Autumn is a drag. Actually, it’s worse than that — it’s a drab drag. The evenings have closed in, it’s getting progressively colder and we’ve already been forced to stuff our summery shirts and swim shorts away for yet another year. Heavy jackets and woolly socks are the order of these darker days, and style has gone out of the window (or it’s gone somewhere at least; no-one should still have their windows open in October).
Thankfully, there’s a glimmer of lace-up hope hiding at the back of your cold weather wardrobe. Summer may be sneaker season, but we’re championing these casual kicks well into winter. With leather trainers, bright colours and autumn-appropriate designs, take a look below to discover the best sneakers for autumn.
A leather pair will keep your feet warm and protected
Just because the clouds have gathered, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start reaching for your boots every morning. Leather sneakers are just as good at keeping your feet toasty and protected from any inclement weather — so why not take a look at some hardy tanned designs that will be both comfortable and puddle-proof?
From Common Projects, these ‘Original Achilles’ sneakers are ideal for all-year-round wear. With a minimal silhouette, they’re undoubtedly versatile — and the leather linings add yet another layer of weatherproofing. From Uniform Standard, these Series 1 sneakers not only boast waxed laces, but their footbeds and soles are crafted from recycled materials. Alternatively, look to British-based Cody & Co, the new kicks on the block whose Sorby trainers are made with premium leather and walk on a naturally reliable rubber sole.
Common Projects Achilles Leather Sneakers
Uniform Standard Series 1 Sneakers
Cody & Co Sorby Long Lace Trainer
Fight the darker days with bright coloured kicks
If the thought of wearing wintry threads fills you with monochromatic dread, then have a little faith in your footwear. Just because the days are darker and the weather worse, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement with your shoes. Just look at these options; sneakers that’ll put a spring in your step, and add a splash of colour the next time you have to splash through a puddle.
From North 89, these Scandi sneakers know a little something about frosty mornings; and their hardy, sleek-lined soles pair seamlessly with a soft pistachio upper. Church’s suede sneakers may be a little less rainproof, but their bold blue colour is as eye-catching as their heel pads are comfortable. And, if you really want to make an impact, lace up ETQ’s unbuckle toe-capped, nylon-laced and fiercely red sneakers.
North 89 No-2 Breathable Sneakers
Church’s Mirfield Suede Sneakers
ETQ LT 01 Maroon Sneakers
Lean into the autumn aesthetic with seasonal shades
Of course, autumn has a sense of style all of its own. With burnt oranges and deep, dark reds found in the natural palette of the season, it pays to incorporate these shades into your everyday wardrobe. Just take Jak’s rust-coloured, super-smooth Italian leather sneakers — with a leather lining, shock proof innersole and lightweight construction.
North 89 once again shows off its sneaker-making skills with these caramel-coloured kicks. The upper may be suede, but these reflective-stitched shoes are as weatherproof as footwear comes. Or, if you really want to sock it to your S.A.D, spin your colour dial to the boldest setting and lace up Oliver Cabell’s vivid, vibrant Low 1 sneakers.
Jak Legacy Rust Sneakers
North 89 No-2 Caramel Sneakers
Oliver Cabell Low 1 Sneakers
Still adamant about those boots? Then at least ensure you’re lacing up the best this season…