14 black trainers to add to your forever wardrobe

Meet the black kicks to buy now and love forever. 

Going back to basics when it comes to everyday outfits is more appealing – and more on trend – than ever. A capsule wardrobe is what we all strive for, and it makes getting dressed with minimal effort possible. Whether your go-to pieces are jeans and an oversized shirt, wide-leg trousers and a comfy knit, soft tailoring or a versatile printed dress, there’s no daytime aesthetic that trainers don’t work with. 

When wet weather isn’t dominating our footwear choices, trainers are the failsafe choice. The only difficult decision is which pair of kicks to choose. And we’re here to make it easier. Whether you opt for a minimal sustainable style, a casual chunky canvas or suede style, a retro hi-top, a high-fashion choice like a Loewe flow runner or an on-trend Adidas or New Balance style, we’re here to make that choice a little bit simpler.

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Converse Chucks are a great place to start if you’re unsure about all-black trainers. The white sole and laces make the monochrome style easy to incorporate into any outfit – from tailored trousers to jeans and dresses. Similarly, the original Adidas Samba is back – and with a neat shape and versatile vibe, it’s easy to see why. 

If fashion kicks are your thing Eytys has chunky, thick tread pairs perfect for summer, New Balance 530s will work with your summer tailoring and the Loewe flow runner has proven to be a great investment for many. 

Keep going to see the rest of the black trainers we’re championing. 

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  • Adidas samba

    Best black trainers: adidas samba

    A neat, easy, effortless trainer, the Samba is back in every colour you can imagine but we love black, especially when worn with dark tailoring.

    Shop adidas samba trainers, £90

  • New Balance 530

    Best black trainers: New Balance 530

    The white New Balance 530 is arguably the most popular trainer right now, and as the perfect blend of sporty, masculine and fashion, it’s easy to see why. We love the black version for a slightly less mainstream option.  

    Shop New Balance 530 trainers at Schuh, £95


    • Loewe Flow Runner trainers

      Best black trainers: Loewe flow runner

      A firm fashion-editor favourite, these incredibly handsome trainers do come with a price tag to match; however, if you’re in the market for making an investment and want a style that is on-trend but not too of-the-moment and will go with everything you own from slubby sweats to suits, structured summer separates to evening dresses, then the Flow Runners are for you.

      Shop Loewe flow runner trainers at Selfridges, £550

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    • Comme des Garçons Play x Converse trainers

      Best black trainers: Comme Des Garçons Play x Converse

      A cult classic, these iconic trainers will be loved for a lifetime. Clean the rubber sole much like you would white trainers and you’ll be able to make them go the distance in your wardrobe. 

      Shop Commes Des Garçons Play x Converse Chuck 70 high sneakers at Selfridges, £140

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    • Veja Venturi trainers

      Best black trainers: Veja venturi

      Sustainable trainers are done better by no one – thanks to sustainable production methods and eco-friendly innovation. But Veja trainers don’t just do good, they look great too. Wear this hiking-meets-sporty style with wide-leg trousers and an oversized shirt.

      Shop Veja venturi grafite moonrock, £160

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    • Axel Arigato trainers

      Best black trainers: Axel Arigato

      You can always rely on Axel Arigato to create sleek, minimal and wearable trainer styles. Easily teamed with anything in your existing wardrobe, this black leather pair is as reliable as it is stylish. 

      Shop Axel Arigato clean 90 leather trainers at Flannels, £200

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    • Veja SDU trainers

      Best black trainers: Veja black trainers

      A chic and timeless trainer, these black Veja’s will look great with classic jean styles, soft tailoring and black or printed summer maxi dresses.

      Shop Veja black trainers at La Redoute, £115

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    • Eytys Odessa trainers

      Best black trainers: Eytys

      For chunky trainer fans, look no further than Eytys. This thick tread pair will give your stomper boots a well-earned break. 

      Shop Odessa trainers at Eytys, £180

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    • Vans trainers

      Best black trainers: Vans

      For a hit of nostalgia, opt for these Vans lace-ups, which are similar to those classic pairs from the 00s. The ‘Old Skool’ trainers are also available in an array of different colours to choose from. 

      Shop Vans Old Skool trainers at Schuh, £65

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    • New Balance trainers

      Best black trainers: New Balance

      New Balance kicks are as comfortable as they are cool. The retro sporty edge is what makes this pair go so well with a trusty jeans and T-shirt outfit. 

      Shop New Balance 327 trainers, £110

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    • Balenciaga trainers

      Best black trainers: Balenciaga

      The Triple S trainers have gained a whole host of fans on the fashion scene. They’re a splurge, but they are surprisingly versatile. 

      Shop Balenciaga Triple S trainers at Mytheresa, £785

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    • Vans trainers

      Vans Comfycush Sk8-Hi trainers

      Give high-top trainers a go with the Vans SK8-Hi style. Whether you wear with a midi dress, add them to loose-fit jeans or style with high-waisted trousers, they’ll be in style for years to come. 

      Shop SK8-Hi shoes at Vans, £85

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    • Puma Mayze stack suede trainers

      Best black trainers: Puma mayze stack

      Perfect for festival season but surprisingly easy to wear for every day too, Puma’s Mayze sneakers are a great spring investment.

      Shop Puma mayze at Schuh, £100

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    • Schuh madison platform

      Best black trainers: Schuh madison platform trainers

      If you’re a minimalism lover with a classic wardrobe of staples, the Schuh madison trainer is for you. Wear it with everything from straight-leg jeans to simple mini-shirts and T-shirts.

      Shop Schuh madison platform trainers, £32

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