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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, we’ve rounded up some of the best black sneakers for women available right now. Our selection includes hyped silhouettes such as adidas’ collaboration with Alexander Wang and Skepta’s Nike Air Max Deluxe SK, as well as classic silhouettes such as the New Balance 990v4, Nike Cortez and Converse One Star.

Discover our selection below and click the links to shop if you like what you see.

Nike x Skepta Air Max Deluxe SK

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Skepta’s ongoing collaboration with Nike keeps on delivering. After bringing us a pair of mismatching Air Max 97s, the UK grime artist blessed us with an insane pair of Air Max Deluxes, featuring an upper inspired by TV static. These sneakers will surely have you turning heads, however you decide to rock them.

Air Max Deluxe

Nike x Skepta

$60

Vans Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0

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If you’re into high tops, Vans Sk8-Hi is a classic. Not only do they offer an effortlessly cool skate aesthetic, but they’re also super affordable. The below pair is an updated version of Vans’ classic high-top skate shoe, with a platform sole to add a few extra inches, too.

Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0

Vans

$96

Nike x COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus Air Mowabb

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One of two collaborative Air Mowabb’s from COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus and Nike ACG, this sneaker is versatile and casual, elevated with super-soft suede overlays.

Air Mowabb Sneakers

Nike x COMME des GARCONS Homme Plus

$241

Nike Air Force 1 Jester XX

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The Air Force 1 is a classic, but if a standard all black iteration feels dated with all the iterations available, then feast your eyes on the Air Force 1 Jester XX. These sneakers are part of “The 1 Reimagined” collection, which reinvented two of the Swoosh’s most iconic silhouettes — the AF1 and the Air Jordan 1. Best of all, the reimagination was done specifically for women.

Air Force 1 Jester XX

Nike

$88

adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Skate Super

The latest adidas x Alexander Wang collaboration brought these dope Skate shoes into the world. The low-top sneaker features signature Three Stripes and a Boost rubber sole in gum, black, and white, all of which is elevated by Wang’s signature upside-down branding and premium finish.

Skate Super Shoes

adidas Originals x Alexander Wang

$220

ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov Gel-Delva 1

The latest of Kiko Kostadinov’s ongoing collaboration with ASICS, these sneakers were released on November 2 in three colorways — “Pine Green,” “Rosewood Brown,” and “Cement Black.” You’re looking at our pick of the three — a dope first buy into the trail-meets-fashion sneaker.

Gel-Delva 1

ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov

$165

New Balance 990v4

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The New Balance 990V4 is an icon, often considered the grail of dadcore silhouettes, but that doesn’t mean they’re exclusively for men. This pair is part of the “Made in the USA” collection, which combines the 990’s style with perfect cushioning, stability, and premium materials.

990v4 Sneakers

New Balance

$174

Prada Cloudbust High-Top

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Originally spotted in 2017, the Cloudbust is one of Prada’s most hyped sneaker silhouettes thanks to the retro-futuristic feel and bubble midsole. But while the Cloudbust usually comes as a low-top sneaker, this high-top version would be a stand-out addition to any rotation.

Cloudbust High-Top Sneaker

Prada

$570

Converse One Star

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These low-top Converse sneakers first hit the scene in 1974 and quickly became a staple in alternative culture. Their suede upper makes them a super versatile shoe for any occasion, paired down for casual wear or easily smartened up.

One Star Pro

Converse

$70

1017 ALYX 9SM Runner

1017 ALYX 9SM is known for its fashion-forward, rollercoaster-buckled apparel and accessories, but the brand is killing it in the shoe department, too. Along with its limited high-top AF1, these all-black sneakers are a perfect way to rock the hiking-inspired sneaker trend through winter.

Runner Sneakers

1017 ALYX 9SM

$435

Nike Air Force 1

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Nike Air Force 1s are a sneaker classic that goes with everything. The black leather upper of this pair is timeless, paired with a platform rubber sole to add some height should you need it.

Air Force 1

Nike

$96

Reebok Run.r 96

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If you’re looking for a futuristic pair, these Reebok sneakers are it. For the Run.r 96, Reebok has mixed a deconstructed sole with mesh inserts, drawstring closure and black rubber detailing throughout.

Run.r 96 Sneakers

Reebok

$178

 

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