The Search for the Best Black Sneakers

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I got it in my head I wanted all black sneakers to replace my black and white ones. I saw them on someone in super rad athletic wear and I wanted to copy. So the search began for the best pair…

I do Barre3 3-4x a week right now so I’m in my workout clothes a lot more than I used to be. We don’t wear shoes for the workout but of course I want to look good and be comfy to-and-from the studio and when I’m running errands.  My criteria was just that they be a cool sneaker with mostly all black details, but a pair that were a smart buy and not just a fashion sneaker. I wanted them to do double duty as comfy walking shoes, too, so I stuck with running shoes.

Nike Downshifter 7


black nike sneakersNike Downshifter 7 – These were a solid pair and the heel was super comfy/cushioned, but I didn’t like the shape of these on my feet. I’m not sure why but I’m kinda over the long toe-box shape on running shoes these days. I’m sure they’re probably great for actually running or something, but since I don’t do that… These did fit true to size. The sole isn’t super cushioned but they were still overall comfortable. Great price point, too.

New Balance Classics WL410


New Balance Classics WL410 – I liked these ok, but felt the overall profile was too small to be very flattering. They were comfortable but ran a little bit small. I would size up if you plan to wear socks with them or run in these.

Nike Free RN 2017

black nikes womenNike Free RN 2017 – I really liked these for an all-black pair. The Nike Free are some of the lightest/comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned (I have another pair) They aren’t heavily cushioned though if you’re looking for that kind of comfort, but they feel like you’re barely wearing anything. I like the toe shape on this pair better than the other Nikes. They were a pretty close second to my favorites. Fit true to size, unless you plan to run then you might size up.

New Balance Classics WL574

black new balance sneakers women

New Balance Classics WL574 – These are the pretty classic fit NB with updated details and they were definitely my favorites. I didn’t think I wanted any white on the sole, but these have just enough to be interesting without looking like platforms or what I lovingly refer to as marshmallow feet. The copper is insanely good and the laces add a little more interest, too. They’re true to size unless you plan to wear thick socks or run in them, then I’d size up for a little more length. I guess I should just start a collection of copper NB because I already own these. Oh boy.

Outfit Details

Tee – (similar) Brisas Acid Wash T-shirt
LeggingsAlo Yoga High Waisted Airbrush Leggings – These are amazing. They’re nice and substantial and will be great for fall (a little warm right now but I was so excited to wear them) They fit true to size. Wearing a Small.

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What’s your favorite sneaker style? Any good finds for fall? Also, does anyone have a favorite no-show sock? I’m always on the hunt for a good pair that actually stays on in my shoes without sliding down. I’m counting down until the cool weather returns!

xo

L

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15 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Rafter on

    I’m all-the-heart-eyes over the copper, and black and copper, New Balance!! So cool. I have become a recent Convert to Adidas, though. I’m a nurse and I don’t like Danskos (I wore them as a chef in my previous career and didn’t like them then, either. Weird, I know) so I wear sneakers to work. Where I stand/walk/run for no less than 12 hours at a time. Comfortable sneakers are my jam. I swore by Nike Shox or Reax for the comfort level. Until I tried Adidas Ultra Boost! The Shox are kind of stiff and very structured (I don’t love how they look, but I was willing to deal with that because of the comfort). The Adidas are just as comfortable but the actual shoe is almost sock-like. They are, hands down, the best sneaker I have ever worn. They’re pricey, though. The pair I have (which are super cute blue and white floral print with pink details) are from an Adidas outlet store and I paid $45 for them. Definitely worth shopping around for a sale! I’ve provided a link to a super expensive all black pair. Also, Vans has a no show sock that is awesome. I also wear those with my sneakers to work and I rarely, if ever, have to adjust my socks in a 12 hour shift! That’s pretty impressive!

    https://andyskicks.com/products/adidas-ultra-boost-3-0-triple-black?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=36718001091

    • Love those Adidas…they look great and super comfy. I will check out Vans socks, too. Now that you mention it someone else told me to check them out a while ago. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Laura! Those New Balances are fantastic– do you think they would fit a wide foot? (I can do the Adidas Stan Smiths no problem.)

  3. I love 574’s too!!! My fave no show socks are from madewell. They have the sticky things at the heel and they’re the best!!!!

  4. Christine Caspary on

    I buy Vans no show socks from Amazon, in black. They’re not perfect but they’re the best I’ve found!

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