There’s nothing quite like an unexpected shoe to change the entire vibe of an outfit. And while white sneakers are not exactly a wardrobe revelation, their transformative abilities can easily be forgotten in a feed of more fashion-led styles. Trends aside, lately we’ve found ourselves gravitating back towards a more simple, minimal style of shoe—specifically white (or mostly white), classically shaped sneakers.
Whether it's creating a more relaxed vibe through their casual juxtaposition, modernising tailoring (potentially the most comfortable work shoe), or adding instant cool to more feminine looks, the styling potential of the classic white sneaker makes them a must-own in our wardrobe. With endless options to choose from, we’ve managed to narrow it down to 14 pairs we’re pretty sure you’ll never need to take off your feet. Shop our edit of the best white sneakers below.
New Balance CT302
A tennis-style court shoe is a natural go-to when thinking about white sneakers—and New Balance's CT302, which is an evolution of the 80s-era CT300, is one of the hottest sneaker silhouettes around right now. We love the exaggerated proportions, stacked midsole, and cruved layers. A modern classic. Shop here.
Nike Air Force 1 Next Nature
If you're a white sneaker fan, you've probably had a pair of bright white AF1's somewhere in your sneaker collection at some point. We'll forgive you for thinking this fresh release from Nike is pretty much the same too—but take a closer look. These B Ball originals are now made from at least 20% recycled materials by weight, putting a fresh and sustainable spin on an old favourite. Stitched overlays evoke a signature style that features animal-free materials on the upper and recycled laces and insole. Shop here.
Hoka Bondi 8
These ultra-cushioned and super comfortable sneakers will quickly become the hardest working shoe in your line up. Perfect for wearing with everything from activewear to dresses, these are the only pair of sneakers you’ll need to pack on your next trip. Shop here.
Thanks to its simple leather style it’s easy to see why this classic sneaker has become a cult favourite. Comfortable from the get-go (we can vouch there’s no breaking-in period) and featuring the brand's subtle, yet cool 'V' stitching, these sneakers can be worn a multitude of ways. Shop here.
Superga 2750 Cotu Classics
Superga’s have long been the go-to for a classic white sneaker. Crafted from a breathable cotton canvas and vulcanised natural rubber, these durable white classic plimsolls are the perfect blank canvas to style your outfits around. Shop here.
VANS Authentic VR3
These Californian classics will set the right tone for any time of the day. The quality textile upper and robust and contrasting rubber sole mean these pearly whites will last you through the seasons. Shop here.
PUMA TRC Blaze Triple Unisex Sneakers
An '90s icon updated for the current day these sneakers ensure comfortable wear is front of mind thanks to the brands in-built Trinomic technology. We love the leather overlay detail and chunky vibe that brings just the right amount of nostalgic feel to these perfectly updated dad-sneakers. Shop here.
New Balance 2002 Sneakers
If a chunkier sneaker is more your style, the New Balance 2002 is the perfect middle ground. Easier to style than your typical dad-sneaker, the rounded toe brings a strong sporty vibe and the thick rubber sole makes them practical for all-day wear. Shop here.
Re/Done 80s Basketball Perforated Leather And Suede Sneakers
Constructed from white leather and suede, this retro take on a classic sneaker by Re/Done is the perfect off-duty addition to any wardrobe. Shop here.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes
True to its original design, the classic silhouette of Stan Smith's has endured sneaker style for over four decades. This pair features a fresh redesign, with a vegan upper and an outsole made from rubber waste as part of adidas' commitment to use only recycled polyester by 2024. Shop here.
Common Projects Original Achilles Low
While they may be an investment, you can’t deny the perfectly crafted design of Common Projects. If you’re looking to splurge on a style that will last the test of time—and ultimately reduce your cost per wear—these Italian-made sneakers are a worthy option. Shop here.
Reebok Court Advance
If you turn to sneaks for a little bit of boost both in your mood and your centimetres, these Reebok sneakers will achieve both. A smooth leather upper brings sleek lines and the chunky, super-padded sole will have you walking tall. Shop here.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi
Arguably a classic in their own right, we couldn’t compile a list of the best white sneakers without including a pair of Converse. Our favourites are this high-top pair thanks to the cool, relaxed, and vintage vibe they bring to any outfit. Shop here.
Interested in some Earth-friendly kicks? Shop our edit of sustainable sneakers here.
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