There are few items of clothing or footwear considered more staple than a pair of all black trainers.
The dark monochromatic hued shoe will make a sleek, sophisticated and suave addition to your ever-growing sneaker collection that can elevate even the most basic of ensembles.
From a sportier vibe to formal wear, you can wear them with just about anything. Pair with a laid back t-shirt, slim dark-hued chinos, and a bomber jacket for an easy day time win or dress it up with a patterned shirt for a dressier affair. Take a leaf out of Kanye West’s closet and layer the colour with all black from head to toe.
Unlike their white trainer counterparts, the black on black on black colourway means that you need not worry about light trainer related woes like scuffs or dirt. You can throw on a pair of black trainers to take you from day to night, disguising any sneaker sins.
Every label has its own unique take on the black trainer trend – whether you look to the high street at Nike and Adidas, or high end with the likes of Common Projects. Brands take their iconic styles and silhouettes (chunky dad trainers included) and have given them an all-black twist.
Nike React Element 55
Nike’s latest React Element 55 series sneakers has an ever-growing array of colourways but we are a big fan of this all black iteration for a sleek and subtle approach to the star shoe. The trainer mix and matches design elements from heritage silhouettes set on the React foam cushioning sole.
£114.95 | Nike | Buy it now
Yung 1 Shoes
It didn’t take long for Adidas’ Yung 1 silhouette to become a cult favourite. Originally dropped with brightly coloured detailing, you can also cop the model in a monochromatic all black. The style harks back to the 90s with a nostalgic Falcon Dorf-inspired silhouette with a mix of mesh and nubuck to create a layered look.
£89.95 | Adidas | Buy it now
Converse high-top 70s x play Comme Des Garcons trainers
Trainer styles may come and go but the Comme Des Garcons x Converse collaboration is the gift that keeps on giving. The playful style is a constant bestseller with hi and low top variations as well as options with a polka dot print and available in both white and black. It doesn’t get much more classic that this model that has a subtle nod to CDG’s signature heart logo.
£115 | Selfridges | Buy it now
AllSaints Base leather low-top trainers
This sophisticated trainer from AllSaints is one of those versatile models that you could wear at any occasion – wedding, work or down the pub. They are composed of a soft leather with a lightly scuffed finished that will disguise future wear.
£60.80 | Selfridges | Buy it now *On sale, was £128
Classics Workout Plus
Bring a retro touch to your trainer collection with these options from Reebok that brings the brand’s iconic model back on the agenda. The Workout Plus has a minimalistic design with the signature H-strap and promises all day comfort.
£69.95 | Reebok | Buy it now
Fila Disruptor 3
For the street-style set—Fila's Disruptor 3 is the update of the now iconic trainer featuring a new lacing system with reinforced gillies construction and the same unmistakeable sawtooth bottom.
The Disruptor is one of the most recognisable silhouettes in footwear in the past decade and this monochrome iteration is one of our favourites.
£80 | Fila | Buy it now
Veja Esplar Trainers
Sustainable label Veja will ensure you shop smart without sacrificing on style. The brand uses ethical practices at every stage, using organic and recyclable materials. The black Esplar trainers have a sturdy leather upper with a white logo detail and rubber sole.
£89.99 | Offspring | Buy it now
ComfyCush Sk8-Hi Shoes
Vans has taken its most popular styles – including these legendary high tops – and reinvented them with a super comfortable and supportive sole. The ComfyCush is designed to make you feel like you are walking on a cloud using a construction of foam and rubber.
£75 | Vans | Buy it now
Hi-Tec Silver Shadow trainers
You may best remember Hi-Tec from your childhood but the trainer brand is back in a big way with a whole host of stylish silhouettes like the Silver Shadow that features the label’s innovative Rolling Gait System that supports the natural movement of your feet for ultimate comfort. The chunky sole will also add a subtle extra few inches of height, too.
£90 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now *On sale, was £165
Champion Pro trainers in black
Streetwear extraordinare Champion encourages you to (literally) step up your street style game with these sneakers. They feature a chunky sole with grip, midsole cushion, and a heel cage for improved support and stability that ensure you are getting the best of both worlds in terms of style and performance.
£63 | ASOS | Buy it now
Nike Air Force 1 '07
The power of the Air Force 1 ’07 model shows no signs of wavering. The silhouette is a surefire staple shoe that every sneakerhead should have in their collection. Whether you are heading to a festival or looking for an everyday option, the iconic shoe is as versatile as it gets, towing the line between classic and fashion-forward.
£79.95 | Nike | Buy it now
Bershka chunky sole trainer
Get the chunky shoe look for less at Bershka who offer this faux leather and mesh variation. The shoes have a moulded treat and padded construction for that extra element of grip and comfort respectively.
£39.99 | ASOS | Buy it now
Common Projects Original Achilles Low
For a quality shoe for all and any occasion, you really can’t go wrong with the iconic Achilles silhouette from Common Projects. Handmade and crafted from Italian leather, they will make a sleek and sophisticated addition to your look.
£315 | Goodhood | Buy it now
We are firm believers that sometimes, the chunkier the better and in that vein, may be introduce you to Cat Footwear’s take on the trend. Taken from the label’s archives and reformed, the Intruder may just be that hybrid shoe you have been searching for to bring you from hiking in the mountains to winning at street style.
£85 | Cat Footwear | Buy it now
Mizuno Wave Rider 1 Tech
The reconfiguration of Mizuno’s 1998 silhouette, the Wave Rider 1 has come at the perfect time as our love for retro 90s models keeps on growing. The chunky silhouette has a combination of mesh and leather with a supportive rubber outsole.
£129 | End Clothing | Buy it now
Un Costa Lace
Effortlessly stylish, nail that casual chic look with this set of simple and sleek footwear from Clarks. The shoes are comprised from a minimalistic black leather upper with a shock-absorbing sole for added comfort.
£79 | Clarks | Buy it now