A smart shopper knows the best investments aren’t the fussy kicks adorned with every embellishment, but the clean silhouettes with just a hint of flair that’ll stick around forever. The appeal of white sneakers isn’t lost on anyone. The versatile shoe pairs well with anything, is relatively easy to clean, and even easier to scruff for a worn-in, grungy look. However you prefer your kicks—are you the Insta-Squatter with creaseless Air Force 1s? A floral and Keds kinda gal?—scroll through our picks of the 19 best white sneakers you need right now.
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Run Star Hike High Top Sneaker
You’ve collected every color classic Converse high tops there is. Allow me to introduce you to its edgier sister. Featuring a rigged sole, this iteration of the Converse high top was made specifically for hiking trails.
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530 Metallic Sneakers
Summer 2020 saw a resurgence of the sneaker you pulled out for gym bag for PE. Given the very chaotic state of the world at the time, it makes sense why a sneaker known for its accessibility and comfort became the newest It shoe. Since we’ll be inside on lockdown indefinitely, it’s a good thing New Balance sneakers never go out of style.
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NMD R1 Athletic Shoe
A light-as-air sneaker designed with a sock-like upper that hugs your foot like a blanket.
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Cariuma sneakers just make you feel good. Not only are they super light and flexible on your foot (no more “breaking in” periods), each shoe is crafted from self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics, so you know you’re doing your part to help the environment.
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Air Max 97 Sneakers
Are you really living if you don’t have at least one Air Max in your rotation? The Nike icon has been dipped in an array of colors since it was first released in 1997, but the white version easily becomes the star of any outfit.
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Classic Slip On White
Not your average slip-on shoe, Fini’s version features a zipper that allows customers to alternate between colors and designs.
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Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops
There’s nothing quite like opening a box of crisp white high tops. What makes these classics even sweeter is when you wear them without a care in the world until it reaches the slightly scuffed, worn-in look. Just ask Converse connoisseur Kamala Harris.
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When wearing Allbird’s signature Tree Runners, the last thing you’ll have to worry about is smelly, uncomfortable feet. Designed with eucalyptus tree fiber responsibly sourced from forests and the brand’s own SweetFoam sole, you’ll never want to take these off.
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Stan Smith Sneaker
This iconic white sneaker is the creme de la creme of Adidas’ lineup and ages like fine wine.
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Air Force 1 Basketball Sneaker
Nike’s Air Force 1s, a shoe popularized by hip-hop titans like Nelly who set the precedent for how they should be worn—spotless and creaseless—before Brooklyn hipsters and Insta-girls made dirty Forces an aesthetic.
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Classic Leather Sneaker
This gem from Reebok has proven it’s as versatile now as it was in its heydey. Pair it with a dress or tracksuit to test its true powers.
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Call me childish but the easy, one-and-done slip-on sneaker is a lazy girl’s dream, and Rothy just about makes the dreamiest ones on the market. Plus, it’s made with machine-washable fabric for easy cleaning.
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The best part about slip-on sneakers is that they’re commuter-friendly and you never have to worry about your laces becoming undone. The best part about Van’s slip-on sneakers is that they come in just about every color or print you can think of.
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An easygoing shoe that’s as soft and reliable as Ugg’s bestselling boots.
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If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle, it’s good enough for me.
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Two-Tone Suede Sneaker
For a designer option, invest in Alexander McQueen’s bestsellers that feature an exaggerated tapered sole.
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Cotu Classic Sneakers
When you want a no-fuss sneaker that delivers on all its claims, Superga anything will never disappoint.
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The Court Sneaker
If “less is more” was a sneaker, it would be the Everlane Court. The sneaker is made with less plastic, less waste, and less energy than the average shoe.
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This shoe reminds me of Corinne Bailey Rae’s song “Put Your Records On”—soft, airy, and dreamy for your foot.
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