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Black sneakers are essential to every rotation, offering maximum versatility (black goes with everything) and opportunities both to stand out or let other statement pieces in your fit shine. Due to their vast styling potential, sportswear and fashion brands alike continue to drop new incarnations of monochrome kicks for men, all year round.

What’s more, black sneakers come with far less maintenance than their brighter, white counterparts – so there’s less pressure to keep them box-fresh, making them ultra-wearable.

But with so many options out there, man’s quest for the perfect pair of black sneakers is no easy task. Fortunately, the experts here at Highsnobiety HQ have been keeping tabs on the footwear essentials – from the classics to new releases  – and have curated a selection of the best black sneakers for men right now (we’ve rounded up the best women’s kicks here).

Scroll on for a look at the best black sneakers for men right now.

adidas Originals Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

from $79

adidas Originals

(Available at 5 Merchants)
(Available at 5 Merchants)

The adidas Superstar celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Beginning life as a low top basketball sneaker, the Superstar has been adopted by various areas of culture and it continues to get new, modern spins.

Nike Air Force One

Air Force 1 '07

from $90

Nike

(Available at 5 Merchants)
(Available at 5 Merchants)

In the arena of all-time classic sneaker silhouettes, the Nike Air Force One is the final boss. A chunky sole forms the foundation for an unforgettable, paneled upper. In an all-black colorway, this is an understated essential for every footwear rotation.

Vans Old Skool

Old Skool

Old Skool

$60

Vans

Buy at Foot Locker

A classic. Vans’ signature shoe has been a part of rotations for more than 40 years, designed for skating but loved and used in a multitude of other worlds now.

Nike Air Tailwind 79 SE

Air Tailwind 79 SE

Air Tailwind 79 SE

from $50

Nike

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

This retro Nike silhouette was originally released in 1979 and marked the beginning of Nike Air technology. The first model to carry Nike’s patented air bubble, the Tailwind broke ground for a new generation of sneaker design and still looks as fresh in 2020 as it did in ’79.

On Running Cloudflow

Cloudflow

Cloudflow

$140

On

Buy at On Running

Performance-footwear brand On Running bridges the gap between exercise gear and everyday lifestyle footwear with the Cloudflow. Mesh uppers afford lightweight breathability while the fully cushioned sole unit provides comfort and support.

New Balance Made in US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

from $175

New Balance

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

The 990v5 has become New Balance’s flagship silhouette, and for good reason. The perfect blend of comfort and style, the much-loved sneaker also comes in this slick blacked-out colorway.

adidas Originals Ozweego

Ozweego

from $66

adidas Originals

(Available at 6 Merchants)
(Available at 6 Merchants)

Inspired by the sneakers of the ’90s and ’00s, the adidas Originals Ozweego is the perfect blend of classic and modern. With an eye-catching mesh and suede upper, the Ozweego boasts elements of running sneakers from the past. This new colorway features a matte black upper and grey outsole.

adidas Originals NMD R1

NMD R1

NMD R1

$120

adidas Originals

Buy at Foot Locker

Releasing in late 2015, the Adidas NMD has grown to become a beloved corner of the permanent adidas roster in just over 4 years. That’s probably down to a lightweight Ultra Boost sole unit, streamlined silhouette, and insanely comfortable uppers.

Fear of God x Converse Chuck Taylor 70s

Chuck Taylor 70s

from $109

Fear of God x Converse

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

The Chuck 70 Hi is about as classic and no-frills as one can get. Combine the classic silhouette with Jerry Lorenzo’s washed-out, L.A.-inspired color palettes — this time a cream and black combo — and we’re onto a winner.

Nike Air Max 270 React

Air Max 270 React

Air Max 270 React

$160

Nike

Buy at Foot Locker

Nike never sleeps. Each year seems to bring a host of exciting new silhouettes from the sneaker giant. 2018 was a great year, seeing the release of the 270 which got the React treatment, affording it a futuristic, layered upper.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 360

GEL-Kayano 5 360

from $89

ASICS

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)

ASICS has continuously shown that it can bring the past and future together to create hybrid sneakers like no other. The GEL-Kayano 5 360 is a testament to that, featuring an ultra-comfy 360 GEL sole and a retro-inspired upper.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Black Cat 2020

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cat 2020”

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cat 2020”

from $184

Nike

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

The Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Black Cat’ is a highly sought-after shoe, and for good reason. A murdered-out design shifts all the focus onto the model’s iconic silhouette, cementing it as one of the most loved Jordan models ever.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN

Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN

Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN

from $289

adidas

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

When Kanye’s design know-how made the move from Nike to adidas, something switched. Since then, the Yeezy brand has grown exponentially with seemingly no end to the hysteria. Bag this sleek Yeezy Boost 700 for the love of sneaker history.

Off-White™ Low Vulcanized Sneakers

Low Vulcanized Sneakers

Low Vulcanized Sneakers

$211

Off-White™

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Buy at ssense

Off-White head honcho Virgil Abloh has always been vocal about how much sneakers inspired his journey into design. With a handful of fan-favorite Nike collaborations under his belt, a closer focus on the footwear design at Off-White has led to some great results.

Sacai x Nike LD Waffle

LDWaffle

LDWaffle

$390

Sacai x Nike

Buy at stockx

Earlier this year, Sacai offered a decidedly futuristic, conceptual take on one of Nike’s retro silhouettes. The Nike LD Waffle Sacai imitates the fusion of two separate shoes while somehow retaining a minimal overall feel.

Bally Grody Sneakers

Grody Sneakers

Grody Sneakers

$297

Bally

Free Shipping & Returns

Free Shipping & Returns

Buy at Bally US

Dipping into the annals of retro sports sneaker design for inspiration, Bally’s Grody fills out an athletic silhouette with luxurious full-grain calf leather. Topped off with a silicon inner sock, wear as a slip-on, zipped, or laced.

Prada Cloudbust Thunder Sneakers

Cloudbust Thunder Sneakers

Cloudbust Thunder Sneakers

$890

Prada

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $300

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $300

Buy at ln-cc

Fast-forward your sneaker rotation some 50 years with this spaceship-worthy sneaker from Italian powerhouse Prada. A streamlined, athletic upper sits atop a contrasting chunky sole unit that adds punch to this all-black design.

Opening Ceremony x HOKA One One Bondi

Bondi Running Sneakers

Bondi Running Sneakers

$233

Opening Ceremony x HOKA One One

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Buy at Luisaviaroma

HOKA One One burst onto the fashion scene almost as quickly as it dominated the running game. Thanks to ultra-cushioned models like the Bondi above, HOKA sneakers have become favorites among the performance crowd. Collaborations with the likes of Opening Ceremony has led to the brand being one of the hottest up and comers.

Maison Margiela Replica

Replica Sneakers

from $340

Maison Margiela

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

The Maison Margiela Replica is the fashion house’s take on the German Army Trainer (GTA), one of the most popular and lowkey silhouettes. Crafted with premium materials, you’re getting a sneaker that feels as good as it looks.

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