White sneakers have graduated from trendy to essential. A few years ago, crispy all-white kicks were a style swerve, but now they’re an endlessly versatile base for just about any outfit. The right pair can go with everything from shorts, tees and jeans to a full suit and tie. Plus, in many cases, beat-up white kicks are just as cool as their brand new selves.
Because white sneakers are such an important piece of your wardrobe in 2019 (probably the most important piece), some research and consideration is necessary before picking up your next pair. Before starting your search, decide if you need an affordable pair that you can beat up, or a splurge-worthy pair of designer kicks to invest in. Also, consider your personal style: if you wear a lot of athletic clothing, go for a trainer like Adidas’ NMD. If you rock baggier clothes, maybe grab some chunky sneakers like Nike Air Force 1s.
To help find those perfect white sneakers, we’ve rounded up several pairs for different needs, budgets and personal styles. Check them out below.
1. Tommy Hilfiger Liston Sneaker
BEST BUDGET OPTION
Classic white sneakers don’t have to break the bank. These no-frills kicks from Tommy Hilfiger feature a clean, balanced look that you can wear to the beach, the bar or the office, and right now they clock in at just $40. They look great fresh-as-heck, right out of the box, but once they’re broken-in and worn down they’ll have a rebellious, equally cool look.
2. Nike Air Force 1 Sneakers
White sneaker have become so ubiquitous that there are trends within the white sneaker megatrend. Right now, Nike’s beloved Air Force 1 holds the white sneaker championship belt. 90s nostalgia? Check. Hip-hop approval? Check. Friendly with baggy pants and shorts? Check. Check.
3. Adidas Originals NMD R1 Sneaker
BEST ATHLETIC PICK
If you plan or wearing your white sneakers to the gym, or just want a more athletic look, we suggest these white Adidas NMDs. The silhouette has become a favorite with sneakerheads, fashionistas and normal folk alike, and it looks exceptionally cool in this white colorway with a gum sole. Rock them with joggers or skinny jeans and a tee or hoodie for best results.
4. Clae Bradley Sneaker
BEST MINIMALIST PICK
Minimalist style and the all-white look have always gone well together. If that fits your aesthetic, pick up some of these Clae sneakers. They’re elegant enough to dress up for work, but they’re still cool enough to wear traveling, clubbing or errand-running.
5. CDG PLAY x Converse Heart Sneaker
BEST DESIGNER OPTION
Who knew a little heart logo would make Converse’s timeless Chuck Taylor even cooler? Well, Comme des Garçons did. The French designer’s upgraded Chuck Taylor is our pick for designer sneaker because it’s affordable at under $200, recognizable, and extremely versatile with any wardrobe. They look best with slimmer pants that don’t cover the now-iconic heart.
6. M.GEMI The Lucente
BEST OFFICE SNEAKER
Ideal office-ready sneakers should be sleek, high-quality, and free of branding. These kicks from Italian brand M.GEMI tick all those boxes. They’re handmade in Italy, and have some impressive reviews from happy customers to boot.
7. Gucci New Ace Sneaker
If you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, grail-worthy white sneakers are a good way to spend it. We recommend the now-famous Gucci New Ace, because they’re recognizable and beloved, but also understated enough to wear with everyday outfits around town. The kicks feature a classic sneaker silhouette that’s been upgraded with stripes and a Gucci snake, one of the brand’s new animal patches.