The Best White Sneakers: Your Daily Go-To Footwear

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White sneakers are cool and comfortable, making them a wardrobe essential with MVP potential. They fit seamlessly with any outfit, whether you prefer luxury brands or sporty styles. For constant wear, you’ll need a pair that’s well-made and easy to clean. With countless options available, finding the perfect match for both your style and comfort can be a challenge. Here are our best picks for the year.

Our Picks

Best Overall

Adidas Samba White SneakersPhoto from adidas Australia

Adidas Samba OG Shoes

Size: men’s 4-14/women’s 5-15 | Material: Leather & suede upper

Originally designed for indoor football, the adidas Samba shoes featured a smooth leather upper, nubuck toe cap, and reinforced rubber sole for agility and control. Over time, they also remain a timeless streetwear icon, carrying on a legacy of style and the spirit of the Trefoil.

Best Low-Top

Chuck Taylor All Star Low TopPhoto from Nordstrom

Chuck Taylor® All Star® Lift Low Top Sneakers

Size: men’s 3-13/women’s 5-15 | Material: Durable canvas upper

The Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers feature a durable canvas upper and classic cotton laces. This iconic ’70s style is elevated with a shiny platform sole and dark foxing. Combining a retro look with modern flair, it is also one of the lightest options available. The foam insoles are firm and comfortable, though completely flat.

Best High-Top

Chuck Taylor All Star High TopPhoto from Culture Kings

Chuck Taylor All Star CX Explore High Top

Size: men’s 3-13/women’s 5-15 | Material: Stretch canvas upper

The Chuck Taylor All Star CX Explore High Top blends innovation with utility and comfort. Furthermore, it includes CX foam and a stretch canvas upper, with a translucent midsole showcasing the CX design. Bold elements like split eyebrows and pull tabs add to its modern appeal, making it perfect for those who value style and comfort in a classic sneaker.

Best Budget

Platform Low Top Lace Up SneakersPhoto from Boohoo AU

Platform Low Top Lace Up Sneakers

Size: women’s 5-10 | Material: Polyurethane 

These Platform Low Top Lace Up Sneakers feature a modern design with a sturdy platform sole for added height. The lace-up front ensures a secure fit, while the cushioned insole provides all-day comfort. For budget-friendly white sneakers that elevate casual outfits, these platforms offer a luxurious feel without the high price tag, ideal for styling.

Best Vegan Leather

The Roger Advantage White Mauve Vegan Leather SneakersPhoto from Style tread

The Roger Advantage White Mauve Vegan Leather Sneakers

Size: men’s 7-14/women’s 8.5-15.5 | Material: Vegan leather, man-made

These tennis-inspired sneakers combine relaxed street style with clean, athletic lines. What’s more, co-created with Roger Federer, the ROGER ADVANTAGE by On features CloudTec cushioning and Speedboard technology, delivering elite-level energy return all day long.

Best Canvas

Cariuma Oca organic cotton sneakersPhoto from Farfetch

Cariuma Oca Organic Cotton Sneakers

Size: men’s 5-13 | Material: 100% Organic cotton canvas

These Cariuma low-top canvas sneakers are crafted from organic cotton, offering a breathable and comfortable fit. They are exceptionally lightweight and ankle-friendly, which are perfect for those prioritising both fashion and environmental consciousness in their footwear.

Best Vintage

REEBOK CLUB C 85 VINTAGE White SneakersPhoto from END Clothing

Reebok Club C 85 Vintage

Size: men’s 4-15 | Material: Leather upper

Reebok’s Club C sneakers, beloved since ’85, are now reimagined in this Vintage pair as a versatile neutral option. Crafted from luxuriously smooth leather, they feature the brand’s iconic detailing throughout, delivering both OG style and modern comfort.

Best Chunky

New Balance 2002 sneakers in off whitePhoto from ASOS

New Balance 2002 sneakers in off white

Size: men’s 5-13 | Material: Mesh and faux-suede upper

The New Balance 2002 sneakers combine premium leather, suede, and mesh for breathability. Moreover, they offer a more feminine feel with Y2K tech details and intentionally chunky features that exude stylish comfort. Even those skeptical of celebrity fashion admire this refined interpretation from New Balance.

sneakers with pantsPhoto by Grailify from Unsplash.

How to Style with White Sneakers?

As white sneakers are a versatile and timeless addition to any wardrobe, they can be dressed up or down, therby making them a go-to choice for various occasions. Here are some tips on how to wear white sneakers effortlessly.

1. Style with visible socks

Opt for socks that enhance the ankle height of your sneakers to avoid awkward visibility. For high-tops, consider adding printed, floral or bright ankle socks to prevent chafing and add a pop of color. With low-top sneakers on the other hand, opt for no-show socks to maintain a clean appearance.

2. Pair with formal look

White sneakers can elevate beyond casual wear. Pair pristine white leather sneakers with pleated pants, a tucked blouse, and a dark blazer for a business meeting ensemble. Alternatively, dress them up with chinos and a blazer for a refined smart casual look. Ensure your white sneakers, particularly leather or suede styles, are impeccably clean when incorporating them into more professional attire.

3. Go for casual chic

White sneakers pair perfectly with classic pieces like chunky turtleneck sweaters, denim jackets, leather jackets, and even long coats in winter. Additionally, add an oversized scarf or a beanie as accessories to stay warm. For a refreshing summer look, pair them with denim shorts and premium white tees for a laid-back style.

4. Combine with athleisure

White sneakers are long-standing, but their recent resurgence is due to the popularity of athleisure. This trend blends workout wear and nightwear for a dapper but comfortable look.  A cozy hoodie, a sporty top, or leggings paired with white sneakers creates a perfect outfit for running errands or hanging out with friends.

5. Create a monochrome look

White sneakers pair well with monochromatic outfits, adding a crisp, clean contrast that enhances the overall look.  Their simplicity complements any single-color ensemble, balancing the appearance without clashing or overpowering the outfit. Additionally, white sneakers as a focal point, can lighten up darker tones or add a fresh element to lighter shades.

6. Balance with dressy twist

Pairing white sneakers with a dress creates a stylish and comfortable option for various occasions. In warmer months, they effortlessly complement a vibrant flowy dress or a patterned midi skirt, adding a touch of chicness. The clean, minimalist design of the sneakers balances the feminine flair of the dress, making it perfect for both casual days out and more polished events.


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