Well well well. Looking for the best black shoes for men, huh? Imagine that: us too. But in doing so, we encountered a strange phenomenon: almost every permutation of “black men’s shoes” that we Googled produced this strange hodgepodge of overly casual shoes, a diverse mix of simplified running shoes, hardcore workout shoes, and chunky athletic shoes like Nike, Adidas, and Converse.

Certainly, these shoes have their time and place. (And that time and place is at the gym, sweating it out during your final set in the squat rack.) But that’s not what you’re looking for. If you’re here, you’re looking for surefire shoe options that fall between oxfords and basketball shoes that won’t leave you after a night out. So if your search engine has been hiding all the good stuff so far, don’t worry. (And definitively don’t switch to Bing.) All the answers you need are right here, in these 25 flawless stompers in the dark – that’s right, the best black shoes for men – this will make the off-brand chukkas you were staring at before look downright squeaky in comparison.

None of these are as dressy as the wingtips, but they’re still light years ahead of the performance-enhancing schlock that other outlets would have you considering. Do you have a crisp white t-shirt, a simple gold chain and baggy black pants? Add one (and maybe a long, dark topcoat) to the equation and you’ve got the perfect winter cut, too. And next time you’re in a Google-related pickle, head straight to GQ Recommends. We always feel lucky.

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