There’s nothing that completes an outfit better than a pair of pristine white sneakers. They manage to be sporty and stylish at the same time. They look good with a pair of jeans, but also have the power to make a black suit look like it belongs at a cool gathering and not a funeral.
The trick to owning a pair of white shoes is to figure out how to keep them clean without becoming obsessive about it. The world is a dirty place and if you’re wearing white kicks, they’re bound to get a little nicked up. If you can embrace this notion, you can wear any of the 18 shoes we’ve outlined here.
Vans True White Slip-Ons
If you’re feeling a little nervous about wearing all-white shoes, these classic Vans slip-ons can serve as your introduction into the fold. At only $45, you can try them out, and you won’t worry too much about scuffing them up.
Native Jefferson White Shoes
Because Natives are completely made out of rubber, they’re a good option for trying out the all-white look. Why? Rubber washes easily. Another bonus is the all-around perforations that allow your feet to breathe. They’ll look great with a pair of board shorts and a t-shirt this summer.
Vans Perforated Leather Slip-Ons
Vans are mostly known for their durable canvas offerings, but these perforated leather slip-ons allow you to wear your favorite Vans while dressing it up a bit. The perforated leather allows your feet to breathe while still looking a bit fancy. Pair these with a tailored navy suit and you’ll be the talk of any summer wedding you attend (and because they’ve got the comfort of regular Vans, you’ll be able to rule the dance floor).
Converse Chuck Taylor Monochrome Hi-Tops
Converse’s Chuck Taylor Hi-Tops are also a classic choice, and they take the all-white theme to the extreme, even whiting-out their logo. These would pair well with your favorite pair of dark jeans.
Vans for J. Crew Canvas Authentic Sneakers
More cream in color than bright-white, these shoes—a re-release of Vans first-ever shoe—are a good choice if you don’t want to fully embrace the white kicks look. In addition to the off-white canvas, they also feature yellow and brown laces and a navy stripe around the sole (of course, they feature the classic Vans waffle-tread sole bottom).
Converse CONS CTAS Pro Sneakers
There are two types of white sneakers—the kind you keep pristine and wear to nice functions, and the kind that you don’t mind beating up. These classic Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops are the latter. These guys will handle whatever you throw at them this summer, and at $65, you won’t mind surveying the damage and tossing them when September rolls around.
PUMA G. Vilas L2 Sneakers
Named for legendary Argentinian tennis player Guillermo Vilas, these sneakers are the intersection between athletic shoe and lifestyle shoe. What does this mean? You can play a game of tennis in these shoes and go right to lunch at a nice restaurant without looking like the guy that just came from the gym.
Converse Jack Purcell Classic Sneakers
Like the other Converse offerings on this list, Jack Purcells should be a staple of your wardrobe. They’re a pair of shoes that will never go out of style, and they can be worn anywhere, with [almost] anything.
Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneakers
Swedish-borne Tretorn has roots that reach all the way back to the 19th century, but the brand also found success in the 1970s when they became the favored shoe of professional tennis players. You’ve heard the term “tennis whites,” right? These light-weight, low-profile shoes are sure to become your favorite weekend shoes.
Nike for J. Crew Killshot 2 Sneakers
If you’re still apprehensive about going fully white with your shoe choices, check out this classic pair that came out of a partnership between Nike and J. Crew. Released 30 years ago, J. Crew updated them with white leather and off-white suede accents. Of course, the Nike swoosh—shown here in dark blue—is a key feature.
Superga Linu Sneakers
Superga is an Italian shoemaker that has been churning out quality footwear since the early 1900s, and because of that history, you can trust that these shoes are a good pick. They’re incredibly sturdy and durable—with features like embossed eyelets and vulcanized rubber soles—so they’ll be one shoe in your closet that will definitely last.
TOMS Leather Paseos
These full-grain leather shoes from TOMS are a bit dressier than the other shoes on this list, which means they’re fully office-approved—they’d pair as well with dress slacks as they would with a pair of jeans or shorts. And of course, because they’re TOMS, you can feel good about your purchase, as each purchase provides a pair of shoes for a child in need.
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Adidas Stan Smiths are the best-selling tennis shoes of all-time, and the J. Crew and Adidas’ collaboration reintroduces the wildly popular 1970s version into our lives. The updated version is true to the original, crafted from full-grain leather and featuring Adidas’ signature perforations and color pops on the tongue and heel.
Fred Perry Howells Twill Sneakers
Fred Perry is a classic London label that’s been around for over 50 years. Launched by legendary pro tennis player Fred Perry, the line produces clean, classic (dare we say preppy?) apparel and footwear. These low-profile Howells are one of the best offerings—the all-white sneaker is emblazoned with the brand’s classic logo (which is a take on the original Wimbledon logo) in royal blue.
Seavees Hermosa Plimsoll Standard Sneakers
Because the Santa Barbara-based Seavees is so dedicated to surf and skate culture, it’s no surprise these sneakers’ namesake refers to the first skateboard contest ever held in Hermosa Beach in the 1960s. The classic shape, textured linen upper and brushed chambray lining make them the perfect casual shoe. Bonus: you don’t have to skateboard to wear them.
Adidas Original Superstar Shoes
Some shoes never go out of style, and that’s definitely the case with the Original Superstar shoes from Adidas. The shoe features all of the classic Adidas features—the side stripes, the rubberized toe—but looks like it’s been dipped in a bucket of white paint. These shoes can dress up a casual outfit or make a more formal ensemble look a little less stuffy.
Greats Royale Hi-Tops
Brooklyn-based Greats seeks to create stylish footwear with quality materials at affordable prices. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but they pull it off really well, especially with their Royale Hi-Tops. Crafted with Italian calfskin leather (even the buttery brown lining is made from this) and featuring Italian waxed cotton laces, when you’re wearing these shoes, you’ll manage to look sporty and elegant at the same time.
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
The Achilles sneakers from NYC-based Common Projects are pricey, but if you want to stand out with crisp, all-white footwear, these are worth the investment. Crafted in Italy and featuring leather lining, they’ll look great with just about anything you wear them with.
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