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Black sneakers will always be a staple within your wardrobe. They’re extremely versatile and can come in a variety of styles, allowing you to wear them with any outfit you want. From plain fabric styles to leather ones you can dress up — black sneakers not only provide comfort, but they’re the cherry on top of the minimalist style. While opting for all white sneakers may feel like a safer approach that you really can’t go wrong with, black sneakers can add some edge and even elevate your look. The best black sneakers for women can be the perfect way to appear a little more put together and dressed up, too.

If you’ve ever tried shopping for a pair of black sneakers, you know just how many options are available—it can take a while to browse through all of them. Whether you’re looking for walking shoes, orthopedic shoes, or every day shoes, we’ve rounded up our favorite pairs of black sneakers. Read on to find our top picks that will elevate and enhance your overall look.

The best black sneakers for women, at a glance:

Is it OK to wear black sneakers?

Absolutely! “From designer to athletic versions, black sneakers can go with almost any outfit selection,” stylist and designer Jonathan Marc Stein says. “The style of sneakers will determine what type of garments will go best with them. For example, if you are wanting to go with an edgy street-style vibe, sleek black leather sneakers with studs or cool hardware will compliment the best.” If you’re opting for a more business casual look, the simpler style may be better.

Any outfit can be completed with black sneakers, but it all really depends on how you style it. “For day-to-day errands, we love to wear an all black ‘fit: black leggings, black oversized leather jacket, a pop of a white mid-calf sock, and a black sneaker,” styling duo Danielle and Alix say.

Shop 11 pairs of the best black sneakers


black adidas sambas, one of the best black sneakers

Sizes available: 5-11

These black and white Samba’s from Adidas have been all the rave for some time now. They’re a classic pair of shoes that can go with literally anything. Wear them to run your errands, on a quick walk with your dog, or even to work with a more dressed up outfit. They’re detailed with the signature 3-stripes and gold foil details that Adidas is known for and a rubber outsole that not only walks well on all surfaces, but adds an extra stylistic edge to the shoes.

Cushioning: Lightweight

Materials: Leather, rubber outsole, suede

Pros: 

  • Made with textile lining for maximum durability and flexibility
  • Lightweight cushioning

Cons: 

  • Sell out quickly
  • May be too narrow for wider feet


converse all star platforms, one of the best black sneakers

Sizes available: 5-11 

A chunky sneaker is a versatile staple piece that you’ll love playing around with. These kicks from Converse are reminiscent of the days where everyone sported Chuck Taylors, but with a little twist. You can easily pair these shoes with a skirt and pretty top or leggings and a black hoodie. Although they have a chunky sole, they don’t feel as heavy as they look — which is ideal for long days where you’re on your feet more than you are sitting. They’re a bold choice that you’ll reach for more than you think. 

Cushioning: OrthoLite cushioning for optimal comfort

Materials: Canvas

Pros: 

  • Extremely comfy to wear
  • Easy to walk in despite the chunky sole

Cons: 

  • May run a little big


vans classic slip ons, one of the best black sneakers for women

Size available: 5-17

Celebs like Morgan Stewart McGraw have been rocking these checkered Vans with her everyday looks — from pairing it with a suit jacket and button up shirt to jeans and a black hoodie, she’s been showing off the classic shoes on all social media platforms. They will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe as you can pair them with pretty much any outfit for any occasion. You can dress it up, down, and wear them as your everyday shoe with comfort. 

Cushioning: Moderate (plus padded collars)

Materials: Canvas, rubber waffle outsoles 

Pros: 

  • Very versatile
  • Available in a wide range of sizes

Cons: 

  • May not be enough support for those with flat feet

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gola elan sneakers, one of the best black sneakers for women

Size available: 5-11

These Gola Elan Sneakers have that retro touch that instantly elevates any outfit. They have a brown rubber sole that really pulls the entire retro aesthetic together. The suede material allows you to dress up your outfit with a blouse and skirt or as an everyday shoe with jeans and a sweater or with leggings and a t-shirt or hoodie for a more casual look. While they’re undeniably cute, they’re also super comfortable to wear all day long.

Cushioning: Leather

Materials: Faux suede, leather insole, rubber sole

Pros: 

  • Provide a more elevated look than other sneakers
  • Comfortable to wear all day long

Cons: 

  • Pricier option for the style
  • May run large


hoka arahi 7, one of the best black sneakers for women

Sizes available: 5-11 (in regular and wide sizes)

Those who struggle with feet or ankle issues, a shoe with arch support is a game changer. The Arahi 7 from Hoka offers the perfect amount of balance of lightweight and comfortable cushioning and support. If you’re a runner, these shoes will provide you with the ultimate comfort while you’re running, and if you prefer a nice walk, you’ll love how effortless it feels to walk. The arch support is truly unmatched with these sneakers, and they’re so easy to wear when you’re getting a workout in or even when you’re just running errands. 

Cushioning: Ortholite sockliner, EVA footbed

Materials: Durabrasion rubber outsole, breathable mesh

Pros: 

  • Provides support and comfort with soft cushioning
  • They’re lightweight and easy to wear
  • Regular and wide options

Cons: 

  • May run narrow, if you have wider feet opt for the wide option


on cloudnovas, one of the best black sneakers for women

Sizes available: 15-11

On has a variety of sneakers that cater towards those with flat feet, but the top choice may just be the Cloudnovas. The sneaker is specifically made to support the natural rolling motion that your foot does, helping to prevent any rolled ankles or pain in the foot. They’re not just ideal for those with flat feet, they’re perfect for anyone who is always on the go and loves having a stylish yet comfortable shoe to throw on. They have a padded heel as well as an inner sock that will give you support — making you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. 

Cushioning: Soft inner sock construction

Materials: Recycled polyester, mesh

Pros: 

  • Good support for flat feet
  • Padded heel for comfort and support

Cons: 

  • May run a half size small
  • Pricier option

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new balance classics 990v6, one of the best black sneakers for women

Sizes available: 5-12 (in medium, wide, and extra wide)

Having wide feet can make finding a pair of walking shoes pretty difficult, and wearing sneakers that are too narrow and tight can make the process of going on a walk equally as difficult and painful. They are available in medium, wide, and extra wide – allowing you to find the pair that will fit your feet the best. The sneakers are comfortable and made with breathable material, perfect for walks during any time of the year. The best part about these sneakers is that you can wear them solely on walks, or you can wear them as an everyday shoe — running errands, going shopping, and anytime you need a comfortable pair of shoes you can wear with most outfits. 

Cushioning: FuelCell foam midsole cushioning

Materials: Suede, mesh, rubber outsole

Pros: 

  • Various sizes and width options
  • Comfortable cushioning

Cons: 

  • Priciest pair on this list


nike pegasus 40, one of the best black sneakers for women

Sizes available: 5-12 (in standard and extra wide)

The Nike Pegasus 40s are well-fitted sneakers that will hold your narrow feet comfortably. You don’t have to worry about feeling not secured in your shoes as you’re walking with these kicks as they’re perfect for narrow feet. Pair them with white crew socks and your favorite leggings and sweatshirt for a casual look. If you’re going on a 10 mile walk or just running to grab a cup of coffee, you’ll love how cozy and supported your feet feel in these shoes. 

Cushioning: Foam, plush

Materials: Mesh, waffle-inspired rubber outsole

Pros: 

  • Very cushioned and add a spring to your step
  • Lightweight
  • Standard sizing is good for narrow feet, with extra wide options

Cons: 

  • Narrow toe box


new balance fresh foam evoz v3, one of the best black sneakers for women

Sizes available: 5-12 (in medium and wide)

If you’re someone who loves to get their walks in each week, you know how important finding the right sneaker is. These Fresh Foam sneakers from New Balance have everything you need for comfort and wearability. They’re soft, plush, and are made with ultra-cushion material to ensure your feet and legs are feeling their best. You’ll love sporting these as you walk along the beach with a cup of coffee or as you’re meeting up with the girls for a casual brunch. 

Cushioning: Fresh Foam X

Materials: Lightweight mesh, rubber outsole

Pros: 

  • Supportive for those with flat feet or who need arch support
  • Lightweight

Cons: 

  • Narrow fit (wide feet should opt for wide sizes)

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on cloudmonster, one of the best black sneakers

Size available: 5-11

All-black sneakers can be a little intimidating, but when you get yourself these Cloudmonsters, you’ll start to style your outfits around them. They’re made with all the cushioning you could imagine, for the feeling like you’re literally walking on clouds every time you wear them. Whether you’re heading out on a walk or running to the grocery store or even grabbing lunch with a friend, you’ll start reaching for these shoes more and more. If you’re looking for a running shoe, you’ll be surprised by how effortless the motions feel. 

Cushioning: Maximalist CloudTec for thicker cushioning

Materials: Mesh lining, synthetic console

Pros: 

  • Lightweight
  • Made with a lot of cushioning for cloud-like comfort

Cons: 

  • Stiffer design, may be hard to get on and off


merrell bravada 2, one of the best black sneakers for women

Size available: 5-11 (in standard and wide)

When you’re hiking, a comfortable pair of shoes is a necessity. These hiking shoes from Merrell are not only comfortable, they’re pretty chic too. They’re made with 100% recycled laces and webbing, mesh linking, and mesh lined removable EVA insole. As you’re wearing them, you’ll notice that the heel is super cushioned to help absorb shock as you’re hiking. They’ll be able to help you get through any hike you embark on this year. 

Cushioning: Mesh lined insole, Merrell Air Cushion

Materials: 100% recycled mesh lining, rubber sole

Pros: 

  • Made with mountain-grade Quantum Grip rubber outsole for a worry-free hike
  • Made from 100% recycled mesh lining

Cons: 

  • Some folks say they’re hard to get on

What black sneakers are the most popular?

With so many variations of black sneakers for women, it can be hard to determine which sneaker is the one everyone is eyeing. The truth is, you have to go with your individual taste and style. “Differing with each consumer’s taste, black sneakers can come in almost any shape, style, or format,” Stein says. “When it comes to my personal opinion, sleek black leather sneakers with a unique silhouette is my go to when choosing. Usually adorned with silver or gold hardware, studs, and zippers.” These are very versatile options that you can pair with many different outfit styles.

Danielle and Alix believe Nike Air Forces ($115) will forever be in style because of how cool they are. Plus, they are perfect for those who love a good streetwear look. “We would style them with white socks, a sheer skirt, vintage tee, and a leather jacket,” they explain. “We love to mix masculine and feminine pieces to make a really dynamic and interesting outfit.”

How do you make black sneakers look good?

“Making black sneakers look good is one of the easiest style choices that you can decide on,” Stein explains. “If they are clean and in good shape, that is the best first step. Next, if you decide on a metal to accessorize with, ensure that the metals compliment one another.” He adds that gold jewelry usually looks best with other gold accessories and hardware to match, but there are cases when mixing metals can really enhance your overall aesthetic.

When styling black sneakers, it’s all about balancing the look out with some more feminine and lighter pieces to make it feel less intense and more cohesive. “Black sneakers are also great for everyday wear as they won’t get as dirty as a white pair and can be styled with any workout wear,” Danielle and Alix explain. “The key is styling with great mid-calf socks, scrunched down!”

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