The Case for All-Black Sneakers

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Summer is the season for bright white shoes, but that fresh-from-the-box look is quick to fade as soon as you step out onto the asphalt. Instead, slide over to the dark side with a pair of these sleek, all-black sneakers for Jack Purcell and Atelier Ace. They'll help mask the dirt and grime of the city, and will somehow look even better once you wear them in.

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For years, the black sneaker has been a go-to for athletic shoe companies like Nike and Adidas, but the look is no longer relegated to the basketball court. The new Jack Purcell collection from Converse is an upgrade on their signature low-top, complete with tortoise eyelets, a punched leather upper, and a fresh cork footbed for added comfort.

Along a similar line, Atelier Ace, the creative arm of the Ace Hotel Group, collaborated with Vans this year to make an exclusive all-black leather-and-canvas variation on the famous Era skater shoe. The result has a sophisticated edge that looks right at home in the L.A. milieu.

Beyond a longer shelf life, these sneakers instantly dress up your ensemble without sacrificing any comfort. They're an easy way to look laid-back and grown-up at the same time.

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