Let's be real. You could have all the heat in the world when it comes to grailed kicks, but without a solid pair of black sneakers you're selling yourself short.
Black sneakers are essential to a footwear lineup, 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 all year round.
What's more, all-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.
With so many options out there, the quest for the best black sneakers is no easy task. Fortunately, the experts here at Highsnobiety HQ have been keeping tabs on the footwear essentials and have curated a selection of the best all-black shoes with various pairs on this list coming in a wide array of sizes. From HOKA's technical sneakers to monochrome staples from luxury labels like Maison Margiela, these all-black sneakers are here to hold you down.
Scroll on for a look at the best black sneakers for men right now.
Salomon ACS Pro
While Salomon is known for having the best color-blocking in the sneaker game, silhouettes like the ACS Pro really shine when outfitted in all-black.
Nike Air Jordan & Retro
Sure, classics like the Olympic and Bordeaux colorways are nice to have for resale but when it comes to stepping out these Chambray's are a solid choice.
Maison Margiela Leather Replica Sneakers
Undeniably one of the best all-black sneakers for formal and casual occasions, the Replica Sneaker can do no wrong.
Our Legacy Gabe Sneaker
The Gabe is Our Legacy's answer to those of you who can't decide between a shoe or a sneaker and arrives with a suede, and leather upper along with a sturdy Vibram outsole.
Loewe Flow Runner
Lightweight and easy to match, the Flow Runner is Loewe's addition to the quiet luxury genre.
New Balance 1906
Detailed with the popular "Refined Future" overlays (better known as the "protection pack"), these all-black New Balance's are sure to keep your soles comfy every step of the way.
Li-Ning Furious Ace 1.5
Anytime you combine durable ripstop and leather along a sneaker upper, you're sure to have a pair of kicks that are built to last.
Merrell x Reese Cooper MTL MQM
Merrell and Reese Cooper linked up for a collection of kicks that can do it all. Along with its waterproof shell, the shoe equally excels at hiking, climbing, and running on various surfaces.
Nike Zoom Vomero 5
The year of the Zoom Vomero might be upon us, with Nike consistently dropping colorways that perk our attention. This triple black rendition keeps things simple, and it's one of the cleanest pairs to drop yet.
Trussardi Retro Mule
There are mules, and then there are mules by Trussardi. The Italian label comes through with a pair to feed your Y2K appetite.
Kiko Kostadinov Tonkin Strap
Perhaps the chunkiest sneaker on this list, Kiko Kostadinov is a master at crafting experimental footwear. This pair comes with a padded velcro strap at the vamp and an oversized sole unit that makes for an eye-catching silhouette.
Athletics Footwear Zero V1
Crafted for active use and everything in between, the new Zero V1 boasts comfort and a DURACOMP rubber outsole.
Rick Owens Leather Sneakers
An iconic Rick Owens sneaker model, these have become one of the designer's most popular pieces. The quality and craftsmanship embedded into these luxe black sneakers will last for years to come.
Moncler Trailgrip GTX
If you are planning on embracing the chunkier side of things it's best to step out with these all-terrain sneakers made with a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane.
Simone Rocha Pearl Daisy Trek
Half sneaker, half dress shoe, Simone Rocha manages to (somehow) merge two different worlds together effortlessly.
HOKA Clifton L GTX
The only thing better than wearing absurdly comfy sneakers, and that's absurdly comfy sneakers reinforced with GORE-TEX.
Balenciaga 3XL Mules
Balenciaga has chopped the back off its sneakers and turned it into a slip-on mule. The sneakers arrive with an additional lacing system to style as you please.
adidas Samba OG
Nothing beats the classics and the Samba OG is a certified icon. The shoe has finally been getting the respect it deserves recently, with countless collaborations and celebrity co-signs.
On Cloudrock 2 Waterproof
Engineered in Switzerland for optimum comfort using On's signature Cloud technology, the Cloudrock is the label's rugged trail-running boot. Made for uneven terrains and sharp declines, you can rest assured that these boots have you covered for adventures regardless of the weather.
adidas x Bad Bunny Response CL
It's rare to come across a pair of sneakers that are nearly all-black but simply embellished with navy blue details. Hands down, this is one of the best practical collabs of the year.
Nike Air Force 1 '07
Where better to end our foray into the best black sneakers than with the Nike Air Force 1 in the iconic Triple Black colorway? Few kicks come as easy to style as this silhouette and, in particular, this colorway.
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