Black sneakers are essential to a sneaker 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 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.

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.

Nike Air Force One

Air Force 1 '07 Craft

Air Force 1 '07 Craft

$120

Nike

20% Student Discount

20% Student Discount

Buy at NIKE

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.

Nike Special Project ACG Moc 3.0 Sneakers

Acg Moc 3.0 Sneakers

Acg Moc 3.0 Sneakers

$100

Nike Special Project

20% Student Discount

20% Student Discount

Buy at NIKE

Nike combines a soft wrap-around upper with a substantial sneaker sole unit to make the ACG Moc 3.0 one of the most versatile black sneakers around. From off-duty homebound fits to public-eye style, don't be shy — rock the Moc.

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.

New Balance Made in US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

from $175

New Balance

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 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 x Prada Superstar 450 Leather Sneakers

Superstar 450 Leather Sneakers

from $525

adidas Originals x Prada

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

With Raf Simons now the collaborative head of Prada, an adidas Originals collaboration doesn't seem so unlikely. This time it's the iconic Superstar that gets the update. Transformed with premium leather uppers, but sticking to a minimal, monochromatic palette, this pair will be a central character in our seasonal rotation.

HOKA One One Gore-Tex® Challenger Low Sneakers

Gore-Tex® Challenger Low Sneakers

$150

HOKA One One

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Buy at ssense

HOKA One One sneakers are made for high-performance running. That's the explanation for the characteristic chunky sole units that have become synonymous with the brand. The Challenger Low Sneaker gets a durable GORE-TEX makeover for fall and winter this year and its all-black aesthetic matches its no-frills purpose.

Reebok x Très Rasché Club C 85

Club C 85

$100

Reebok x Très Rasché

Buy at Reebok

Reebok's Club C 85 is a timeless silhouette thanks to its sleek lifestyle construction that can be styled with pretty much anything you want, from suits to sports shorts. Teaming up with Très Rasché, Reebok gives the classic style a cracked matte-black upper which has strong, grungy vibes.

Acne Studios Leather Sneakers

Leather Sneakers

Leather Sneakers

$380

Acne Studios

Free Delivery On All Orders

Free Delivery On All Orders

Buy at Mr. Porter

We're wondering how Acne Studios has reworked the school shoes we had at the age of 6 and made us actually want them this time around. Premium leather uppers feature a perforated toe box and a subtle gold-foil logo in the way of detailing.

Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Air Jordan 1 Retro High

Air Jordan 1 Retro High

Air Jordan 1 Retro High

$345

Nike x COMME des GARÇONS

Buy at stockx

The Air Jordan 1 has always been a popular silhouette but recent months have seen an explosion in popularity for the style thanks to high-profile collaborations. This COMME des GARÇONS collaboration released back in 2019 and its oversized tongue and buckles are sure to garner attention, even amidst the Dior frenzy.

Maison Margiela Replica Paint-Splatter Sneakers

Replica Paint-Splatter Sneakers

Replica Paint-Splatter Sneakers

$460

Maison Margiela

Free Shipping On All Orders Within The USA Over $250

Free Shipping On All Orders Within The USA Over $250

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Maison Margiela's Replica sneaker is a brand-defining design and a design that has been reproduced by countless labels. The fact that the storied silhouette is so heavily associated with Maison Margiela is testament to the fact that Margiela did it best.

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.

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.

Salomon RX MOC ADV Slip-On Sneakers

RX MOC ADV Slip-On Sneakers

RX MOC ADV Slip-On Sneakers

from $130

Salomon

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

Salomon is at the top of its game right now having broken the barrier between performance and lifestyle. The RX MOC ADV Slip-On is a super comfortable silhouette cut from a scuba fabric combined with mesh inserts for breathability.

ASICS GT-2000 9 Sneakers

GT-2000 9

GT-2000 9

$120

ASICS

Free 2 Day Shipping On Orders Over $50

Free 2 Day Shipping On Orders Over $50

Buy at asics

Japanese footwear giant ASICS is another name that has confidently blurred the line between performance and lifestyle, in part thanks to a string of successful collaborations. That said, this pair doesn't need any other name on the tongue tab to make its point — just a good, old-fashioned monochrome palette.

A-COLD-WALL* Dirt Mock Slip-On Sneakers

Dirt Mock Slip-On Sneakers

Dirt Mock Slip-On Sneakers

from $272

A-COLD-WALL*

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

Outfitted in rubberized leather, the Dirt Mock Slip-On from Samuel Ross' A-COLD-WALL* can stand up to all conditions and is super easy to style thanks to the murdered-out color scheme.

On Cloudflow

Cloudflow

Cloudflow

$140

On

Buy at On Running

Performance-footwear brand On 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.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 360

GEL-Kayano 5 360

from $89

ASICS

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 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 $320

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.

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