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 essential – 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).
And while the timeless Nike Air Max 1 and adidas Campus may have served you well in the past, we’re all about new general releases, as well as sneaker collaborations with the likes of COMME des GARÇONS and Martine Rose.
Scroll on for a look at the best black sneakers for men right now.
Nike Air Force 1
What’s more classic and understated than a triple black Nike Air Force 1? We’ll wait.
Nike’s P-6000 was originally released just for women but, thanks to overwhelmingly positive reception from male sneakerheads, the retro-inspired silhouette is now available for men too. While it was previously released in a number of eye-catching colorways, this triple black version keeps things simple.
adidas Originals Ozweego
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.
Martine Rose x Nike Monarch
Martine Rose’s Nike Air Monarch shocked the sneaker world when the designer made the sneaker even “uglier,” fully embracing the dad shoe trend. Because the sneaker didn’t immediately sell out, it’s still available and a solid all-black option.
Salomon S/Lab XT-6
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to invest in a pair of technical sneakers to see you right all season long. Salomon‘s S/Lab XT-6 Softground LT ADV sneakers is perfect for Fall/Winter — not only are they easy to keep clean, but the shoe’s rugged Contragrip sole will give you maximum traction against snow, rain, or mud.
Prada Cloudbust Thunder
If Prada‘s Cloudbust silhouette isn’t chunky enough for your taste, this updated Thunder version was made just for you. This new Cloudbust comes with a wild outsole, as well as tech details on its upper. The patent leather overlays are an added bonus.
Nike Shox TL
Nike brought back its Shox line this year and the craziest silhouette thus far is the toe-to-heel Shox TL. First developed in the early ’80s, Shox cushioning wasn’t released until the early ’00s and looks just as futuristic as it did nearly 20 years ago today.
Reebok DMX Trail Shadow
Not only are Reebok’s collaborations severely underrated, but the brand’s in-line models are also worth a closer look too. The DMX Trail Shadow has tinges of the Balenciaga Track thanks to its busy upper and trail-inspired sole unit. The black upper is complemented by hits of silver, that bring the multi-layered upper to attention.
Converse Chuck 70 Hi
The Chuck 70 Hi is about as classic and no-frills as one can get. Add a suede upper instead of the traditional canvas and we’re sold, so you should be too.
adidas Originals Supercourt
The adidas Supercourt is one of the brand’s latest, classic designs. A multi-layered leather upper is rendered in all back, as is the midsole. For those looking for an understated, tennis shoe aesthetic, look no further.
adidas Originals Stan Smtih
When adidas brought back the Stan Smith in 2015, no one could have predicted just how huge the popular silhouette’s return would be. Now, almost five years on, the classic tennis model is still going strong thanks to its sleek, no-frills design.
COMME des GARCONS x Nike Outburst
First debuted in March of this year, the Outburst is the latest collaboration from Nike and COMME des GARÇONS. Similar to their previous collab, the sneaker comes with a detachable CDG chain. This time, however, the chain comes in black rather than gold, for the maximum black-on-black effect.
adidas Originals Superstar
adidas is bringing back its Superstar in a very big way next year, so if you’re looking to be ahead of the trend without standing out too much, grab yourself a triple black version here.
OAMC x adidas Originals Type 02
OAMC and adidas teamed up on a number of different silhouettes, this triple black, leather Type 0-2 being the standout. It mixes high fashion with sportswear-inspired detailing and is a great anti sneaker for anyone that wants something little less casual.
Maison Margiela Fusion
Margiela’s Fusion sneaker is a monstrosity but it owns it and that’s what makes it badass. Previously available in a number of bright, eye-catching colorways, this triple black version is as toned down as a glue-covered sneaker can be.
Opening Ceremony x HOKA One One Bondi
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.
ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 360
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.
JW Anderson x Converse Run Star Hike
JW Anderson took perhaps the simplest design, the Chuck 70, and turned into a hiking-approved, chunky beast in the Run Star Hike.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews