A pair of all-black sneakers is an essential for every rotation, offering maximum versatility (black goes with everything) and opportunities both to stand out or let other statement elements of your ’fit shine. Due to their vast styling potential, sportswear and fashion brands alike continue to release new incarnations of black sneakers for men 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 much more wearable in everyday life.
But with so many options out there, man’s quest for the perfect pair of all-black kicks is no easy task. Fortunately, the experts here at Highsnobiety Shopping 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 (for women readers, you’ll find the pair for you here).
And while the timeless Nike Air Force 1 and adidas Campus may have served you well in the past, we’re all about new models such as the recent Nike Zoom 2K and Kiko Kostadinov‘s latest Camper Lab collaboration.
Scroll on for the full rundown on the dopest black sneakers for men right now.
Nike Zoom 2K
This Nike silhouette may be new, but it’s already on its way to classic status in our eyes. Inspired by the late ’90s Nike Alpha Project, the Zoom 2K features Zoom Air cushioning and rubber wings that wrap around the foot. It’s the perfect mix of retro and futuristic styles.
Under the creative direction of Guillermo Andrade, LA’s 424 might mostly be known for its apparel, but this sneaker is not one to overlook. The all-black 42Force comes with an insane dipped effect to offset its black leather upper that it’ll make it look like you’ve been splashing through puddles of oil.
Kiko Kostadinov x Camper Lab Teix
Following up on last year’s collaborative project with Camper Lab, Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov has reconnected with Camper Lab for an all-new 1997 Teix boot. This sandal-like shoe comes with a front velcro strap, triangular cutouts, and chunky rubber sole for extra utilitarian vibes.
Maison Margiela Replica
Maison Margiela’s Replica needs no introduction. Made from premium leather and suede, the black-on-black colorway is as luxurious as low-key fashion house sneakers get, offering a touch of class to any ’fit.
Acne Studios Perey
The only flash of color in Acne Studios Perey sneakers come from its golden logo on the side. Coming in smooth leather, the shoes boast the Swedish brand’s signature face patch at the heel first introduced by Jonny Johansson for FW17.
adidas Originals Nite Jogger
Inspired by the original Nite Jogger of the ’80s, this triple-black update is a much more subdued take on the classic. The OG version featured more a blue midsole insert, but we’re super into the reflective details of this model, not forgetting its updated Boost midsole and addition of technical fabrics.
When it comes to minimalist sneakers, VOR most likely has what you’re looking for. The German brand is known for its for modern, sparse designs, and this new 5A silhouette is no different. This is a super easy shape to style with any ‘fit, while a full grain leather upper and leather lining adds some real luxury flair.
1017 ALYX 9SM Runner
Leave it up to a brand such as 1017 ALYX 9SM to turn hiking sneakers into an avant-garde fashion grail. This Runner model comes with hiking-inspired metal hooks and reinforced eyelets, as well as a logo-embossed tongue and highly performant Vibram sole.
If you’re not fussed about the Matthew Williams’ elevation, the Neal by ROA arrives with a technical twill upper, sock-like lining, and – you guessed it – a Vibram sole. An all-black colorway will give these some everyday appeal to go with their off-road optimization.
Nike Air Max Plus “La Requin”
In Paris, Nike’s Air Max Plus is known as “La Requin” — which translates to “the shark” — in reference to its shark-reminiscent upper. This new black-on-black edition embraces that predatory moniker with a dorsal fin-style Swoosh and updated shark jaw logo on the tongue.
ASICS Gel-Venture 6 MX
Trail shoes are fast becoming the sneaker trend you never thought would happen, and when it comes to affordable cops, you can’t go wrong with this pair of ASICS Gel-Venture 6 MX. As well as offering up a fashion-forward vibe, they don’t skimp on technical ability, with maximum traction and grip provided by their AHAR rubber sole.
Reebok DMX Series 1200 LT
This DMX Series sneaker from Reebok is the perfect mix of design and function. Featuring an EVA midsole and durable rubber sole, the sneaker is full of retro flavor which is sure to look great in all your upcoming spring ’fits.
Maison Margiela Cut-Out Replica
Looking for a breezy pair of kicks for the warmer months? This is the one. Margiela’s new, deconstructed Replica features side and back cutouts throughout — perfect to let your feet breathe without compromising your love for sneakers.
NEIGHBORHOOD G.R Hi
With spring in full swing, it’s only right we include a pair of all-black canvas kicks, too. This high-top from NEIGHBORHOOD — inspired by WW2’s military training shoes — is made from 10oz cotton canvas, elevated by eye-catching branding on the side.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews