When you think of minimalist fashion, the color white is most often what comes to mind—white sneakers, white T-shirts, and occasionally, nude-toned pieces that serve a similar purpose as their achromatic cousins. However, if you ask us, white’s spectral opposite deserves as much credit for its contribution to the minimalist movement.TOP STORY: This Is How Short You Should Be Cutting Your Bangs, According to a Korean Hairstylist
Black, despite its endless versatility, often gets boxed into a certain category—edgy, goth, grunge, you get the gist—but when styled properly, this darkest of all tones can be as modern, pristine, and fresh as its counterpart. There’s a reason that the saying goes this or that "is the new black." Like the immortal, indispensable denim, black never goes out of style. Let the sleek sneakers listed down below be proof. They’re all available online, so you can start stocking up ASAP.
Check out these sleek black pairs that you can shop online:
Nizza Trefoil Shoes (P3,300) from Adidas
Adidas takes on the old-school skateboard sneaker with these laid-back lace-ups that channel casual '70s style. The pair features a predominantly black exterior with white details on a no-frills silhouette that would match all your outfits. It’s available in all-white, too!
NikeCourt Vintage Sneakers (P2,895) from Nike
The NikeCourt Vintage sneakers embody classic '80s-era tennis shoes with a sleek, leather upper and a thick, flat sole. The glossy black exterior is punctuated by the frosty white rubber underneath as well as the ivory details on the heel and tongue. They’re as wearable as any regular pair of black sneakers, but a touch more dressed up—perfect to wear with both daytime and nighttime ensembles.
Henrika Leather Sneakers (P26,450) from Bally
These casual slip-ons from Bally are the perfect go-to shoe for when you need to look put-together, but still want to be comfy. The pair sports a leather upper and off-white sole as well as a striped side panel that gives the shoe more character while maintaining its minimalist and versatile aesthetic.
Nylite Sneakers in Black (P3,790) from Tretorn
'80s and '90s kids, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with Tretorn’s decades-old Nylite sneaker. While the canvas kicks are probably best remembered for their predominantly white exterior featuring a hint of color (most notably green) on the outer logo, did you know you could also get the sneakers in a stylish black shade? The dark colorway gives the preppy pair a more modern, streetwear-ready look.
Jack Purcell Sneakers in Black (P3,499) from Converse
We don’t know what it is about the black rubber that frames the toe cap on Converse's Jack Purcell sneakers, but that subtle detail somehow makes the pair twice as stylish and instantly recognizable. The slim silhouette, white rubber sole, and canvas upper are Converse signatures, but the black-framed toe cap gives the classic sneaker a fresh, contemporary revival.
574 Classic in Black (P3,995) from New Balance
The 574 is one of New Balance’s most popular sneakers and this leather, all-black iteration of the '80s running shoe transforms the pair from casual sneaker to special-occasion footwear. Though the sleek, monochromatic design looks more dressed up than the shoe’s countless other colorways, the pair maintains NB’s laid-back, old school hip-hop feel.
Sportstyle Core Court Pure Shoes (P3,995) from Puma
If you’re looking for black sneakers with zero bells and whistles, this pristine pair from Puma would be right up your alley. The minimalist silhouette lets the polished leather upper take center stage, resulting in a versatile shoe fit for all styles and seasons.
Nova Canvas Sneakers (P5,600) from Veja
French footwear brand Veja is known for its sustainably produced sneakers, which are made of organic cotton, vegetable-tanned leather, and recycled plastic bottles among other eco-friendly materials sourced directly from farmers and local communities in Brazil. If you’re looking to be more conscious about your wardrobe choices (and in particular, your sneaker obsession), this casual pair would be a great pick.
Cotton Canvas High Cut Sneakers (P1,490) from Uniqlo
As you might expect from any piece designed by Japanese retail giant Uniqlo, these high-top sneakers are as wearable and fuss-free as it gets with a simple lace-up design and canvas exterior that would match any OOTD. Best part? They’re only P1,490!
The Low Top in Obsidian (P6,850) from AVG Supply
These black leather sneakers from local brand AVG Supply could easily become your new go-to thanks to the pair’s minimalist design and clean-cut silhouette, which would look stylish and modern for years to come. The shoe is decked out in pure black from tip to toe—perfect if you’d rather avoid any hard-to-clean white details on your footwear.
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