR
    5A Miamiweiss Sneakers
    £300
  9. VOR
    1A Light Blue Sneakers
    £305
  10. VOR
    3A Reinweiss Bordeaux Sneakers
    £315
  11. VOR
    1B Antikweiss Sneakers
    £315
  12. VOR
    5a Champagneweiss Sneakers
    £297
  13. VOR
    2A Safari Sneakers
    £315
  14. VOR
    1A Marineblau Perforiert Sneakers
    £305
  15. VOR
    1B Nebelweiss Sneakers
    £315

Shop all men's sneakers at OPUMO.

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