21 Best Black Sneakers For Every Man’s Rotation

Black sneakers are the most versatile shoe in every man’s wardrobe, after all, you’re never out of style when you’re all blacked out. As the essential sneaker for your rotation, they have the ability to literally go with everything. You can pair black sneakers with tracksuit pants or suit pants, all that matters is the occasion.

One major benefit of joining the dark side is that you don’t have to worry about dirtying up your black sneakers. They’re a neutral shade that won’t require much maintenance. In fact, some options like the ‘Black Cat’ Jordan 4 and G Dragon Air Force 1 look even better once they’ve taken a bit of a battering.

Here is a list of the 21 best black sneakers for every man’s rotation, in hope of finding the best pair of black sneakers for you!

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Common Projects x Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

1. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Hey, it’s the minimalist tennis-style shoe with the gold digits. This simple shoe stuck out amongst the Jordans of the time and brought levels of minimalism to the footwear market. This shoe is for the man who only wants to impress those who ‘know’, and the shoe stands out only by the gold style code on the heal. CP’s can be dressed up as much as they can be dressed down, catering to the individual’s own sense of style. The Original Achilles Low is by far the most popular and superior in its genre.

Made in: Italy 
Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining: 
Leather 100%
Outer: 
Leather 100%
Price: $435

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M990v5 Suede and Mesh Sneakers

2. New Balance Made in US 990v5

If we asked you to picture a ‘sneaker’ in your mind the 990v5 would probably come to mind. These all-black sneakers have been worn by some of the most stylish people in fashion, just ask Timothée Chalamet. New Balance has made a major resurgence as of late, and the 990v5 is right there pushing the envelope forward by looking back. The retro styling is reminiscent of something you might find in an episode of ‘Friends’ but the silhouette has aged like fine wine. Perfect for the best 90’s inspired outfit, you can wear these all day long with their outrageous levels of comfort. Pair them with a pair of trousers or grey trackies and you’ve got the comfort fit of your dreams.

Made in: United States
Sole: 
Rubber 100%
Lining: 
Fabric 100%
Outer: 
Suede 100%, Fabric 100%
Price: $280

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Monochrome Low Ultra Black Minimalist sneaker

3. MONOCHROME` Low Midnight Ultra Matte

MONOCHROME` is a Sydney based sneaker brand with a range of premium sneakers made in the heart of Italy. These low-top black sneakers feature a rubber-coated Italian calf leather with an Ultra Matte finish. The first of its kind, this unique finish comprises the entire upper of this lace-up sneaker. Not only is this one of the most unique sneakers on the list, but it’s also fully water repellant and features a lightweight EVA outsole.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Leather 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%
Price: $435

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Air Force 1 “G-Dragon Peaceminusone Para-Noise”

4. Air Force 1 G-Dragon Peaceminusone Para-Noise

G Dragon works his magic on this classic Nike silhouette, hiding his design under black paint. While some people want to put their shoes on a pedestal and never wear them, G Dragon gives us a reason to beat our sneakers up a bit with these Air Force 1’s. Under the black paint hides a G Dragon mural that represents the designer’s faith in creation. To reveal the mural beneath all you have to do is wear them. These are the perfect black sneakers for the man with an artistic touch.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Nylon 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%
Price: From $738

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Saint Laurant Andy Leather Sneakers

5. Saint Laurent Andy

A super sleek number from Saint Laurent, these are a favourite of stylish celebrities like Jonah Hill. You can pair these black sneakers with anything thanks to the minimal design and subtle use of branding. The wax laces and stitching is finished off with gold foil branding for a luxe feel. Wear these with a set of straight-leg trousers and be on your way.

Made in: Italy
Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Leather 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%
Price:A$605

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HOKA One One Bondi 7 Rubber-Trimmed Mesh Running Shoes

6. HOKA One One Bondi 7

You might think you know what a comfy shoe feels like, but trust us, if you haven’t worn Hoka’s you don’t know anything yet. These are the comfiest road shoes on the market, and the best part is, they come in triple black. The full EVA midsole is game-changing and the mesh upper provides breathability for long-distance occasions. Whether by design or by association, the Hoka has made a crossover into the fashion world. Many stylish celebs have been photographed wearing Hokas under their Marni trousers, we see no reason why you couldn’t do the same.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Fabric 100%
Outer:
Rubber 100%, Fabric 100%
Price:A$210

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ASICS GmbH GEL-Quantum 360 6 sneakers

7. ASICS GmbH GEL-Quantum 360 6

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 6 is right there with the Hoka when it comes to comfort and GmbH has had their hands on ASICS latest number. This is the third project between the Berlin fashion house and ASICS and they’ve certainly made a statement this time around. GmbH reworks the uppers and deconstructs them, in the process adding bold asymmetrical colours for a unique euro appeal.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Fabric 100%
Outer:
Polyurethane 100%, Fabric 100%
Price: From $248

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Air Force 1 '07 Leather Sneakers

8. Nike Air Force 1 ’07

It wouldn’t be a black sneakers list without that black air force 1 energy, would it? While these are the preferred pair of sneakers for those allegedly partaking in black air force 1 type activities, you can also wear these with a pair of trousers and get away with it. The good news is, whether you partake in these type of activities or not there’s a pair of Air Force 1’s out there for everyone. If blacks not what you are after, try white. Pair Air Force 1’s with a pair of washed jeans and a white t-shirt for a ’90s fashion statement.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Polyester 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%, Polyester 100%
Price: From $174

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Nike x Undercover React

9. Nike x Undercover React Presto

Jun Takahashi takes his eye for chaotic fashion to a bespoke pair of Nike React Prestos. This black sneaker combines the classic look of the Presto with a design that pays homage to a previous collaboration Undercover and the Nike React Boot. These are the perfect sneaker for a techwear look that incorporates cargos and a lot of black.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Fabric 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%, Rubber 100%, Fabric 100%
Price: From $177

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Von Routte Munich

10. Von-Röutte Munich

Von-Röutte takes inspiration from classic silhouettes with the Munich sneaker. Handmade in Portugal, the timeless look and versatility of this black sneaker make it perfect for casual and semi-formal wear. The sneaker features a leather upper and lining with suede details, and when you move to the back there’s a leather pull tab that finishes off the silhouette nicely. Paired with some fitted trousers and you have a great sneaker for smart casual wear.

Made in: Portugal
Sole:
Rubber 100%
Lining: Leather 100%
Upper: Leather 100%, Suede detailing
Price: $234

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Asics Gel-Kayano 26 Vivienne Westwood

11. Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Gel-Kayano 26

One of 2020’s prominent sneaker releases, the Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Gel-Kayano 26 harks back to Westwood’s Buffalo collection in 1983. The sneaker features a fairly obvious open mesh net around the upper and a toggle lacing system for adjustability. To pull these off you’ll need a keen eye for fashion and if that’s not your prerogative it’s best you leave these alone.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Fabric 100%
Outer:
Fabric 100%
Price: From $407

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Salomon XT6 ADV

12. Salomon S/Lab XT-6 ADV

Salomon has made waves this year and the XT-6 is one of the brands highest spec offerings. The XT-6 features the brand signature speed lacing system and EVA foam midsoles for comfort. Breathable mesh uppers and Rearfoot Descent Control technology mean you’re ready for everything the trail or the city has to offer. Salomons are a great cross-genre sneaker, while their intended purpose is the trail, they’re just as suited to the pathways at fashion week.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Polyamide 100%
Outer:
Polyester 100%, Rubber 100%
Price: From $280

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Maison Margiela Replica Leather and Suede Sneakers

13. Maison Margiela Replica

The Maison Margiela Replica comes in a variety of colourways, luckily one of them is triple black. The shoe resembles the German Army Trainer shoes of the 1970s and is even referred to as the Maison Margiela GAT for its resemblance to the army sneakers it gets its name ‘replica’ from. The popular silhouette made its way into army surplus stores after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the Replica was introduced by Margiela in his fashion shows throughout the 1990s. Today the Replica is worn by the most fashionable people in the business and for good reason, it’s truly a timeless silhouette.

Made in: Italy
Sole: 
Rubber 100%
Lining: 
Leather 100%
Outer: 
Leather 100%
Price: $678

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ACNE STUDIOS Leather Sneakers

14. ACNE STUDIOS Lace-up Sneakers

These black sneakers are another great designer option from Acne Studios. Made in Italy, the Lace-up sneakers are finished in premium materials. The gold foil logo is on-brand with other designer sneakers and the minimalist silhouette is a perfect choice for scenarios where leather is the only option.

Made in: Italy
Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Fabric 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%
Price: $580

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Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Force Mid

15. Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Force Mid

Turn that black Air Force 1 energy up a notch with Comme’s take on the Air Force Mid. This silhouette was first debuted at the COMME des GARÇONS FW20 “Neo Future” fashion show back in March 2020. The sneaker embodies the designer’s idea that it is not possible to make something completely new. The raw edges around the Nike Swoosh demonstrate the designer’s idea perfectly. Finishing off the design is Comme des Garçons branding on the strap, a key feature of the Air Force Mid.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Leather 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%
Price: $426

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Adidas Ultraboost Black

16. adidas Ultra Boost 1.0

The Ultra Boost 1.0 triple black rewinds the clock on an old classic. As is everything that Kanye touches, the Ultra Boost was one of the most highly sought after sneakers back in 2015. Kanye wore a pair of triple white Ultra Boosts but the triple black was still a favourite among fans. This is the perfect pair of sneakers for ducking out of the house to let everyone know you know a little bit about footwear trends.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Outer: Polyester 100%
Price: From $229

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Comme Des Garçons Chuck 70 Hi sneakers

17. Comme des Garçons Play x Converse Chuck 70

Highly revered in the streetwear scene the Converse Play Chuck 70 has all the makings of a streetwear staple. Anything the little red heart touches usually turns into a fan favourite, it is the instant familiarity of the Chuck 70 silhouette that takes this one a step further. The upper features black canvas, a premium material that is exclusive to Chuck 70. Finally, the sneaker proudly displays a classic CDG red half heart with two eyes peeking out from the midsole.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Canvas 100%
Outer:
Canvas 100%
Price: $238

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Sacai LDWaffle Black Nylon

18. Nike x Sacai LDWaffle ‘Black Nylon’

Many believe the LDWaffle was the sneaker of the year in 2019, so it’s only right the black colourway makes the shortlist for best black sneakers. Sacai takes its fashion design language to this Nike silhouette in the only way to knows how. A double-stacked swoosh logo sits front and centre on the side panel, and a white heel chin extends out the back of the midsole to complete the Sacai look.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Polyester 100%
Outer:
Leather 100%, Suede 100%, Nylon 100%
Price: From $538

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Air Jordan 4 Retro Black Cat 2020

19. Jordan Air Jordan 4 Retro Black Cat

Re-releasing in early 2020, the Black Cat Jordan 4 hardly flew off shelves. It wasn’t until it was found on the feet of many stylish celebrities that it began to surge in price. The sneaker features a black nubuck upper with matching details around the eyelets and laces. Black hardware and netting combine with the black outsole to finish off the black on black look. This sneaker is the perfect candidate for daily wear, it begins to look better with age.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Polyester 100%
Outer:
Suede 100%, Nylon 100%
Price: From $888

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LANVIN zigzag lace-up sneakers

20. LANVIN Zigzag Lace-up

A sneaker that looks remarkably similar to a pair of famous Osiris skate shoes. The LANVIN Zigzag is a literal meme of a sneaker. We only included this sneaker because of how flagrant it is, with multicolour laces and a gum outsole, you’d want to be colourblind to wear these. We’re not sure what LANVIN was thinking here but straight lines were obviously not an option.

Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Leather 100%
Outer:
Calf Leather 100%
Price: From $628

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Maison Margiela Tabi sneakers

21. Maison Margiela Tabi

First introduced in the label’s 1989 catwalk show, the Tabi sneakers are popular for obvious reasons. The sneaker features cotton and leather upper with signature Margiela branding along the heel in white. Split toe Margielas have made a strong comeback in the fashion culture towards the end of this year, and we’re still a bit on the fence with the trend. We’ll let you be the judge.

Made in: Italy
Sole: Rubber 100%
Lining:
Cotton 100%, Leather 100%
Outer:
Cotton 100%
Price: $540

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General FAQ

What sneaker goes with everything?

Black sneakers go with everything. If you can't decide on what style to go for, a black tennis shoe like the Achilles Low from Common Projects is a great choice.

Who is G Dragon?

Kwon Ji-yong or ' G Dragon' is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, entrepreneur, and leader of South Korean boy group BIGBANG.

What is black air force 1 energy?

Someone with black air force 1's is usually partaking in some illegal activities. Some say they're the kind of person who can't be trusted and is likely to steal something from you or someone else.

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