While we still love our picks for white leather sneakers, you gotta have a pair of murdered out black sneakers for the full-on synchronization of your non-color outfit. We only pick premium, high quality, mostly black sneakers to showcase on this list. This means no white midsole or any leak of non-black colors (but we looked passed the inner linings). While you’ll find many repeats of our white list, it’s a sign that we are confident of our choices on both our lists.
We are big fans of Uncrate’s collaborations because they are mostly murdered out in matte, understated black, just the way we like it. These American-made sneakers from Rancourt & Co are different from the rest of the sneakers in the list because of the unique texture made from American bison hide. Matched that with premium parts like the Vibram Strighton sole and Horween casco horsehide lining and only create an extremely limited amount of 100 pairs total, you’d be a fool not to grab yours quick.
Given the budget-friendly price of the Kent Wang hand grade sneakers, the leather or the hype factor is certainly not as high up there as say, Common Projects. But, it’s precisely that reason that makes this such a strong contender. Not many of us want to thrash our $400 sneakers daily, so sneakers at this price range lets us savor the Common Projects for important occasions.
Another worthy budget option does not mean that this is any less clean than the $400 and above range of sneakers. We dig the totally black colorway, including the insides of the shoes. You also won’t find branding anywhere on the shoes.
These are a solid choice with solid materials like durable rubber soles, vachetta leather lining, high SPI and uppers made from full grain Argentinian leather. Versatile, cost-effective and deadly. One thing was that we wished the lining on this one was “all black” too.
These black sneakers from Acne Studios are classic and low profile in design, but the shine makes it look almost like patented leather and will make your shoes the star of your outfit. These carry over tennis shoes are crafted in calf leather and comes with stitched on rubber soles.
The top pick of our white sneaker list, we can’t do without our favorite cult brand sneaker. Common Projects has mastered the leather sneaker in all forms, colors and cuts. You won’t look back once you get a pair.
These are a few options that didn’t quite make it into our list because they possess details that don’t make them quite as minimalist as they have to be. It also certainly looks like it’s much harder to get black sneakers “just right” compared to white ones, but we will list them for those who could be interested.