Words by Alex Standen
Summer is a vital time for footwear. With temperatures rising and clothing decreasing, all eyes are going to be diverting downwards to get a glimpse at what sneakers are standing out. With summer collections landing online every day at OPUMO, we thought it came as the perfect time to introduce you to 7 of the finest summer sneakers that we have to offer.
We’ve mentioned it countless times before how a pair of Common Projects Achilles Low Sneakers are an essential in every sneaker rotation, you just have to look at the premium leather uppers to understand why. Common Projects’ use premium Italian leathers that characteristically grow with each wear, which means they'll age gracefully over time, too. This sleek, summer-ready Nude iteration can be styled for any time or any occasion; working seamlessly with shorts, trousers and everything in between.
Premium materials and unimaginable comfort. That’s what you’re getting with this new Filling Pieces sneaker. The Low Curve Roots Sneaker takes its name from the innovative and lightweight ‘Roots’ sole, which also utilises EVA cushioning for extraordinary levels of comfort. This contemporary runner sole sits underneath a premium nubuck upper, with minimal but effective Filling Pieces branding. This iteration of the Roots sneaker is finished with a seamless summer blend of washed nude, grey and cream tones.
Filling Pieces have earned a worldwide reputation for their premium interpretations of streetwear silhouettes, and the Low Fade Cosmo Infinity Sneaker is the brand’s latest release. The intricacy of its design and colour combination leaves Filling Pieces claiming that the Cosmo is “closer to a modernist piece of art than footwear”, and we’re finding it hard to disagree. The upper is comprised of premium Italian nubuck and suede, with metallic mesh cementing the individuality of the handmade shoe.
Paying homage to classic tennis shoe silhouettes, the ETQ Amsterdam Low 1 has all the premium nuances your feet could wish for. A buttery, rubberised upper makes for a malleable sneaker which is complimented by a calf leather lining as well as a memory foam insole. The all-black aesthetic makes it perfect for contrasting the colours of a subtle summer wardrobe, all the while giving you unequivocal levels of comfort.
Taking inspiration from 1970s running shoes found deep within Adidas’ formidable archives, the Haven is a modern take on a timeless classic. With an OrthoLite sock liner as well as an EVA-cushioned midsole, the Haven’s buttery leather upper is a new addition to the lightweight summer sneaker. Masked with the iconic triple black colourway, the Haven is an affordable, comfortable interpretation of an exemplary, everyday sneaker.
Designed in Sweden and handmade in Portugal, CQP have an affinity for producing highly detailed, high quality sneakers. The Racquet SR is the lined version of CQP’s more streamlined Racquet model with a slightly exaggerated sole as well as additional premium features that differentiate it from its older brother. The all-navy Italian suede upper is in stark contrast to the white calf lining, which gives the exaggerated sole a modern and luxurious finish.
Handmade in Italy, the Diemme One utilises a vulcanised Vibram sole that not only provides cloud-like support but longevity too, thanks to its vulcanised construction. Diemme has also opted to use Kudu antelope suede leather uppers, elasticised side gores and a leather insole that makes the slip-on silhouette one the most comfortable shoes on this list.
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