As part of our ongoing series showcasing affordable versions of luxury fashion items, we bring you a selection of all-black sneakers that won’t break the bank.
While fashionistas the world over wait with bated breath to see what the menswear illuminati (and thus, everyone else) will be wearing this season, it can get a bit demoralizing seeing your favorite influencers flexing in beautiful but impossibly expensive gear. With that in mind, we are introducing a new feature where we hook our fellow Snobs up with tips on where to find affordable but razor-sharp on-trend merchandise.
Given the current lean towards minimal (or in some cases, non-existent) color palettes, it is hardly surprising that a whole slew of luxurious black sneakers have flooded the market. Designers like Rick Owens and Y-3 have made some of the most desirable shoes in recent years, typically in black-dominated colorways, and the big boys of the footwear industry have followed suit. So with that in mind, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best all-black sneakers out there under $100 – keeping you on trend without breaking the bank. Thank us later and happy shopping.
Nike Air Max 1 – $100
Tinker Hatfield’s all time greatest creation (in our humble opinion anyway), the timeless runner looks just as good in this black-as-night iteration as it did in its OG ’90s flavor. With a highly comfortable Air unit and a tough combination leather and textile upper, it’ll do you all the way through the approaching fall/winter season as well. Get involved.
Vans Leather Slip On – $65
Making a comeback thanks to its easy wearability and luxe connotations (see baller iterations from Common Projects and Diemme), the Vans’ slip-on sneaker has been given a black leather makeup, fitting neatly into any contemporary menswear wardrobe and making a nice change from the slew of hi-tech designs we’re seeing of late. Cop yours.
Air Jordan 1 Mid – $105
Okay so we cheated with this one – this murdered out take on Michael’s game-changing mid top is a whole five bucks over $100 – but tonal leather and nubuck paneling combined with that silhouette is an absolute win any day in our books. The AJ1 is an utter icon of athletic footwear and will go with pretty much any outfit (go on, try us) – you’d be a fool to miss out.
While the timeless sneaker turned pop-culture icon can be worn with almost any outfit, that’s not to say it can be worn in all conditions – canvas is hardly the sturdiest of materials – so the guys over at Converse have dressed the Chuck in a thin water-resistant rubber upper and French terry lining for comfort and warmth, with the eyelet vents removed and an added gusseted tongue to keep your feet from getting wet. Neatly bringing the classic sneaker into the fall season, get yours here for a mere $65.
While the Stan Smith and ZX Flux have been killing it this season, we’re a bit partial to the pure ’80s vibes from the Run DMC-endorsed Superstar sneaker. A real piece of sneaker history, the basketball sneaker has been brought back up to date with a sleek blacked-out color-up, a steal at a mere $75.
For a ton more on-trend sneakers, head over to our shopping channel What Drops Now.