Where To Shop: Our Top 10 Killer Black Sneakers For Dark Soles
Like thieves in the night, these black beauties will steal your heart.
Black: the most enduringly stylish non-color out there. Like your 15-year-old Nokia dumb phone, the darkest hue will never fail you: never failing to go with absolutely anything, and conceal all manner of grubby sins. But far from just a staple shade, black represents power, strength and mystery – and speaks for the remnants of the goth and emo selves that still reside deep within us. In short, black is totally badass – but we guess you really didn't need any convincing. Sneaker heads, step over to the dark side; prepare to be magnetized. We've put together our top-ten edit of the best black sneaks around.
Nike WMNS Internationalist SE (Black)
Released in 1981, the Internationalist is a sleek and simple retro runner with a leather and textile upper, classic side swoosh and contrasting Nike branding at the heel. It also bears some style similarity to the classic Nike Air Vortex, with an arguably more luxe feel.
Shop it here for $113.
New Balance WL520MR (Black)
The New Balance 520 was designed against the backdrop of Ireland's green meadows, breathtaking cliffs and beautiful ocean, all the way back in the late '70s. The result was just as picturesque: a robust, streamlined sneaker that's stood the test of time. The revived shoe features a high-quality suede upper with contrast branded details, airy mesh and a comfy sole.
Shop it here for $113.
adidas EQT Racing ADV W (Black)
Classic meets futuristic: The EQT Racing ADV borrows a technical look from the '90s Equipment series, mixing modern materials with a retro runner style. The streamlined upper is constructed in a stretch knit with a snug, Racing 93 archive-inspired lacing system. True to the original design, the upper triple stripes merge with the molded triple stripes on the midsole.
Shop it here for $154.
Nike Air Force 1 '07 Seasonal Sneakers
You can't go wrong with the Air Force 1: an enduring classic sneaker that's almost inseparable from American hip-hop culture and the customization scene. It was also the first basketball shoe to house Nike Air, revolutionizing the game. The springy shoe features an allover leather upper with perforations at the toe and a high-traction rubber outsole.
Shop it here for $118.
Nike Air Max 97 Premium (Black/White)
With the 20th anniversary of the anthropomorphic sneaker this year, the Air Max 97 is having a huge moment, with tons of new colorways recently released. But despite having a 97 hue for every day of the week in our collection, we'll always go back to the iconic black.
Shop it here for $201.
adidas NMD Citysock 1 Primeknit (Black)
This futuristic laceless shoe combines a woven Primeknit with Boost cushioning. We love the technical feel of the asymmetrical allover two-tone pattern on the upper, and the statement pull tab, reminding everyone that this is indeed “the brand with the 3-stripe.”
Shop it here.
Nike Air Huarache (Black/Black)
It doesn't get any more fierce than this. This pitch-black Nike Air Huarache is the iconic Nike sneaker without the swoosh. The forward-thinking design has been around since 1991, changing the face of running footwear forever. The breathable shoe features a suede and synthetic upper and comfortable Air-Sole cushioning. And check out that super-cool contrasting white branding on the tongue.
Shop it here for $143.
adidas NMD CS 2 PK (Black/White)
A lower-rise NMD iteration, this super-minimal sock-like Primeknit shoe features white and pink accents – for when you want just a little bit of added color to set off your runners. Boost technology and the branded pull-tab make for easy and comfy wear.
Shop it here for $212.
adidas Originals by ALEXANDER WANG Skate Mid (Black)
Part of Alexander Wang's second season for adidas Originals, the designer updates the Skate Mid in a sleek silhouette with a tricolor herringbone sole. The suede upper boasts a flat lacing system and the upside-down trefoil that's become synonymous with the collaboration.
Shop it here for $235.
adidas Superstar BW3S Slip W (Core Black/Core Black/ OffWhite)
adidas reissues its iconic Superstar as a fashionable slip-on, featuring a high-quality leather upper with a large “the brand with the 3-stripes” graphic on a woven ribbon. The classic shell toe and outer herringbone profile round off the look.
Shop it here for $118.
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