The white sneaker trend has been everywhere since 2014 and seems to be continuing right through 2015 and most likely into 2016.
It’s hard to picture white sneakers not looking like the orthopedic sneakers your grandma wears on her morning walks (No offense to your grandma). The all-one-color sneaker will always have a connotation of dated and boring, but if you find the right balance of classic style and modern details, it’s easy to see them working their way into your wardrobe as your new go-to for a dressed-down look.
Sneakers have always been a great way to edge up an outfit, but the white sneaker also adds a chic element to an outfit. Pair them with a patterned dress and leather jacket or go full-on athlelesiure and rock a pair of joggers and a sweater. You can mix and match white sneakers with practically anything and it’ll look amazing (unless, of course, you’re Justin Bieber at the EMA’s. Then you might look like a human tampon). Don’t be afraid of a white sneaker/tennis shoe/trainer/whatever you want to call them and use the simple, classic style to your advantage.
Here are 8 white sneakers that you should be jumping all over ASAP.
Chuck Taylor® All Star® ‘Chuck II’ High Top Sneaker (Nordstrom, $75)
Converse are the classic white sneaker, but the Chuck II are the Chuck Taylor 2.0. No more aching feet from no support, no more rubbing of your heels. Plus, the canvas is lined so these can work in the cooler weather rather than the all-canvas of Converse-past.
SUPERGA x Rodarte Leather Sneakers (THE OUTNET, $113.40)
The snake-effect on the front of these sneakers takes them from boring to high-fashion. And the fishnet-style pattern on the sides makes these really interesting to look at, even though they’re all white.
Keds Champion Originals Leather (Keds, $50)
Again, the classic canvas Keds are Summer staples like a pair of Chucks, but by opting for the leather, it takes them through the Fall and even into the awkwardly warm Winter days that NYC is famous for.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Textured-Leather Sneakers (Net-a-Porter, $95)
As the white sneaker trend chugged along on style blogs, these are the sneakers I kept seeing pop up time and time again. The pop of the classic Stan Smith green and subtle, embossed texture adds a level of interest to an otherwise boring (though cult-favorite) tennis shoe.
Vans ‘Classic’ Perforated Slip-On Sneaker (Vans, $60)
If you’ve been noticing a pattern of “classic” shoes, you’re onto something. By taking a classic shape, like the Vans slip-on which has been around since the ’70s, and adding something modern to it, like a perforated style, it makes them feel new and exciting rather than dated.
Nike Air Max Thea Joli Cutout Leather Sneakers (Net-a-Porter, $120)
I have a paid of these, though not white nor cutout. They are supremely comfortable and breathable so I recommend them on that basis. But come on, how cool are these? Cutouts that don’t look like you forgot part of your shoes? Awesome.
Superga 2750 Quilted Sneakers (ShopBop, $119)
Superga’s are great “fashionable” sneaker brand that you should definitely try out if you’re sick of low-top Converse. The quilted texture makes these normally delicate-looking sneakers seem heavier and more appropriate for the Fall months.
K Swiss Belmont SO (K Swiss, $65)
Sara actually got a pair of K Swiss not too long ago and I was surprised by how chic they looked with a LBD. It’s hard to take K Swiss seriously, but after seeing Sara’s, they’re starting to grow on me.