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.