While summer and winter are reasonably predictable in terms of weather and hence footwear choice, spring and autumn can be a little more difficult. The transitional months present a cocktail of crisp, clear days and unprecedented downpours. This means we need to put extra thought into our spring 2021 footwear options. Any regular readers will know that at OPUMO we’re partial to a pair of leather men’s sneakers, so it’s only right that we round up our top men’s spring 2021 sneakers.
Taking inspiration from the iconic German army trainer of the mid-19th century, Uniform Standard’s Series 3 sneaker features premium tumbled Italian leather uppers and a contrast suede trim toecap. In keeping with Uniform Standard’s focus on sustainability, these smart trainers for men stand on top of a 70% recycled rubber cupsole and boast a 100% recycled moulded footbed and 100% recycled cellulose insole board.
As far as styling is concerned, the German army trainer grew from being a dedicated athletics trainer to a sought-after designer shoe for men thanks to its minimal appeal. Uniform Standard’s Series 3 is a blessing for male wardrobes the world over: this minimal men’s trainer isn’t fussy. Style with jeans or tailored trousers, Series 3 will shine either way.
Oliver Cabell’s work rate distinguishes the label from much of the rest of the luxury leather trainers world. It seems like each week there’s another smart casual sneaker that’s caught our eye with its glinting gold-foil Oliver Cabell logo. This time around it’s the Oliver Cabell Low 1 Green Ray. This smart men’s sneaker is ideal for spring because it’s a great way to reintroduce some strong colour to your rotation.
This men’s low-top sneaker silhouette is characterised by its strikingly minimal construction, full-grain calfskin uppers from Italy and Green Ray hits to the tongue and heel tab. The addition of colour to this model ensures that the understated style packs a punch.
Munich-based VOR Shoes places an onus on German production and unparalleled comfort. The label’s 3A sneaker features premium tumbled full-grain leather uppers combined with white nubuck toe box and white calfskin leather lining. A gum outsole sets this style off, making a strong reference to men’s sports trainer styles.
Not only do the luxury materials of the VOR 3A Kautschuk position it as one of this season’s most eye-catching minimal men's sneakers, they also mean that it’ll last for much longer than just spring. The VOR 3A will cover your spring needs for years to come.
ETQ Amsterdam’s LT 01 sneaker is a wardrobe essential for the modern gent. This luxurious interpretation of the classic tennis sneaker is handmade in Portugal. We’ve been advocates of the LT 01 style since the very beginning, but ETQ Amsterdam’s new 36 Shades collection has given our love for the silhouette new life. 36 Shades sees the minimal men’s sneaker reinvented with 36 new colours – some vibrant, others muted.
This spring we’re opting for the ETQ Amsterdam LT 01 in Dove Grey. The light grey colourway is enough of a change to add a new facet to your looks but not too much that it’ll blow your carefully curated minimal wardrobe out of sorts.
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