The Best Leather Sneakers for Dressing Up, Down, and Everywhere In Between

So, you’re on the hunt for a pair of leather sneakers. Good call! Canvas has its charm—we’re all in on knockaround shoes around these parts—and bio-leathers and vegan alternatives have their place, but it’s hard to beat good old-fashioned leather when you’re in the market for sneakers that are comfortable right out of the box and get even better as you wear them in.

Plus, leather sneakers just plain look great. Not that there’s any one kind of style that defines the term “leather sneaker.” It could apply equally to classic tennis sneakers, old-school basketball shoes, or modern minimalist kicks. In fact, we have all three of those on this list, not to mention a host of other options. If you’re in the market for something vintage-inspired with a big hit of color, we’ve got that.

But as you scroll through everything, you’ll notice there’s a bit more of the low-key, low-top variety. Why? Well, because you can get great ones at every point on the price spectrum, for one thing, and we wanted to be sure you know your options. But also because it’s easy to play around with how you style them. Whereas an Air Force 1 might be more difficult to wear with a suit, you can be damn sure a pair from Common Projects (or Koio, or Lacoste, or Greats) will look particularly *chef’s kiss* under your no-break trousers. Flip it around, and you can also wear them with a T-shirt and shorts. Or jeans. Or chinos. The world (of pants) is your oyster.

But before you get to wearing your new leather sneakers, you’ll need to find the pair that deserves a spot in your rotation. To do that, just keep reading.

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Grand Crosscourt II Sneakers

Cole Haan amazon.com

$90.00

$59.97 (33% off)

Cole Haan built its business on office-friendly footwear. And unless you work somewhere with a pretty stodgy dress code, these Grand Crosscourt IIs will fit in just fine on the job. If they don’t? That’s what the weekend (or WFH) is for. 

Club C 85 Sneakers

Reebok amazon.com

$69.95

People tend to think way back to the middle of the last century when they talk about old-school tennis shoes and the timelessness of their aesthetics, and that’s not entirely unreasonable. But the Club C—a little bulkier, with abundant paneling and a little attitude—makes a strong case for keeping the ’80s in mind, too.

Superstar Shoes

Adidas adidas.com

$85.00

Okay, fine: the toe is made of rubber. But 1) that’s the defining characteristic of the shoe also called the “Shell Toe,” and it looks cool, and 2) the rest of the upper is made from full-grain leather. It might not be the height of basketball technology anymore, but the Superstar still slaps.

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Sneakers

Nike nike.com

$90.00

Speaking of shoes that still slap: The Nike Air Force 1. The Uptown has been at the core of sneaker culture since it first hit the streets in 1982 (despite a brief hiatus between ’84 and ’86), and it’s going strong to this very day. When it comes to colorways—and there have been a lot of ’em over the years—it’s hard to top triple white.

Carnaby Evo Bl 1 Sneakers

Lacoste amazon.com

$95.00

The croc comes on shoes, too. And if those shoes happen to be pared-down low-tops with a full leather upper and a bit of piping at the heel for some added style, well…all the better.

BLVD Court Sneakers

Wolverine wolverine.com

$129.00

Wolverine brings the expertise it’s built up working on its world-famous boots to the sneaker game with these court sneakers from its BLVD collection. Made in León, Mexico, an internationally respected seat of shoemaking, they’re crafted from hard-wearing leather and finished with a suede “T” toe and a stitched leather welt.

Royale Sneakers

Greats greats.com

$179.00

Not quite as minimalist as some of its counterparts in the ever-expanding ecosystem of (largely direct-to-consumer) companies making (mostly) low-key kicks, the Royale has carved out legions of fans. With its made-in-Italy construction and premium leather upper, that’s no surprise.

Legend Z Sneakers

Good Man Brand amazon.com

$198.00

Made from Italian nappa leather (sitting on top of an Italian Margom sole), Good Man Brand’s Legend sneakers live up to the name. Legendary comfort, refinement, versatility…you get the gist.

Capri White Gum Sneakers

Koio koio.co

$268.00

A gum sole with a bright white leather upper is a combo so good (and so classic) that it’s a little surprising you don’t see it more often. Credit to Koio, then, for this Italian-made pair, crafted from—you guessed it!—Italian leather, and finished with hand-painted edges. 

Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

Common Projects mrporter.com

$410.00

Want to credit just one brand with kicking off the minimalist leather sneaker movement? It’s Common Projects, without a doubt. The Achilles is the OG, a modern classic that’s still to many a man’s eye the hero of the brand’s output to this day. In other words: If you’re got the scratch, you really can’t go wrong.

Rhecess Distressed Leather High-Top Sneakers

Rhude mrporter.com

$465.00

Hey, remember wayyyyy back when we were talking about vintage-inspired sneakers with a big hit of color? Well, here we are! You made it! They’re by Rhude, made from soft, supple leather, and come in a teal-and-black colorway that’s damn perfect for the warmer months ahead.

Out of Office Sneaker

Off-White nordstrom.com

$515.00

Or maybe you like your shades a little softer. That’s what Virgil Abloh & co. are serving up with these baby blue and white Out of Office sneakers, which bear just a bit of a resemblance to a colorway often employed by a big sportswear brand named after a certain basketball legend. Call it an homage. Or don’t call it anything other than some good looking leather sneakers.

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Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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