Leather sneakers are a must in every wardrobe. Wondering which pair to buy? Let's compare three popular online sneaker brands for guys.
Sneakers are universal
They're functional and comfortable, and when you go with quality leather they can be lasting and versatile. A good pair of leather sneakers is a staple in a well rounded wardrobe, and with a little care they can last a long time.
That said, choosing a pair can be a daunting task. There are countless options in stores and online. Which should you consider? To help answer that, I wore and evaluated three different pairs of premium leather sneakers for several weeks.
Oliver Cabell vs. Koio vs. Beckett Simonon
From style to construction, here are the takeaways on each pair, and the verdict on which of these leather sneakers maximizes the qualities you're looking for.
Oliver Cabell White Leather Sneakers
- Sneaker: Oliver Cabell Low 1
- Price: $178
- Construction: Italian and Spanish full grain leather, rubber sole
- Best attribute: Style
It's hard not to love the fresh, clean look of these white leather sneakers. They exude summer with their bright color and smooth finish. They make a statement, but not too loudly.
These shoes are perfect for a warm weather outfit with shorts — I'd take these over boat shoes any day.
That cool look isn't free, though — the white shows everything. Though some dirt and light stains are expected on any pair of sneakers, the pure white color makes them pick up filth after just a few times wearing them.
Even small blemishes become obvious. Most of it can be cleaned off after each use, especially with a little leather balm.
Editor's Note: Baby wipes are a cheap, quick way to clean your white leather sneakers at the end of a particularly dirty day, or before a night out. You can soak give white laces a bath in soapy water to freshen them up.
Still, I found myself avoiding dirty surfaces and watching my step more than I typically want to with sneakers. After all, sneakers are meant to be all-purpose.
The Oliver Cabells are good quality and very stylish. I'll certainly be wearing them more, especially in summer time. Just keep in mind that to keep that bright white color you'll need to give them more frequent cleaning and care than most other sneakers.
Koio Black Leather Sneakers
- Sneaker: Koio Capri Nero
- Price: $248
- Construction: Vitello calf leather, rubber sole
- Best attribute: Quality
Quality is the first word that comes to mind with these sneakers. You can feel it in the weight and see it in the materials. In the hands and on the feet, they're clearly solid and well built.
Beckett Simonon Black and White Leather Sneakers
- Sneaker: Beckett Simonon Reid Low Top
- Price: $149
- Construction: Full grain leather, rubber sole
- Best attribute: Value
I found myself coming back to these the most. The white leather sole contrasted with the black leather is a clean and striking look. It's also classic and timeless.
These work equally well with shorts or pants. Black jeans were my favorite.