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 Rhianna Matthews has selected some of her favorite black sneakers for women available right now. Rhianna's selection includes popular silhouettes such as Nike's Air Jordan 4 and classic styles like the adidas Superstar, not forgetting luxury kicks Acne Studios' take on the trail runner.

So, without further ado, we'll let Rhianna give you the rundown on the best black sneakers for women.

Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Gel-Kayano 26

Gel-kayano 26

Gel-kayano 26

$213

Vivienne Westwood x ASICS

Buy at Slam Jam

British icon Vivienne Westwood puts her spin on the ASICS Gel-Kayano this season. Black netting covers the upper in Viv's signature gothic style.

New Balance 990

990

990

$226

New Balance

Under-26s Get 10% Off

Under-26s Get 10% Off

Buy at Farfetch

The New Balance 990 has been having a moment for the past year or more and it’s not stopping any time soon. This normcore star is a winner.

Nike Special Project ACG Moc 3.0 Sneakers

Acg Moc 3.0 Sneakers

Acg Moc 3.0 Sneakers

$86

Nike Special Project

20% Student Discount

20% Student Discount

Buy at NIKE

With more time indoors imminent, this pair of Nike ACG Moc 3.0 Sneakers is looking more and more appealing. A cozy one-piece, quilted upper wraps around the foot while a contrasting white outsole positions this slipper-style pair as out-and-out sneakers.

ROA Neal Hiking Sneakers

Neal Hiking Sneakers

Neal Hiking Sneakers

$365

ROA

Under-26s Get 10% Off

Under-26s Get 10% Off

Buy at Farfetch

Utilitarian trends are kind right now, and the ROA Neal Hiking Sneaker is the perfect example as to why. It’s elegant and rugged at the same time.

HOKA One One Bondi 7 Sneakers

Bondi 7 Sneakers

Bondi 7 Sneakers

from $150

HOKA One One

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

HOKA One One’s collection is characterized by thick soles, and the Bondi 7 is one of the brand’s most recognizable silhouettes. Whether you’re on the hunt for a performance runner, or just an insanely comfortable rotation topper, Bondi 7 is the one.

1017 ALYX 9SM Indivisible Sneakers

Indivisible Sneakers

Indivisible Sneakers

from $620

1017 ALYX 9SM

(Available at 9 Merchants)
(Available at 9 Merchants)

Matthew Williams is no stranger to a chunky sole, and when we say chunky, we mean CHUNKY. 1017 ALYX 9SM’s Indivisible Sneakers will eat up any terrain for breakfast.

Acne Studios Trail Sneakers

Trail Sneakers

Trail Sneakers

from $410

Acne Studios

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

Acne Studios’ Trail Sneakers adds to the list of Trail-inspired silhouettes that are taking over the sneaker world and our must-have lists right now. This all-black iteration shifts the focus onto the intricate, layered upper.

Eytys Halo Sneakers

Halo Sneakers

Halo Sneakers

from $470

Eytys

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

You probably knew someone who owned a pair of leather boots with this sole in the ‘90s. Eytys has updated the style with a retro sneaker upper for a heady cocktail of gothic sportswear - is that a thing?

adidas Originals Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

from $79

adidas Originals

(Available at 5 Merchants)
(Available at 5 Merchants)

It’s likely that you’re on the hunt for a pair of black sneakers because you need a staple. As far as staples go, the adidas Originals Superstar is the pinnacle.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Black Cat 2020'

Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Black Cat 2020'

Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Black Cat 2020'

$535

Nike

Buy at Stadium Goods

The Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Black Cat 2020’ is a reissue of the coveted Black Cat. Dressed head-to-toe in black, this pair can do no wrong.

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