The new tech material (carbon fiber look) they use is just as good as regular leather, the new hi's also has these . If it were this pair with the regular leather, I say go for MMM for sure. http://www.projectno8.com/assets/pro...jpg?1267664658 As AR said though, black sneakers are too broad and there are plenty of choices out there. Aside from his suggestions, check out the new YSL Malibu sneakers, I believe they have an all black version available now, I believe I saw it at Saks in BH. Or just get the MMM GAT mids.