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 M920
New Balance's are always a good idea and we're particularly into the 920 model at the moment. The 920 has dropped in a wealth of colorways, however, we’re kind of feeling this triple black pair to be perfectly honest.
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.
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Tech Sneakers
Bottega Veneta has a real knack for designing some of the most memorable shoes in the game. The latest design in the form of the Intercciato Tech Sneakers continues a line of smash-hit footwear.
Reebok x Maison Margiela Club C “memory of”
An all-black pair of Reebok Club C sneakers is a timeless shoe in its own right, but this version in collaboration with Maison Margiela takes things one step further by deconstructing the shoe.
ASICS GEL-Venture 6
ASICS' classic runners are a failproof option, especially when they're in no-nonsense all-black colorways. The GEL-Venture is super comfortable and looks great in this pared-back palette.
HOKA Clifton 8
HOKA's cushioned midsole and early stage Meta-Rocker technology mean that the sneaker company is hard to beat on comfort. When it comes to everyday sneakers, these will have you covered.
Comme des Garçons Black x Nike Eagle Sneakers
Comme des Garçons' Black sublabel not only has a selection of all-black sneaker collaborations with the likes of Nike and Vans, but it also has a matching uniform of monochrome clothing to rock with them.
Salomon XT-Wings 2 ADV
Salomon's bright colorways are part of the reason we have adopted the shoes for more than trail running, but when it comes to versatility for everyday outfits, you can't beat the simple colorways.
New Balance MS327LX1
These 70s-inspired New Balance sneakers take on a new, more stealthy look when decked out in all Black. Who knew a 327 could look so mean.
adidas Terrex Free Hiker Gore-Tex
A combination of the brand's patented Primeknit material, GORE-TEX membrane, and Boost midsole make these adidas sneakers ideal for tackling any trail. Or just for running errands around the city.
Rick Owens DRKSHDW License Plate High Sneakers
A classic Rick Owens sneaker, be ready for unwarranted comments about these looking like Converse by the uninitiated.
Prada Cloudbust Thunder High
Prada’s Cloudbust Thunder is an amalgamation of interesting design details, such as the exaggerated tread, military-inspired design, and techy features. If you’re looking for an all-black sneaker that is not subtle, look no further.
UNDEFEATED x Nike Dunk Low SP
UNDEFEATED’s collaborations with Nike have flown somewhat under the radar this year, which is criminal considering the retailer’s legendary status as Swoosh partner. This ballistic nylon Dunk Low from the Dunk vs AF1 pack is too good to pass up.
adidas YEEZY 700 v3 Dark Glow
For the past few years, Kanye West has been obsessed with earthy, muted tones, but that doesn’t mean adidas’ GOAT collaborator can’t serve up a delicious, triple black sneaker. In fact, this 700 v3 is the perfect balance between hype and subtlety.
EYTYS is an acquired taste, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on this list. The robust designs are sure to catch the eyes of passersby, but the black colorway will help keep them stealthy overall.
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