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11 Best Brown Sneakers for Men | Man of Many

In choosing the best brown sneakers for men, expertise is key. Man of Many has remained an active member of the sneaker sub-culture since we were founded in 2012, and today, remain focused on all the latest sneaker news, reviews, and more. Our list of the best brown sneakers for men has a focus on leather, it’s the most durable, comfortable, and stylish option when you’re shopping for tan. As such, expect the price points to be a little higher than white or black sneakers, but still a hair less than the best Jordans of all time. While our list includes sneakers that range between $200 and $1000 there are great options to be found at all ends of the price range. Most importantly, all the shoes below promise durability and comfortable wear, even if you have to break the premium leather in a little more than you would a trainer. Let’s check out the list.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Brown Sneakers for Men

Our list of the best brown leather shoes for men goes like this.

Best Brown Sneakers for Men at a Glance

1. Oliver Cabell Low 1 in Lion

No one does leather footwear quite like the minimalist masters at Oliver Cabell. There’s a reason the team at Man of Many continues to wear these almost every day of the week. One of our favourite sneaker brands for men period, we particularly love their Low 1s and the Lion colourway is the perfect fit for this brown leather shoe trend we’re in the middle of. Crafted in Italy and dressed in premium calfskin leather with Margom rubber outsoles, we recommend you pair them with smart casual or semi-formal attire, slacks, trousers, and chinos will work wonders.

2. Common Projects Achilles Low in Moka

We’re firm believers that luxury footwear brand Common Projects kicked off the modern minimalist sneaker trend so expect to see the originators make up a good portion of our favourite sneaker articles. When it comes to CPs, they keep things simple. Choosing a pair for yourself is as easy as picking the colour that suits you the most, in our case, we’re looking at the best brown sneakers for men so allow us to introduce ‘Moka’. The quintessential example of sophisticated style and durable construction, we recommend pairing the brown colour above with a smart casual fit. The best part? They’re made from premium calfskin leather, so expect years of comfort.

3. Crown Northampton Harlestone Derby

We remember the first time someone told us about UK-based Crown Northampton. Hand-made, custom-size orders, and some of the best materials in the business? It just sounds too good to be true, but the brand has been crafting quality leather shoes since 1908 so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about men’s brown sneakers. Our pick of the bunch is the Harlestone Derby which hails from their Hand Stitch Collection and delivers top-shelf construction at every turn. Made from the finest Scottish deer suede, each silhouette is cork-filled by hand so as to increase comfort, stability, and breathability. If you’re looking for the best brown leather sneakers for men at any price point, here they are.

4. KOIO Capri in Castagna

Remember when we said that most men’s brown leather sneakers wouldn’t necessarily accommodate business or formal dress codes? Well, these stylish classics are here to prove us wrong. They’ll also go just as well with a smart casual ensemble as they would a tailored suit. Handcrafted in Tuscany from vegetable-tanned leather and equipped with thick rubber soles, each pair takes on a distinctive patina over time. If you’re looking for a pair of smart leather sneakers for men at an affordable price point, these might be at the top of our list. A great Oliver Cabell alternative.

5. CLAE Bradley

Refined footwear that keeps pace with modern lifestyles is the mission statement over at CLAE, a brand that continues to offer tremendous quality and value. Their popular Bradley leather sneaker is available in a variety of handsome colours, including Cashew Brown which is our personal favourite. Premium leather uppers sit upon thick rubber soles whilst recycled foam insoles dial up the comfort factor. Considering adidas doesn’t make a brown leather Stan Smith, these might be the best choice if you’re looking down that right.

6. Greats The Royale

We think these brown sneakers from Greats are a masterpiece of their respective domain and the legions of five-star customer reviews seem to agree with our assessment. Responsibly handcrafted by way of sustainable practices, they combine full-grain leather uppers with breathable soft leather lining, 100% waxed-cotton laces, antimicrobial cushioned footbeds, and natural rubber outsoles with a custom tread pattern. Your smart casual (and even business casual) wardrobe has just been optimised.

7. Allen Edmonds Courtside

Streamlined style and brilliant comfort collide on the Courtside leather sneakers from Allen Edmonds. Sleek by design, their patented FlyForm insoles and durable outsoles impart effortless wearability across a host of terrains. Whether on the court or off, these are every bit as versatile as their roomy fit, expert construction, and impeccable aesthetic would suggest. We like to pair these with classic chinos and a button-up outfit, although, they’d be equally as comfortable under a pair of corduroy trousers.

8. Camper Runner

These brown casual sneakers of premium full-grain leather are built to last and are always ready for action. Delivering a sporty silhouette with top-notch performance to match, their use of EVA outsoles, OrthoLite cushioning, and patented XL EXTRALIGHT technology improves upon both wearability and shock absorption.

9. Tod’s Tab Sneakers in Leather

When only the best tan leather sneakers will suffice, look no further than this designer option from Italy-based Tod’s. Their fine-stitched leather uppers cultivate a subtle retro vibe whilst rubber pebble detailing on the heels and outsoles inject no shortage of visual detail. Expect to pay for the privilege of owning a pair but if only the best will suffice, this is what we’d recommend.

10. Bally Asken

Look once at these men’s brown sneakers and then look again because there’s a lot to take in, despite the minimalist silhouette. Bridging the gap between high style and sporty performance, the Bally Askens feature distinguished calf leather uppers with perforated accents, logo detailing on the heels, leather lining, and contrasting rubber soles. Luxurious perhaps, but also tastefully casual in their own expensive way.

11. Aquila Deco 2.0

Like so many of the best men’s leather sneakers, these ones from Aquila dispense with the finest grain texture. Combine that with plush leather lining, organic cotton laces, ergonomic insoles, and stitched rubber outsoles and you get a stylish, top-selling classic. Thanks to Strobel Construction—an enduring hallmark of premium athletic footwear—these shoes are equal parts lightweight and flexible, making them perfectly wearable across a variety of seasons, activities, and ensembles.
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