I hope this doesn’t make me sound too old, but I’ve been obsessed with white sneakers for almost a decade. There’s just something about wearing a dressier outfit with a pair of casual kicks that makes the thing feel a little more cool, you know? This season, my already too-large sneaker collection is about to get a little bit bigger, courtesy of some brand-new styles from Nike, New Balance and Veja, just to name a few.
Yes, white sneakers have been essential in any fashion-lover’s closet for a few years now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some room for a few new additions in 2021. I never thought something so simple could be reinvented so many times, but here we are! There are always my go-to brands like Superga—who just enlisted Hailey Bieber as their new Global Ambassador, by the way—but I’ve also been loving more unique takes, too. Yes, I love my white Nike Air Force Ones, but I’m ready to branch out with some other options!
I said goodbye to heels and other uncomfortable shoes purchased for the sake of “fashion” a long, long time ago when I started a serious relationship with my Vans. They’re comfortable and they look good with everything! Plus, they never go out of style. I’m now the proud owner of more than 15 pairs of white sneakers—some simple, some bold—and I’ve never looked back. I think it’s safe to say that I’m an expert on the topic.
Keep reading to find 10 not-so-basic white sneakers—comfortable, stylish shoes that’ll leave you questioning why you’ve been wearing anything else.
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Air Force 1 ’07 Sneakers
I obviously had to include a pair of basic Nike Air Force 1s on this list—they literally go with everything. This wear-everywhere shoe has become a modern wardrobe staple because it might just be the perfect white sneaker.
Stan Smith Sneakers
Before the Air Force 1s became wildly popular, Adidas Stan Smiths were everywhere. The colorful details and minimal design make them an instant classic, so you need a pair in 2021.
IBI High Off White Knit Sneaker
This is your sign to try a high-top sneaker this season. This all-white pair from Cariuma is a great place to start because, well, they’re sleek as hell. I used to be worried that sneakers with a higher rise would make my ankle look chunky, but this pair does the exact opposite.
Fresh Foam Roav Sneakers
New Balance sneakers have been trending for a while now, but this white pair still feels fresh to me somehow. These are truly the grandpa shoe to end all grandpa shoes, but I still need them for myself.
Blazer Mid ’77 High Top Sneaker
These sneakers are my new obsession—I just bought a pair after stalking them online for weeks. I love wearing them under wide-leg jeans for a ’70s-inspired vibe.
Ibiza Classic Leather Sneakers
These white and tan sneakers from Soludos are the ultimate summer shoe. The light colorway means that they’ll pair perfectly with all of your warm-weather sundresses. They also play well with white linen pants and coordinating sets.
Leave it Steve Madden to make the coolest chunky sneakers on the market right now. The thicker sole on this pair makes them perfect for all-weather wear (yes, including those rainy days that are headed our way in the spring.)
2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers
These cotton sneakers are one of Superga’s best-selling styles for a reason: they’re too simple not to stock up on. I have a few different pairs in an array of colors, so this is your sign to buy a pair for yourself.
Sk8-Hi Tapered Sneakers
You don’t have to be a skater to rock these high-top sneakers from Vans. Because they’re made to get messed up, they’ll literally last you forever. They also look a little better after you wear them a few times, so don’t worry about keeping them clean.
Velcro sneakers aren’t just for kids anymore—they’re actually super on-trend for 2021. This option from Veja is designed for easy wear, so make them your go-to pair for all of your summertime activities.