Black Sneakers Are the Underrated Hero of My Closet

Our favorite options from brands like Vans, Converse, and more.

Influencer Maria Barteczko wearing black sneakers by Converse during a street style shooting on July 15, 2022 in Berlin, Germany
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While I'm by no means a sneakerhead, I do boast an extensive sneaker collection. And while I love shopping for the trendiest sneakers of 2023, I also have a penchant for shopping for the best, wear-everywhere sneakers that don't fall under any single trend—which is why I tend to keep a pair of black sneakers in my wardrobe at all times. They're the little black dresses of my sneaker collection. 

Let's be clear: I'm shopping for black sneakers this summer because I've already found all my favorite white sneakers, which I wear on a near-constant basis. I've also discussed at length the best slip-on sneakers and best chunky sneakers that the fashion crowd can't get enough of right now. But, despite my best efforts to expand beyond my monochromatic footwear comfort zone, I keep returning to black sneakers as a failsafe option when I'm running out the door. 

And I'm not alone: Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have been spotted in matching pairs of black Adidas Samba sneakers over the last few months. The sleek silhouette, available in black and white, has been near-constantly sold out ever since, proving that even fashion's most elite insiders are opting for something different for the new year. Ahead, I've rounded up the best black sneakers for you to shop right now from classic brands like Nike, Vans, and New Balance, plus a few designer options from Maison Margiela, VINCE, and Cariuma.  

Deals on Black Sneakers

Maison Margiela Black Leather Tabi Low-Top Sneakers, $600

Maison Margiela Black Leather Tabi Low-Top Sneakers, $600 $260 at SSENSE 

These cult-favorite leather Tabi sneakers from Maison Margiela are on sale for more than half-off right now. Almost every size is still in stock, but act fast—I doubt this will last for long. 

The Best Black Sneakers