In a year that has undoubtedly streamlined my style to focus on timeless basics that work for nearly every occasion, black sneakers have made it into my top five wardrobe must-haves. Yes, they're right up there with my classic white T-shirts and vintage-inspired denim. Don't get me wrong. I love a sneaker trend, too—especially when the number of styles out there is virtually endless. That said, when I need comfortable shoes to slip on at a moment's notice, tried-and-true black sneakers are it for me.
Whether it's a simple pair of lace-ups with my go-to fashion uniform, buzzy Adidas Sambas, or a space-age slip-on pair for my athleisure looks, you can catch me wearing the pairs below on any given day. But even with my mental Rolodex of looks, I get a bit of sartorial fatigue. So while searching for new ensembles to add to the catalog, I zeroed in on the 20 best black sneakers the internet can offer right now.
Keep scrolling to see them all with additional outfit inspiration to get your wheels turning.
Style Notes: If you plan to wear a simple all-black look, give your ensemble a cool and casual touch with classic black Converse sneakers.
Style Notes: White sneakers might be your first instinct when creating an athleisure look, but take Bella Hadid's outfit as proof that black sneakers can be just as cool for the gym. Double down on the color contrast by layering black and white tanks for a '90s spin.
Style Notes: Black sneakers work just as well as white sneakers when paired with jeans and a tee for a casual look. This is your sign not to overlook the black versions of the season's It pairs.
Style Notes: We love the idea of wearing black tonal sneakers with a sleek daytime ensemble that could easily be worn at night, too.
Style Notes: One of the easiest ways to wear tailored trousers in a more casual way is by pairing them with simple black sneakers.
Style Notes: One unique and unexpected ensemble? The combination of bright colors like purple and orange. An of-the-moment pair of Sambas won't hurt, either.
Style Notes: If you want to give your ultra-polished look a touch of downtown edge, swap out your shoes for some sporty slip-on sneakers instead.
Style Notes: Let's be honest; our summer uniform is jeans with a white tank. A pair of retro black sneakers is just the hint of trendiness this look needs.