Trends come and go but a white sneaker is forever. Maybe not forever white (unless you are very good at cleaning shoes), but definitely forever stylish. They can dress-down a suit or gown, make your athleisure look a little less boring, or give you professional tennis player vibes. Like the white t-shirt, the white sneaker is a versatile part of your wardrobe that’s casual and cool, but also put-together.
The options are many. Here are a few of our favorites:
The distillation of Scandi-simplicity, the Common Projects low top trainer is perhaps one of the most sought-after white sneakers on the market. The price tag (€330) is high, but the wear you’ll get out of a pair is significant. Sleek enough to look professional, these sneakers have set the bar for high-end casual footwear.
Velcro straps may be trendy right now, as they were back when you were five years old, but the Veja take on this childish look is surprisingly mature. Veja is a brand worth checking out for their commitment to ethical production and sourcing practices, as well as their good-looking footwear.
A sneaker for the avant garde set, the Jorge is both simple and a little artsy. It’s a chunkier sneaker than Common Projects or even other high-tops like the PF Flyers below, and in that fluffiness is its unique shape. These shoes are pricey at €229 but they’re handmade by artisans in Portugal, as are all Last Conspiracy shoes, and their production practices are both transparent and fair trade.
An iconic sneaker that puts your rolled-up jeans or sweatpants on another level, the Stan Smith Originals are a great choice if you’re still not sure white sneakers are for you. The lines are classic and the hint of green on the back tabs is just enough color to make the shoe feel fresh.
Easy to wear, easy to wash, affordable and still sleek: there are many reasons the Superga Cotu Classic remains a crowd favorite. A great everyday shoe.
I refuse to make a list of white sneakers and not include the PF Flyer high top, which encapsulates everything I believed to be cool as a child. This iteration, with its leather cap and and midsole stripe, is a sports-loving aesthete’s dream. Though I prefer the Sandlot Center Hi as a shoe, unfortunately it doesn’t come in white.
…and a few sneaky extras, because we couldn’t help ourselves.
Did we forget your favorite white sneaker? Tell us about it in the comments!