The 15 Best Black Sneakers to Live In for 2023

Effortlessly cool and easy to style.

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 KOIO. 

The Best Black Sneakers

Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.