This journal is The Royal Society of Chemistry. Tin-based anode materials have aroused interest due to their high capacities. Nevertheless, the volume expansion problem during lithium insertion/extraction processes has severely hindered their practical application. In particular, nano-micro hierarchical structure is attractive with the integrated advantages of nano-effect and high thermal stability of the microstructure. Herein, hierarchical Sn/SnO nanosheets assembled by carbon-coated hollow nanospheres were successfully synthesized by a facile glucose-assisted hydrothermal method, in which the glucose served as both morphology-control agent and carbon source. The hierarchical Sn/SnO nanosheets exhibit excellent electrochemical performances owing to the unique configuration and carbon coating. Specifically, a reversible high capacity of 2072.2 mA h g-1 was observed at 100 mA g-1. Further, 964.1 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at 100 mA g-1 and 820.4 mA h g-1 at 1000 mA g-1 after 300 cycles could be obtained. Encouragingly, the Sn/SnO also presents certain sodium ion storage properties. This facile synthetic strategy may provide new insight into fabricating high-performance Sn-based anode materials combining the advantages of both structure and carbon coating.