Simple, no-frills black sneakers are a classic addition to any look. Unlike white sneakers, black kicks are low key and you won’t have to worry about keeping them squeaky clean.
For women, however, finding the perfect pair of black sneakers can be a challenge. Many sportswear brands still persist in offering women bright sneakers in overly feminine colorways, failing to acknowledge that women can appreciate all kinds of kicks. In addition, many hyped sneakers still come in men’s sizing, making the quest for new kicks even more frustrating when you’re a woman.
To make things a bit easier, Highsnobiety curator Yulia Pankova has selected some of her favorite black sneakers for women available right now. Yulia’s selection includes popular silhouettes such as Nike‘s Shox TL and classic styles like the Vans Sk8-Hi, not forgetting luxury kicks including Prada‘s latest spin on the Cloudburst.
So, without further ado, we’ll let Yulia give you the rundown on the best black sneakers for women.
Converse CTAS ’70s
“These are so iconic, I’m not sure you really need a reason to buy them. I love the off-white outsole, which gives them the perfect retro vibe. They’re just essential.”
Vans Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0
“Surprisingly, these are one of the most versatile sneakers on the market right now. Whether you’re into the whole sk8er look or looking for something chic, this pair is your go-to. Also, note the slight platform which makes these shoes look more chunky but still authentic.”
Nike Shox TL
“If you stan everything from the ’00s, then you’ll fall in love with these sneakers, which were first introduced in 2003. Nike’s Shox TL is fast becoming the season’s coolest shoe and, if you didn’t get to cop the CDG version, this is the closest thing. Similar to the OG silhouette, the kicks feature glossy upper details and visible technology in the midsole.”
“This silhouette is such a treat because you can buy it in almost any colorway you want, plus they’re perfect running shoes in my eyes. The triple black colorway makes these P-6000 look very sleek but still low-key.”
Nike Air Max Tailwind 4
“Another archive model, this time brought back from 1999. Nike’s Air Max Tailwind 4 will be a nice addition to your black sneakers rotation this season. These shoes feature visible Air Max cushioning throughout the midsole, paired with a black upper and silver details.”
adidas Originals Yung-1
“I’m sure you already know this shoe, as it’s one of the best general releases from adidas Originals’ recent drops. Black sneakers always look better with some suede details, as they add a touch of luxe to them. Another perfect pair of all-black chunky sneakers.”
UNDERCOVER x Nike Daybreak
“Probably my favorite ones from this list. This season, Nike has once again teamed up with UNDERCOVER, dropping beautiful new colorways of the Daybreak. Luckily, there’s a black version too, which is the perfect example of a luxury streetwear staple. The shoes feature a nylon and suede upper, as well as a leather Swoosh and oversized heel counter for a chic twist.”
CPFM x Nike Air Vapormax 2019
“This version of the Nike Air Max Vapormax 2019 is one of the most coveted women’s sneakers this season. Made in collaboration with Cactus Plant Flea Market, it’s easily recognizable thanks to its playful style. If you didn’t manage to cop them on release day, don’t hesitate to spend a little extra cash via the resale market.”
MMW x Nike Free TR Flyknit SP
“Matthew M. Williams will never fail to deliver some steezy Nike pieces. These Free TR 3 Flyknit SPs, though, aren’t for everyone. This actually makes me excited to see how people can pull them off. If you do, make sure to tag #snobshots on Instagram.”
adidas by Raf Simons Ozweego
“Raf Simons’ latest Ozweegos sneakers are familiar, yet so unique. These are truly statement sneakers, and will definitely draw attention, thanks to the liquid-like illusion on the sole.”