The Best Black Jeans for Men Are the Next Step in Your Denim Journey

There's no denying the range that blue jeans offer. Any situation, any style—they can do it all. They're the Denzel of pants. But the best black jeans for men can do just about anything blue jeans can do—and sometimes even better. Classic American straight-leg jeans, workwear-inspired Japanese selvedge denim, trendy printed joints—all of the best men's jeans look absolutely stellar when you turn on dark mode. Whether your wardrobe skews punk rock or preppy, minimalist or maximalist, the right pair of black jeans are the perfect foundation for building big fits.

The Best Black Jeans Shopping Guide

But what are the right black jeans for you? Are they pitch black and pressed, or washed and thrashed? Are they slim-cut or wide-leg? Crisp and light or heavy and fuzzy? For such a simple garment, there are more spins on black denim out there than there are flavors at Baskin-Robbins. So we did the hard work for you and rounded up all of the ones that matter—the very best black jeans for men to buy right now.

The Best Pound-for-Pound Black Jeans

501 Original fit jean

$80.00, Amazon

There's no beating the Levi's 501. Not in indigo, not in white, and definitely not in black. It's the blueprint for the entire denim universe as we know it—a trendproof, universally flattering standard bearer—thanks to its perfect mid-rise and classic straight-leg silhouette.

The Best Dressy Black Jeans

Classic cut jeans

$100.00, Uniqlo

Looking for a dressier pair of jeans that can hang on a dinner date? Uniqlo's team-up with Helmut Lang has you covered. The collaboration revives the Austrian label's infamous jeans from the '90s with their streamlined straight fit and minimalist aesthetic. The denim is as black as night, the branding and hardware are as minimal as can be, and the fit is slick, tailored, and absolutely begging to be paired with a blazer and some Chelsea boots.

The Best Cowboy Cut Black Jeans

0936 Cowboy Cut slim fit jean

$55.00, Amazon

Wrangler's Cowboy cut jeans are the iconic bootcut jeans. Hell, they're probably the jeans that come to mind when you think of cowboy jeans. The steel indigo colorway will remain undefeated, but the solid black colorway is the dark horse option you should definitely have in your roster when you want to feel more like a rockstar. They'll look great with a generous stack at the hem over some chunky boots and a denim shirt, but will also clean up real good with a clean break and some slick dancing shoes and an appropriately sheer shirt.

The Best Indie Black Jeans

333 raw black jeans

$225.00, Carson Wach

You've got to really bring something to the table if you want to stand out in a sea of jeans. Whether that's artisanal selvedge denim, trippy accoutrements, out-of-this-world silhouettes, or, honestly, a cool pocket. Carson Wach seems to have it all without going overboard: serious selvedge denim, top-tier craftsmanship, dialed-in fits, and an eye-catching signature pocket. The jeans are made in the US, but come with a respectable price tag that would make any other high-end brand look a bit silly.

The Best Baggy Black Jeans

Pleated jeans

$228.00, Noah

Pleats aren't just for stuffy (but stylish!) old men anymore. On a pair of jeans, they're an unexpected detail that adds elegance and volume—the latter of which is great for trying to land tre flips. This perfectly slouchy, relaxed take from Noah is cut from crisp, heavyweight Japanese denim that'll break in like a charm the longer you wear 'em.

The Best Denimhead-Approved Black Jeans

CS-220x classic straight jean

$250.00, 3sixteen

For the real heads that enjoy the finer, more rarefied things in life, it's raw selvedge denim or nothing. It's all about the fades, baby! And you can still get those sweet fades with the right pair of black jeans. Cue New York City-based denim stalwart 3sixteen and its hefty 14.5-ounce double black denim. The crispy fabric is woven in Japan exclusively for 3sixteen and features a black warp and weft that ages like fine wine and will garner more approving head nods with every wear.

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Plus 10 More Black Jeans We Love

GD111 slim straight 13 oz selvedge denim jeans

$295.00, Huckberry

H.D jeans

$220.00, SSENSE

Houston denim jean

$75.00, End.

Nash jeans

$135.00, SSENSE

The 1991 straight-leg jean

$168.00, Madewell

Wide-leg jeans

$355.00, SSENSE

Athletic straight jean

$80.00, Abercrombie & Fitch

136 Oxford jeans

$433.00, Neighbour

Relaxed fit selvedge jean

$198.00, Todd Snyder

Geth organic-cotton wide-leg jeans

$612.00, Matches

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