What did Jay-Z say in 2009? Oh yeah, “All Black Everything. Black Cards, Black Cars, All Black Everything.” The subject at hand today is all black sneakers. Like pure black, no design, no overlays with funky colors. All. Black. Many people underrate the concept of all-black sneakers. Hear us out, all black sneakers are both a contrast and a complement. A sick all white outfit paired with equally sick all black kicks? Contrast. Making sure you're armed with at least one pair of the best all black sneakers is a must.
A neon outfit paired with all black sneakers. Contrast. If you need something to complement but not take away from that new leather jacket you just copped? Complement. If you just picked up a black bag/backpack and you need shoes that are going to go along with it, complement. Get it?
There’s plenty of reasons why you should have at least one pair of all black sneakers in your closet, and absolutely zero excuses as to why you shouldn’t, so we’re here to help you. Below is a list of 21 different all black sneakers that we have carefully curated to help you out with your next purchase. From sneakers that you wouldn’t expect to be bangers all the way to luxury, we have got it all. While a roundup of 21 isn’t a list of every single black sneaker on the market, it’s enough to get you a good running start. Check them out and let us know what you think.
1. Palladium Off-Grid Cross WP
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A new sneaker boot just in time for the snowy winter season, Palladium has delivered yet another all black sneaker that is epic. With an upper constructed from water-repellent ballistic nylon, along with a super comfortable honeycomb midsole, the Off-Grid Cross WP is a technical lightweight go-anywhere and do-anything shoe designed for all types of action and weather. One of Palladium’s specialties are all black shoes, so definitely check out their entire site to see if there’s anything else that catches your eye. They have a wide range of potential selections.
2. DC x Reebok Batman LX 2200
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Look at us already breaking our strict all black from top to bottom rule, but if there’s anything that we should make a slight exception to, it’s definitely these. This past Friday, Reebok revealed its latest collaboration with Warner Bros., which is a full-family footwear and apparel collection inspired by iconic DC characters.
3. Kappa Logo Tasin Sneaker Mule
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Kappa also has a neat sneaker selection, and one of their products is the newly released Logo Tasin Sneaker Mule that is warm, comfy, and right on time for the holiday season. These sneaker mules have an upper that is constructed in fleece, along with a polar lining and slip-on closure. Additionally, the outsole is rubber, making them a good fit for those upcoming rainy and snowy days that are along the way with the season.
4. Nike Air Force 1 ‘07
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Give me two purrs. Get to stompin in these all-black Air Force 1 07s if you are looking for a sleek clean all black look that is tried and true. Honestly, the all black iterations of the AF1s deserve way more love than they have traditionally gotten. Yeah we know the whites are a classic, and nine times out of ten when somebody buys an Air Force 1 it’s going the standard white color. We get it. Our statement still stands. The Black AF1s deserve more love.
5. Under Armor Surge 3 Running Shoes
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You can always count on Under Armor for a solid all black sneaker. The UA Surge 3s are cushioned, comfortable, light, and breathable. The features on this bad boy include the lightweight, breathable mesh upper, enhanced cushioning around the ankle collar for superior comfort, a cushioned EVA midsole, and strategically placed rubber pods on the outsole for durability and less weight. Nice design and reasonable price as well.
6. adidas Stan Smith Shoes
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Contrary to popular belief you absolutely can wear Stan Smith shoes outside of playing tennis and pickleball. Why? Because we said so, that's why. The Stan Smith has a plethora of colorways available (31 actually), and one of those is a solid all black option that is made with leather, and has all black laces to boot. Tons of sizes are available in both men and women’s, and as you guys already know, the Stan Smith’s are yet another tried and true that dates back to 1965. That’s nearly sixty years of success right there people.
7. Vans ComfyCush Sk8-Hi Shoe
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This right here is for all of the Sk8er Boi’s and Sk8er Girls. The ComfyCush Sk8s are a reinvented iteration of the classic Sk8-Hi shoes, but with a new softer, cushioned outsole that gives the ComfyCush Sk8-Hi a first-class fit that feels like walking on a cloud. Or floating rather. Features include a newly constructed canvas and suede uppers house simplified one-piece interiors with added arch support and new moisture-wicking lining throughout designed to keep you comfortable at all times. A great deal too if you ask us.
8. Vans Skate Half Cab ‘92 GTX
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This is a newly released skate sneaker from Vans that blends the past and present together beautifully. A winterized take on one of the most influential skate shoes of all time, the Skate Half Cab features skateable Gore-Tex construction, fully revised uppers with molded heel counters, locked-in tongue straps, and a recut of the DURACAP underlays.
There’s also a two-part foxing, featuring a tougher toe knurl, ensures heightened board contact, and the redesigned gum rubber sole has been reinforced with a SickStick rubber compound and an internal heel shank to deliver additional grip, board feel, support, and durability. Very technical. Very Stylish.
9. Kizik Athens All Black Shoe
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Looking for a shoe that you can literally collapse into? There are many sneakers that boast comfort, style, and eco-friendly design, but they may not be the easiest to put on. That is where Kizik comes into play. The sneakers can be put on without ever having to touch it with your hands. Tie it once and then never untie or tie again.
A patented collapsible heel lets your foot pop into the shoe, and if you’re really talented these shoes are so easy to put on you can even jump into them or do a backflip into them. There’s plenty of sneakers to choose from on the website, with Athen’s being one of the all black options.
10. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic
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The classics, but make them black please. Who doesn’t love Converse, and who doesn’t love Chucks. There’s tons of them in tons of colors. One of those colors is black. All black. From head to toe. Created over one hundred years ago, never varying much and pretty much always staying the same. Go cop you a classic. An all black one to be exact.
11. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Low Top
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Of course we already know that people most frequently associate Converse with high tops, but they do have some dope low tops as well. This all black low top is the exact same shoe that we just listed above, but the low top version. Same features and everything.
12. New Balance Men’s 574 Core
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The 574’s. The most unlikely icon in the New Balance catalog. Built to be a reliable shoe that can do a variety of things as opposed to just being a platform for revolutionary technology, or as a premium materials showcase. The result has been unassuming, unpretentious versatility in a shoe whose primary features are a hybrid road/trail design built on a wider end than the previous generation’s narrow racing silhouettes. This is the all black version meant solely (pun intended) for you.
13. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1 Reissue
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And if you are looking for an all black New Balance sneaker that is primarily centered around comfort, look no further than the Fresh Foam Cruzv1. This ultra-comfy men’s sneaker features award-winning comfort in the form of Fresh Foam midsole technology, sophisticated engineered upper combined with synthetic midfoot saddle and a soft knit to offer support with an added layer of comfort. Super stylish as well.
14. Gucci Ace GG Embossed Sneaker
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You already know that we had to throw some luxury options into this list as well. The Gucci Ace Embossed Sneakers A new introduction of the GG motif presented within the Pre-Fall 2020 collection, these GG’s play with texture, embossing the House emblem onto a black perforated leather base. This shoe is noted for its softness and slightly shiny finish, making it one of the standout features in Gucci’s sneaker collection.
15. Saint Laurent Andy Sneaker Leather
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Saint Laurent also has a low top sneaker option that is quite nice as well. This is a low top laced sneaker with the Saint Laurent logo embossed on the side in gold. Saint Laurent is one of our favorite luxury brands, and we can definitely confirm that they are worth the investment.
16. Jimmy Choo Black Nappa Leather Low-Top Diamond Light
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Or you could rock with Jimmy Choo who has a version of their Diamond Light Nappa Leather sneakers in a black colorway that is very beautifully designed too. These also serve as trainers, so you could also wear them more comfortably.
17. Prada PRAX 01 Sneakers
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A sporty design made with Re-Nylon Gabardine, a regenerated yarn produced from recycled, purified plastic trash collected in the ocean, fishing nets, and textile waste fibers. The Prada PRAX 01 sneakers are both haute couture and eco-friendly. A perfect balance between the two actually.
18. Fendi Flow Black Nylon Low Top
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A slip-on sneaker with stretch laces, side zip and corrugated sole with engraved F on the side, the Fendi Flow Black Nylon Low Tops, are a mixture of tech fabrics and black suede. Fendi is another brand that you can always count on to deliver you the best of the best when it comes to any product they put out.
19. Dior B27 Low Tops
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Classified by Dior as an “Oblique Galaxy Leather Sneaker with Smooth Calfskin and Suede,” consider adding a Dior sneaker to your luxury collection. Additional features include: a 'CD Icon' signature tongue, lace-up closure with 'CD Icon' eyelets, technical mesh lining, a black and grey rubber sole and plenty more.
20. Reebok Shaq Attaq “LA to L.A.”
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Okay, this is another exception, but we absolutely had to include. Dropping on November 28th, this latest Shaq Attaq is a tribute to Shaquille O’Neal’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers. The OG version of this shoe was recently revived this year, and to celebrate O’Neal’s 30th anniversary with the company, this sneaker features purple and gold accents reflective of the Laker’s colors.
21. adidas by Stella McCartney SolarGlide Running Shoes
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Adidas is one of our favorite brands. Stella McCartney is one of our favorite brands. Put them both together and you have one of our favorite collaborations. One of the coolest things about Stella McCartney is their commitment to providing quality stylish products that are very much environmentally friendly. The SolarGlide Running Shoes are very much an example of that, and worth the investment.
Like we said earlier, this is just a list to get you started. Be sure to keep up with us for more style related content and articles.