The colder months put a spanner in the works for those who take pride in their footwear. Unpredictable weather, less-than-desirable surface conditions, and cold feet are among the multitude of reasons that sneakerheads feel lost during winter. There is a way around this though. While most sneaker brands put more time into to their lightweight, sleek summer releases, ETQ Amsterdam is putting in the legwork to make winter a brighter time for shoe fanatics. The newest collection of winter sneakers from the Amsterdam brand sees a selection of all-weather ready footwear that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. Here are three of our favourite picks from the collection, and why they should be in your winter sneaker rotation.
This design is a new addition to the ETQ family, and we’re loving it. The recognisably substantial sole is perfect for the winter. More space between you and the concrete means toasty toes. Like all ETQ Amsterdam sneakers, this model exhibits the highest-quality materials: perforated Nappa leather and suede with a full calf-skin lining. The LT05 takes inspiration from the much-referenced German Army Trainer, a shoe famed for its iconic silhouette and performance values.
Although not what you might expect from ETQ Amsterdam, their rendition of the classic men's Chelsea boot adheres to the brand’s values. The rugged rubber outsole is ideal for varied weather, while the supple calf leather looks sleek as well as durable. These boots can be worn formally or less formally with a pair of black jeans. ETQ show no signs of stopping in 2020 after the success of their design development in this silhouette.
The best winter sneakers are the ones you don't have to worry about; slip them on every morning and go about your normal day. These ETQ Premium LT01 sneakers offer exactly that kind of comfort in terms of on-foot and in peace-of-mind. The winter-ready low-top sneaker is crafted from 'buttersoft' leather that is easier to wipe and look after than your usual grain leather. The upper sits between that of a more formal sneaker and a sports trainer thanks to the mixture of geometric panels and immaculate tonal details. Add all of that on top of a rugged sole and you’ve got one of the best winter sneakers around.
Shop and explore the best winter sneakers alongside the complete ETQ Amsterdam collection at OPUMO.
Want to know more? Make sure you read our in-depth interview with ETQ Amsterdam co-founder Robin Engelen, where we talk about troubles, sneakers and making a mark in the growing world of men’s fashion.
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