Your shoe collection might include running shoes, formal shoes, and loafers, but there’s one shoe that absolutely belongs in your closet. The simple monochromatic white sneaker combines versatility and fashion to make for a timeless piece, and almost everyone rocks their own version of it. While they may not be necessarily appropriate for a wedding, they can be worn in almost every other instance. White pairs well with everything and is definitely an attention grabber. Though it may be impossible to keep them clean every day, getting them a little dirty can be an edgy look as well. Take a look at our guide to see how to style them and what your sneaker pick says about you.
How to Wear Them
The most basic sneaker of all goes with literally everything, so this can create an overwhelming amount of choices. Don’t try to overthink it and just sport them with your daily attire. Most people will finish off their casual outfits with white sneakers because they’re just so easy. Go for sweatshirts, t-shirts, and dark denim when going for a stroll on the boardwalk. Anything dark will provide a great contrast against the sheer whiteness of your sneakers. To put it quite simply, white sneakers are the classy and obvious choice for your ensemble.
This one can be a little tricky. You’ll want to avoid white trainers, since that may be a little too casual for a semi-formal setting. Bright and dark colored suits, along with properly hemmed pants, can go really well with white and make for a sophisticated look. Matching your shoes with a white pocket square can make the colors in your suit pop as well. Consider pairing a slim polo, fitted denim shirt, or dark colored button-up for a put together classic look. Trousers should be tailored with either a slight or no break so the pants don’t extend over the sneaker.
ASOS Slip On ($16)
This white slip on from ASOS is for the budget-conscious individual that is still trying to be fashion forward. With thin soles and canvas materials, you can’t get any more basic than this shoe. At $16 a pop, you don’t have to worry about keeping them clean or scuff free. Thanks to their affordability, you can always buy a new pair. They may not be very Earth friendly, but they definitely are very style friendly.
Nike Roshe One ($75)
The Nike Roshe One contains mesh throughout in order to ensure constant breathability and comfort. Being lightweight and easy to wear, this shoe is perfect for a casual hike or running errands on the weekend. Since you can wear it as a traditional running shoe, this versatile shoe is ready to go whenever you are. These Nikes are perfect for the guy that’s transitioning from the gym to the streets.
Originally conceived in 1917 as a basketball shoe, it quickly became adopted and accepted by the public as the iconic white sneaker. This timeless sneaker is instantly recognizable by its tongue and ankle patch. You’ll want to pack this canvas shoe into your permanent collection. Representative of classic American style, just be sure to pick up a new pair every year before you go skateboarding.
L.12.12 Premium Leather ($140)
The Lacoste take on the white sneaker combines a classic look with premium materials. From the smooth leather to the tongue accents, this well-made shoe will be sure to draw attention with its suave style. This sneaker is too formal to wear for sports but is well suited for daily wear. Try pairing this sneaker with a suit for the well-dressed preppy look. And of course, don’t forget about the iconic green crocodile on the side.
Sperry Salt Washed Twill ($60)
Consider wearing these with no show socks and khaki shorts to achieve that first day of summer feeling. This sneaker is perfect for any casual setting and ensures comfort with its secure vulcanized construction. This shoe also has an advantage over every other shoe on this list: it’s made for boating. The non-marking rubber outsoles deliver traction on both wet/dry surfaces so you can transition from land to yacht without breaking a sweat.
Vans Authentic ($50)
The shoe of choice for high schoolers and skaters, you can find this shoe almost everywhere. The simple and versatile styling of this sneaker means that it will never go out of style. Whether it’s for riding your board or going on a date, this is one shoe that will never let you down.
Adidas Stan Smith ($60)
Since 1971, Adidas has been releasing its most exemplary tennis shoe to the public: the Stan Smith. This sneaker’s clean look combines with full grain leather to become an absolute staple in your closet. The 3-Stripes logo all but guarantees that you’re receiving a shoe that is both comfortable and stylish.
Common Projects Achilles ($400)
Coming in as easily the most expensive shoe on our list, the Common Project’s price tag can be quite intimidating. Price notwithstanding, this premium shoe is unbelievably luxurious and well constructed. This sneaker is made in Italy and individually stamped with a unique gold code. This one won’t be an impulse buy, but saving up for this one may be worth it.