With the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black” just around the corner, hypebeasts are hurriedly filling their Instagram feeds with raffle entries and praying they have enough pocket money saved in case the improbable does happen. I value my hair and have no wish to lose it through stress, so if you share the same mantra but still want to add some all-black sneaker goodness to your armoury, look no further. We’ve compiled our favourite alternatives that won’t have you stepping over your grandmother to cop. Enjoy!
adidas – Stan Smith Primeknit
In 2014, adidas pumped a shed-load of money into re-establishing the Stan Smith silhouette as a mainstream staple for casual trainer wearers. A year later, the German sports giants have decided to get all techy and give this classic a full body overhaul. Utilizing adidas’ Primeknit technology, this new release offers the more savvy shoe selector a means of wearing the Stan Smith whilst differentiating themselves from the masses. Available now from the adidas online store.
Diadora – N9000 “Triple Black”
After dropping some absolute fire collaborations with the likes of Mita and 24 Kilates, Italian retro favourites Diadora thrust themselves back into the limelight with their first inline collection in donkey’s years, with the N9000 being the jewel in the crown. This “Triple Black” iteration is the epitome of a classy runner and definitely a shoe I’ll be sliding into like your girl’s DMs. You can grab a pair from Wellgosh.
Offspring x Saucony – Shadow 6000 “Stealth”
Flying under the radar is the sumptuously sleek Shadow 6000 by Offspring. This collaborative effort has received relatively low-key press coverage, but it deserves every inch of column in our list. Composed of a plethora of materials, this all black beauty offers up a genuine treat to connoisseurs of kicks; its construction really is of the highest order. Slightly harder to cop than the other kicks in this article, head down to your local Offspring for the hook up.
Y-3 – Laver Slip On
Falling in love with this shoe is as easy as putting it on. You can get into this Y-3 number quicker than Amanda Bynes’ soiled panties. The Laver is a really difficult sneaker to pigeon hole as the upper consists of an ultra smooth suede that wouldn’t look out of place in Hugh Hefner’s wardrobe, yet the thick, chunky sole is reminiscent of a pair of Vans. Yohji definitely hit a home run with this one. Look no further than End for these bad boys.
Nike – Dunk High “Sherpa”
Ah, the Dunk. For many years it was the go-to silhouette for any Tom, Dick and Harry looking to collaborate with Nike. Well, here’s a curve ball for you, the Dunk in our trunk is straight from the Nike main line, though you’d be wrong to assume it’s accessibility is a detracting factor from it’s desirability. The “Sherpa” is definitely a style for the winter months and draws inspiration from the Eastern Nepalese people who reside in the Himalayas. These high tops are lined with faux fur, so don’t panic, you won’t have PETA on your case. Head over to Nike to purchase.
Le Coq Sportif – R900
For lovers of retro brands, conversation really starts and ends with Le Coq Sportif. Riding on the wave of revival for 80’s continental classics, Le Coq serve up a generation-bridging offering in the shape of the R900. Inspired by the timeless R1000 model, this modern update features more silicone than Kim Kardashian. The main advantage to these over Kimmy is that they’ve never contained Kanye’s pork sword (to our knowledge). That’s sneakers sorted, now all you need is sweet and sour sauce. The LCS site is the place to go for the R900
ASICS – Gel Lyte III “Pure”
The clue really is in the name with this choice. Sneakers don’t get more simplistic than the Gel Lyte III “Pure” by ASICS. A minimalist approach has been taken which lets the shape of the shoe do all the talking. An absolute stalwart of the streetwear scene, these are kicks to be worn day-in day-out. Pair with tracksuit bottoms for that council estate vibe. Grab yours from Cooshti.
Face it, you won’t win the Yeezy raffle anyway, so save your time and cop one or more of the above!