The Brown Leather Sneaker: Summer Sneakers for Boot Guys – 10 Picks

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Are you more of a Red Wing than bright white Common Projects kind of guy? Shorts weather can be tough. We've got just the thing.

Summertime is easy-breezy time. Layers are singular; fabrics are lightweight, and collars are open. Unfortunately with this kind of garb, your oxfords can look a bit out of place. Nailing down that perfect summer shoe is no easy feat (get it?), but there is an option for when your cap-toes are too much and your running shoes aren’t enough.

Court-style brown leather sneakers can meet just about all of your summer needs: they look smooth with chinos in the office, denim for a night out, shorts on Saturday, hell – you can even wear the right ones with a suit to attend that summer wedding. They combine the grown-up aesthetic of leather with the casual feel of athletic shoes.

If you’re a year-round boot wearer struggling with shorts, brown leather sneakers are the perfect summer alternative, giving you that sturdy leather upper but with lighter weight and a little ankle-breathing room for those hot days. Grab a pair of no-show socks, and you’re set.

We like these pairs from Sperry and Frye. Both have a minimalist design on the upper and a clean, white sole. Now you just have to decide if you like fabric laces or rawhide.

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The Best Brown Leather Sneakers

Looking for more options? Check out The Sneakers We’re Wearing This Summer and our guide to Gum Sole Sneakers for a ton of others.

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Mike Henson is a literature teacher in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He enjoys shooting 35mm film, restoring vintage straight blades, purchasing too many American-made goods, and spending time with his wife and their three daughters.