Dark souls rejoice. Now that Labor Day weekend has come and gone, everything white is out and black is back. That goes for sneakers as well. In fact, some would say that black sneakers work better than anything white, lasting longer in appearance and suiting the current state of men’s fashion better than other options. And for those naysayers, the “no white” tradition actually hosts a pragmatic past. During the days of coal heat in the winter, wearing white would often result in ruined clothing thanks to the prevalence of coal dust in the air. Now while we currently live in a world of electric and gas heating with coal heat serving as an antiquated method of the past, that doesn’t mean that black has to fall by the wayside as well.
Today, the availability of black sneakers on the market is vast, with practically every brand offering some form of dark option for their most popular silhouettes. Some hosting just a black canvas while other black out the entire shoe, sole and all. We’re fans of the latter style of course. Not only because of it’s a smooth aesthetic, but because we’re fans of commitment. So, clearly when we say all black sneakers, we mean all black and that’s what we’ve found; a list of the best 15 all black sneakers for men that are stylish in design, comfortable to wear, and will last through the cold, dark months ahead with tenacity.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Top
Arguably one of the most iconic sneakers in the world, the Chuck Taylor All-Stars Hi Tops boast an unmistakable silhouette that’s been adopted by fans of all persuasion. From skaters to artists to rebels and athletes they’re as versatile as they come. And with this triple-black option, they’re sure to keep the party going in style. You also can’t go wrong with their highly popular low-tops either.
PF-Flyers Sandlot Center Hi
If you don’t remember the classic baseball flick The Sandlot then these shoes may be lost in translation. Originally purported to make wearer fun faster and jump higher, these old-school basketball high-tops have traded in their court-side fame in favor of vintage style. Nonetheless, these all black sneakers maintain the classic canvas makeup and host the classic PF Flyers logo on the outside of the shoe’s upper as well.
Vans Suede SK8-HI
Punks, rebels, skaters unite. The iconic Vans Sk8 Hi, inspired by the classic Old Skool Vans features a durable suede upper, padded ankle for enhanced support and of course the brand’s signature vulcanized Waffle outsole. They’re the perfect skate shoe while simultaneously boasting an aesthetic that’ll keep you looking smooth around town after the sun sets.
New Balance 574 Running Shoes
Just because this is an all-black list doesn’t mean we can’t include running shoes as well. These New Balance 574s have everything you need when it comes to a quality running shoe. Features include a leather and mesh composition, a synthetic sole, padded collar and tongue, and EVA/ENCAP heel cushion. They also boast a carbon fiber rubber outsole for traction. Who would have thought a blacked-out running shoe could look so good?
Native Apollo Moc Jiffy Black
In case you get inundated with an Indian Summer the fall and need some relief for your feet, these all black Apollo Mocs are a great option. Featuring a microfiber upper complete with perforations for enhanced ventilation, a Superbuck Gusset, EVA outsole, and microfiber laces they’re super lightweight, comfortable and are PETA-Approved Vegan if that happens to be your thing as well.
Adidas Stan Smith
We couldn’t offer up a list of all black sneakers without including the legendary Adidas Stan Smiths. And just when we thought they couldn’t get any cooler we found these all black versions that we’re sure Stan Smith himself would have work back in ’73. And don’t worry, they still feature a full-grain leather upper, synthetic lining for comfort, perforated 3 stripes that serve as for ventilation, and a tonal rubber outsole for enhanced grip and support. Stay blacked-out on the tennis court.
Novesta Star Master All Black
What started back in the 1930s in Slovakia has since garnered a worldwide reputation of quality craftsmanship. And in their production, Novesta only uses certified materials and works to produce highly unique sneakers for a wide array of wearers. These Star Masters feature a cotton canvas upper, natural rubber shell toe, and vulcanized rubber sole. A classic everyday option for fans of triple black.
The Phillips Puffy Really Black/Really Black
If the Michelin Man ever crossed over to the dark side you can bet he’d be rocking these Phillips Puffys. Not just because of their look either. These shoes, in particular, feature an insulated and water-resistant WarmCore™ upper and SuperCush™ sock liner that’s soft to the touch. You’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds in this pair of Phillips, while simultaneously keeping warm and dry.
Here’s what happens when Adidas blackens the soul of one of their more popular sneaker styles. And let’s just say the result is highly eye-catching. Everything has been blacked out with this rendition, from the upper to the matching sole unit. There’s actually a small hint of red on the heel tab and the ankle padding is patterned throughout. They’re just about to be released however so if you’re interested you better keep an eye out.
Tretorn Nylite HI2
Based off their low-top Nylite, Tretorn knocked this design out of the park with a triple black high-top that’s about as murdered out as it gets. They feature a smooth leather upper, metal eyelets with a lace-up closure for a secure yet comfortable fit, a canvas lining, and footed and a durable rubber outsole so no matter where you decide to trek around you can depend on these HI2’s for years to come. Not a bad blacked-out option.
Nike Air Huarache
The Air Huarache first broke out onto the scene back in ’91, and it’s been a great ride for the brand ever since. Now, these staple track shoes return in full force in a jet-black option for those interested in the darker side of things. It pays homage to Tinker Hatfield’s ’91 original, which includes a neoprene sleeve and color-blocked heel cage. In addition, wearers will enjoy an upper with leather paneling, neoprene and elastane for enhanced comfort, Nike’s Dynamic Fit system for a snug fit and a rubber outsole with a Waffle pattern for traction and stability.
Greats The Royale High
If you’re a fan of the classic low top Royale then feast your eyes on this raised upped edition. It’s a triple black beauty with a padded collar and Great’s take on the classic high-top sneaker. It features a full-grain calfskin leather upper, plush footbed, and sewn together on a Marcom sole. And with a set of waxed cotton laces, in black of course, style will certainly be on your side.
No. 288 Mulberry High-Top Leather Trainers
Based out of New York, No. 288 works to build footwear that stays true to the classic silhouette but hosts a nuanced flair to the style. They’re a nod to the influences of the past. And by mixing new alternatives with tradition, they work to develop some unique renditions of popular styles. This pair of Mulberrys is clearly a nod to the high-top basketball shoe of decades prior but with a triple black trim that will pair well with just about anything in the wardrobe.
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
Any fans of a minimalist and clean design should look towards Common Projects for fulfillment. In fact, this design, in particular, is one of the brand’s most popular sneakers and rightly so. They’re built from black leather, gold stamped with serial numbers, and host leather linings compliment with black rubber soles. And because they’re made in Italy, expect a dust bag to come with these sleek shoes as well.
Y-3 Qasa High
What began as famed Yohji Yamamoto’s menswear collection in 1979 eventually blossomed into the world-renowned Y-3 collaboration between Yamamoto (Y) and Adidas (3 striped shoes). And based on support and street credibility, the Y-3 brand looks to only gain more recognition as the years wear on. These high tops further propel the Y-3 brand into the future, featuring a Tubular rubber outsole, suede composition, and all-around nuanced design. One of the best no doubt.