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Best Leather Sneakers for Men Beyond the Basic White Sneaker

March 18, 2021

Best Leather Sneakers for Men Beyond the Basic White Sneaker

GENUINE LEATHER SNEAKERS TO INSTANTLY ELEVATE YOUR LOOK IN NEW AND PROFOUND WAYS

Leather sneakers are something every man should have in their wardrobe. Owning a quality, trusted pair you can wear both in the office and after hours offers a grown-upaesthetic and casual ease when building your best fit.

When it comes to styling, leather sneakers for men have seemed to fall into a state of complacency. The simplest answer to a leather sneaker dilemma is a pair of white leather sneakers—you know, your AF1s, Stan Smiths, Club C’s, Common Projects...

Those white leather sneakers are great, but the opportunities of other great colorways like brown, black, navy, mahogany, and more are just as clean and classic. They’re easy to style too and make you stand out of the sea of sameness.

That’s why in 2021, we’re showcasing leather sneakers beyond the basic white colorway. 

Here are some of the best leather sneakers beyond white we are creating at Marc Nolan, along with outfits sourced directly from our community.


Black Leather Sneakers

What’s great about black leather sneakers is they’re easy to pair with your outfits. Moving to genuine leather models like our Ash and Declan will give you a luxe feel and make others notice your attention to the material details.

Generally speaking, black sneakers are some of the best pieces of footwear to start an outfit around. Declan and Ash pair great with all types of jeans, specifically with dark colors like black and grey, and also with a light wash if you want to find an appropriate contrast.

Black shoes are also great if you have a specific piece in your wardrobe that you want to wear. They allow you to break out that sleek black biker jacket or that earth-toned bomber jacket. Maybe you have a piece of Japanese denim you’d like to wear? These sneakers work for all types of high-quality denim too.

Ash Black Trainers Declan Black Sneakers
Ash Trainers Black Declan Black Sneakers

Black Leather Loafers & Dress Shoes - A Marc Nolan Staple

While our Ash and Declan models may resemble a traditional sneaker, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t apply the same level of comfort to our loafers and dress shoes.

The modern man’s wardrobe should reflect his lifestyle, and we are focused on finding that happy medium between comfort and elevation in all of our pieces.

So yes, Marc Nolan leather loafers and dress shoes are also sneakers by definition. 

If you’re looking for a black leather piece of footwear for your wardrobe, timeless silhouettes like our Ace, Boardwalk, and Jasper are perfect for those who want to lean more into a dressier look while also keeping comfortability top of mind.

Ace Black Penny Loafers
Boardwalk Black Horse-Bit Loafers
Jasper Brogue Wingtip Sneakers
Ace Black Penny Loafers Boardwalk Black Horse-Bit Loafers Jasper Brogue Wingtip Sneakers 

Below are outfit inspirations from some of our best traditional black leather sneakers beyond white.

Best Leather Sneakers for Men Beyond the Basic White Sneaker


Brown Leather Sneakers

Brown is another color that will make an outfit come together—especially when we’re talking about leather.

Brown leather sneakers aren’t far from what you can do with black. Contrary to general belief, brown has a lot of fun versatility in styling. They work exceptionally well when paired with blues: think medium-wash blue denim, light wash denim, navy. Brown leather also works well with lighter shades of black and grey when appropriate.

Models like our Ash Tan and Declan can take on those colors listed above. Our brown leather sneakers work with iconic business casual dress and with normcore wear of sweats and a soft t-shirt.

Ash Tan Trainers
Declan Mahogany Sneakers
Ash Tan Trainers

Brown Leather Loafers & Dress Sneakers

The Abe, Boardwalk, and Jasper are our signature Marc Nolan takes of great genuine leather shoes. Whether you are looking to wear classic loafer styles like the penny or horsebit, or a traditional dress shoe like an oxford or wingtip, we’ve taken several iconic designs and fit them to handle the elements.

Abe Cognac Plaid Penny Loafers
Boardwalk Mahogany Horse-Bit Loafers
Jasper Cognac Wingtip Sneakers
Abe Cognac Plaid Penny Loafers Boardwalk Mahogany Horse-Bit Loafers

Below are outfit inspirations from some of our best traditional brown leather sneakers, sourced from our Marc Nolan wearers themselves.

Best Leather Sneakers for Men Beyond the Basic White Sneaker


Other Great Leather Sneaker Colorways

How original would it be of us to recommend black and brown leather sneakers over white? Not that original is the answer.

We know great leather sneakers exist in other colorways as well.

Who can’t forget all the awesome tastes of red, from crimson to fire engine? Or what about green? Navy?

Models like the Ace Wine, Ash Navy, and Odell Sacramento Green, are some of the next level style pieces we’ve created to represent these colors.

Ace Wine Penny Loafers
Ash Navy Trainers
Odell Green Belgian Loafers
Ace Wine Penny Loafers Ash Navy Trainers

Below are outfit inspirations from other great leather sneaker color ways we carry.

Best Leather Sneakers for Men Beyond the Basic White Sneaker


Escaping The Complacency of White Leather Sneakers

Genuine leather sneakers are elite in their own right. They should be celebrated instead of shied away from.

While white may seem like the easiest colorway to own, there’s just as much versatility in styling with other exceptional leather sneaker colorways. From black to brown, to crimson red, to Sacramento green, we know our community at Marc Nolan is always looking to elevate their wardrobe with bold new choices.


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