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9 Black Sneakers For Men That Are Anything But Basic

For when you can’t be bothered to clean your white ones
by Chandra Pepino | Mar 20, 2018
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White sneakers are lovely, but they’re a bitch to clean and keep white—which is why black sneakers are an easy choice for the low-maintenance guy. No need for complicated baking soda solutions or expensive sneaker-cleaning services; just grab some white toothpaste for the rubber sides and soles and you’re good to go. Plus, black goes with most colors, classes up a casual look, and is easy on the eyes. Here are a few foolproof options to jumpstart your collection.

adidas NMD_XR1dr

The NMD_XR1 has never proclaimed itself to be a running shoe—what it isn’t afraid to say, though, is that its trademarked Boost cushioning technology will give back the same energy that you give it. If that’s the closest we can get to a Black Panther suit, then by God, we’ll take it.

Vans Old Skool

Cringe-worthy stylized spelling aside, the Vans Old Skool remains a classic for a reason: it’s deceptively casual, but it’s so versatile that it wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb when paired with a sharp suit. They come in all sorts of colors now, like pastel yellow and millennial pink, but the OG black will always be our first option.

Puma Roma Suede

The Puma Roma is kind of like the Greenwich of popular sneakers—not as popular as Jollibee or McDonald’s, yes, but pretty damn good when you want something different for once. The suede material might totally invalidate our black-sneakers-are-low-maintenance argument, so save this pair for those days when you’re not commuting.

Converse Chuck Taylors

We know 17-year-olds wear these things, but the beauty of Chuck Taylors are they look fantastic on every age and gender. They’re the great unifier. The common denominator. And you can allow them to age—the more broken-in and worn they become, the cooler they look.

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