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.
New Balance ML2002RK
You're probably on the hunt for black sneakers because of their everyday appeal. In that case, you'd do well to opt for a style as comfortable and hard-wearing as the leather ML2002RK from New Balance.
adidas x Prada Luna Rossa
Favored by the Prada Linea Rossa sailing team because of its fully draining design, the adidas x Prada Luna Rossa sneaker looks extremely sleek in triple black.
Salomon XA Alpine Mid ADV
So many good Salomon colorways, so little time. Monochrome is a good place to start, and they don't come much sleeker than this blacked-out version of the XT-6 ADV.
Loewe Ballet Runner Sneakers
Loewe's Ballet Runner is one of the more original designs when it comes to luxury black sneakers. The super lightweight silhouette takes after plimsolls with a barely-there sole unit which is ideal as we move into summer.
New Balance 992
Last year, thanks countles collabs, one of the sneakers of the moment was the New Balance 992. If you’re unwilling to shell out resale for those pairs, why not grab this black colorway here?
On Cloud Sneakers
Swiss running expert On has made a name for itself with a close focus on technical prowess. The utilitarian Cloud silhouette looks even more engineered in its all-black outfit.
Rick Owens x Converse DRKSHDW Chuck 70
The Dark Lord himself, Rick Owens, has given Converse’s most iconic sneaker his signature touch. That means he’s turned what is usually a subtle, simple sneaker into an edgy beast. Feast your eyes on the DRKSHDW Chuck 70.
HOKA One One Bondi 7
HOKA One One specializes in running gear, but the inimitable thickness of the sole units has carved out a spot for the brand in the lifestyle sector too. The Bondi 7 is a great place to begin your love affair with some of the comfiest sneakers on the market.
We couldn’t leave the Balenciaga Track off our list. The complex, almost anatomical design almost looks subtle in a triple black colorway.
Nike x Stüssy Air Force 1 Low
The Nike Air Force One is an all-time classic, and a nice way to make the style your own is by looking for a collaboration. The most recent in a long line of Air Force One rehashes comes from none other than Stüssy and this all-black canvas version is a winner.
Maison Margiela Replica Sneakers
Maison Margiela's Replica Sneakers are in the sneaker hall of fame: good for all occasions and completely timeless. In triple black, they feel even more versatile.
adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Few sneakers have survived as many evolutions as the adidas Ozweego. Since its birth in 1996 as a humble running sneaker, it's traversed into the lifestyle sector with grace and ease.
adidas Y-3 Ultraboost 21
The Ultraboost 21 is the first since the original to really evolve the design language and stand as a dope sneaker of its own. This triple black colorway is a must have.
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