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Black sneakers are essential to every rotation, 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 essential – 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.

Vans Sk8 Hi

Sk8-Hi

Sk8-Hi

$65

Vans

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A classic. Vans’ signature shoe has been a part of rotations for more than 40 years, designed for preventing skate injuries but loved and used in far wider ways.

New Balance Made in US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

Made In US 990v5

$175

New Balance

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The 990v5 has become New Balance’s flagship silhouette, and for good reason. The perfect blend of comfort and style, the much-loved sneaker also comes in this slick blacked-out colorway.

Nike Air Max 97

Air Max 97

Air Max 97

$170

Nike

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Continuing the iconic silhouettes theme, the classic Nike Air Max 97, born in the ’90s, was inspired by the bullet trains of Japan and was the first sneaker to feature the full-length air element. It’s still as good.

New Balance M992

Made in US 992

Made in US 992

$175

New Balance

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The New Balance 992 was recently relaunched this year, much to the enjoyment of many sneakerheads. The 992 is one of the brand’s most popular classic silhouettes and was actually Steve Jobs’ model of choice.

Maison Margiela Replica

Replica Sneakers

from $340

Maison Margiela

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

The Maison Margiela Replica is the fashion house’s take on the German Army Trainer (GTA), one of the most popular and lowkey silhouettes. Crafted with premium materials, you’re getting a sneaker that feels as good as it looks.

Nike SB Chron Solarsoft

Chron Solarsoft

Chron Solarsoft

$70

Nike SB

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Think of the Nike SB Chron as a slightly updated Janoski with Solarsoft technology ensuring a comfortable ride.

adidas Originals Superstar

Superstar Suede

Superstar Suede

from $80

adidas Originals

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

Believe it or not, the adidas Superstar celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Beginning life as a low top basketball sneaker, the Superstar has been adopted by various areas of culture and it continues to get new, modern spins.

1017 ALYX 9SM Indivisible Sneaker

Indivisible Sneakers

Indivisible Sneakers

from $467

1017 ALYX 9SM

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

1017 ALYX 9SM’s newest sneaker is the athletic-inspired Indivisible sneaker. It features the brand’s signature Vibram tooling with a more performance-looking upper.

Nike P-6000

P-6000

P-6000

from $50

Nike

(Available at 6 Merchants)
(Available at 6 Merchants)

Nike’s P-6000 was originally released just for women but, thanks to overwhelmingly positive reception from male sneakerheads, the retro-inspired silhouette is now available for men too. While it was previously released in a number of eye-catching colorways, this triple black version keeps things simple.

adidas Originals Ozweego

Ozweego

from $66

adidas Originals

(Available at 6 Merchants)
(Available at 6 Merchants)

Inspired by the sneakers of the ’90s and ’00s, the adidas Originals Ozweego is the perfect blend of classic and modern. With an eye-catching mesh and suede upper, the Ozweego boasts elements of running sneakers from the past. This new colorway features a matte black upper and grey outsole.

Reebok DMX Trail Shadow

DMX Trail Shadow

DMX Trail Shadow

from $159

Reebok

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)

Not only are Reebok’s collaborations severely underrated, but the brand’s in-line models are also worth a closer look too. The DMX Trail Shadow has tinges of the Balenciaga Track thanks to its busy upper and trail-inspired sole unit. The black upper is complemented by hits of silver, that bring the multi-layered upper to attention.

Converse Chuck 70 Hi

Chuck 70 Suede Hi

Chuck 70 Suede Hi

from $62

Converse

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

The Chuck 70 Hi is about as classic and no-frills as one can get. Add a suede upper instead of the traditional canvas and we’re sold, so you should be too.

adidas Originals Supercourt

Supercourt

Supercourt

$63

adidas Originals

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The adidas Supercourt is one of the brand’s latest, classic designs. A multi-layered leather upper is rendered in all back, as is the midsole. For those looking for an understated, tennis shoe aesthetic, look no further.

adidas Originals Stan Smith

Stan Smith

Stan Smith

from $75

adidas Originals

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

When adidas brought back the Stan Smith in 2015, no one could have predicted just how huge the popular silhouette’s return would be. Now, almost five years on, the classic tennis model is still going strong thanks to its sleek, no-frills design.

OAMC x adidas Originals Type 02

Type O-2L

$250

OAMC x adidas Originals

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OAMC and adidas teamed up on a number of different silhouettes, this triple black, leather Type 0-2 being the standout. It mixes high fashion with sportswear-inspired detailing and is a great anti sneaker for anyone that wants something little less casual.

Maison Margiela Fusion

Fusion Sneakers

Fusion Sneakers

from $685

Maison Margiela

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

Margiela’s Fusion sneaker is a monstrosity but it owns it and that’s what makes it badass. Previously available in a number of bright, eye-catching colorways, this triple black version is as toned down as a glue-covered sneaker can be.

Opening Ceremony x HOKA One One Bondi

Bondi Running Sneakers

Bondi Running Sneakers

$233

Opening Ceremony x HOKA One One

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HOKA One One burst onto the fashion scene almost as quickly as it dominated the running game. Thanks to ultra-cushioned models like the Bondi above, HOKA sneakers have become favorites among the performance crowd. Collaborations with the likes of Opening Ceremony has led to the brand being one of the hottest up and comers.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 360

GEL-Kayano 5 360

from $89

ASICS

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)

ASICS has continuously shown that it can bring the past and future together to create hybrid sneakers like no other. The GEL-Kayano 5 360 is a testament to that, featuring an ultra-comfy 360 GEL sole and a retro-inspired upper.

JW Anderson x Converse Run Star Hike

Run Star Hike

Run Star Hike

from $209

JW Anderson x Converse

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

JW Anderson took perhaps the simplest design, the Chuck 70, and turned into a hiking-approved, chunky beast in the Run Star Hike.

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