White Sneakers Are Absolutely Essential All Year Round
Name a shoe more important than the white sneaker. We'll wait.
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White sneakers are not just for summer. Their boundless versatility and blank-slate curb appeal make them quite appropriate for grocery runs, date nights, days at the office, even weddings — assuming you get the right pair.
Any sneakerhead worth his weight in Yeezys will tell you that an unsoiled white kick trumps all, partly for that glorious fresh out-of-the-box first wear and partly for the thrill of beating them up. Crispy white sneakers will make you feel like a new man — perfect for a fall reset, no?
Surely due to their ease of wear, there are an abundance of white sneakers to choose from. Every brand, retailer and fashion house around has taken a crack at the style over time, producing canvas, gum-soled low tops to sporty woven sneaks to $700 designer kicks and beyond. Some are very good. A lot are very, very bad.
To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve rounded up all the hardest wearing, best looking and generally excellent white sneakers on the market right now. A ton of styles from Nike, New Balance, Common Projects and more all make appearances, with the same unifying factor — a go-with-anything exterior that’ll anchor up your fall wardrobe for sure. Below, the 24 best white sneakers to wear in 2022.
For the Average Joe: Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker
Look up “white sneaker” in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of the Adidas Stan Smith staring back at you. The shoe has it all — rounded toe, recycled vegan upper, versatility in spades and over 50 years of history to back it up. If we had to choose one (readily available) white sneaker to wear for the rest of our little lives, there’s no question that we would very happily live out our days with Mr. Stan on our feet.
For the Weekday Warrior: Koio Capri Sneaker
The Koio Capri is crisp sneaker perfection, with a true all-white colorway and supple, full-grain leather that’s been handcrafted in Italy and set on a durable rubber sole. Sturdy enough to wear every day but formal enough to pair with some smart trousers, or even a casual suit, they’re a great pair for the months ahead.
For the Quality Obsessed: On The Roger Advantage Tennis Sneaker
Two Swiss legends, one stellar shoe. Roger Federer and On Running continue to impress with their joint sneaker releases, and much like the king’s on-court presence, their third effort, the Advantage Tennis Shoe, is elite; crafted with premium materials (only the best) and a decidedly laid-back vibe, these emulate craftsmanship and quality fitting of tennis royalty.
For the Post-Sneaker Pessimist: Allbirds Tree Runner Sneaker
Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the ingenious design of Allbirds’ cult-spawning Tree Runner. Woven with a revolutionary lightweight and breathable eucalyptus fiber, these sneakers are lighter than air and hold up surprisingly well. An added bonus, the Tree Runner is not only produced with eco-friendly, sustainable materials, but trumpets a carbon-neutral creation process, as well.
For the Fellow on a Budget: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
The Chuck Taylor All Star is the bread and butter of white sneakers; simple, easy to wear, and incredibly cost-effective.
For the Fellow on a Tight Budget: Superga 2750 COTU Classic
Available on Amazon and regularly on sale, you might think that Superga’s 2750 style were a pair of junk. Not so — the century-old sneaker brand has been making faith white kicks since well before you were born, and chances are, they’ll be making them well after you’ve gone.
For the Guy With Money to Burn: Common Project Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
The Common Projects Achilles has been the white sneaker benchmark for as long as menswear has cared about white sneakers and for good reason; their minimalist design, premium leather and handcrafted form make them bar none in the leather kicks game.
For the Sustainably Minded: Rothy’s The RS01 Sneaker
Fun fact: it takes not one, not two, but 28 plastic water bottles to create the recycled thread used in RS01 sneaker. That should tell you all you need to know about Rothy’s commitment to a more sustainable future, but in case you needed more, the zero-waste company is committed to zero-waste, LEED- and TRUE-certified factories by the end of 2022. Combine that with the fact that Rothy’s knit sneakers are cushy, sleek and washable, and we can’t find a reason not to snag a pair.
For the Hypebeast: New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 550
Unequivocally the hottest reintroduction in recent memory, the New Balance 550, a vintage NB release from 1989, has found new life as one of Aime Leon Dore’s bestselling collaborations. It’s got all the right bells and whites for spring — an eye-catching shape, crisp, premium leather, and a retro-look fresh out of an ’80s yearbook. The only problem? Other people know how sick these shoes are too, so they’re perennially sold out. Of course, you can try your luck on the resale market if you feel you have to have them.
For the Comfort-Forward: Hoka Clifton 8 Running Shoe
The sheer amount of cushioning on the Hoki Clifton 8 shoe (33mm of cloud-esque foam) makes every step you take feel like you’re walking on air. Comfort is always in style, especially when it’s paired with the on-trend maximalist look.
For the Sartiorally Inclined: Salomon XT-6
Originally a French skiing brand, Salomon has taken the fashion world by storm in recent years, with the perfect concoction of GORP-forward tech and sleek sneaker appeal that’s skyrocketed styles like the XT-6 into a whole other sartorial stratosphere. Cop a pair at your own risk; it’s not as easy being the coolest guy people know as one might think.
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Ahoy there! The Sperry Striper II CVO Sneaker induces just the beachy feel we wan, but don’t be folded; these laid-back canvas joints can still take a beating.
If retro is decidedly your vibe, the Samba is really the only option. Gumsoled and sporting the classic long tongue, these bad boys and some short shorts are about to singlehandedly bring back the ’70s.
Along with other retro styles like the Adidas Samba or Nike Blazer, the Reebok Club C has been a long-standing affordable alternative to its sporty competitors. That’s not to imply that the shoe is lacking in quality — its minimalist design and soft leather upper are just as good as they were 40 years ago.
As if the GREATS Royale sneaker wasn’t already good enough, it’s gone through a complete, eco-forward overhaul, without sacrificing an ounce of quality. 100% repurposed cotton canvas, algae foam-base padding, 100% natural rubber, and recycled cotton laces all feature one the conscious sneaker.
Another blast from the past, the Nike Blazer Mid ’77 has cropped up as a necessary part of any reasonably well-dressed dude’s wardrobe.
We can’t say for certain that the Air Max 90 was the shoe that started it all, but there’s no denying the effect of this kick — in all its various colorways, not just this certified fresh all-white look — has been monumental and instrumental in creating the sneaker culture we live in today since it’s inception in (you guessed it) 1990. Plus, they look killer with jeans.
An ethical shoe throughout the totality of its construction, the Veja V-10 is well-sourced, fair labor produced and ready to dress down a very swanky pair of trousers.
Sir Paul (no, not that one) makes a very good sneaker, complete with a zebra.
The ultimate dad shoe brand, in the ultimate dad shoe color.
Heritage shoemakers Grenson are known for their formal footwear, but don’t count out their leather sneakers, either.
An update to the classic Larry Sneaker and part of MR. P’s in-house basics, the VEGEA introduces quality recycled materials into the mix.
Ready to try your hand at “fashion” and want to blow a bag in the process? The Balenciaga Triple S have adorned the feet of Kanye and Pharell, and the massive, chunky units can affix yours for a measly band.
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