Fashion

14 Of The Best White Sneakers To Shop In 2022

By Phoebe Youl
3rd May 2022

A person pulling on a pair of white sneakers against a wall.

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

Price: $150

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

Price: $160

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 them here

Good News Organic Cotton-Canvas Sneakers

Price: $123

Made from organic cotton canvas, these classic sneakers from Good News are perfect if you're looking for a planet-friendly option. Not only does the thick rubber sole add a unique detail to a typically classic shoe, but it also provides extra cushioning for wear. Shop them here

Veja Esplar

Price: $189.99

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 them here

Superga 2750 Organic Cotton Hemp 

Price: $119.95

Superga’s have long been the go-to for a classic white sneaker, but the latest addition to their range is our must-have pick. Crafted from a unique blend of cotton, hemp and recycled rubber, these sustainable and durable off-white sneakers are the perfect, earth-friendly upgrade to your classic plimsoll. Shop them here

VANS Authentic Leather

Price: $129.95

These Californian classics will set the right tone for any time of the day. Quality leather and a robust rubber role mean these these pearly whites will last you thorugh the seasons. Shop them here

PUMA Wild Rider Grip 

Price: $170

The Wild Rider is all about motion and these sneakers have movement in spades. The design itself move through decades, with a nostalgic nod to 80’s volume, and the contemporary mix of materials. Iridescent highlights create texture and the tech-forward design evokes the vibrant world of urban streets at night. Shop them here

New Balance White 574 V2

Price: $140

If a chunkier sneaker is more your style, the New Balance 574 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 them here

Re/Done 80s Basketball Perforated Leather And Suede Sneakers

Price: $228

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 them here

Adidas Originals ZX 2K Boost - Unisex

Price: $220

Technology meets contemporary design in these street-ready sneakers with a darkside. A boost sole with partial TPU cage makes for a comfort step every time, and heel stabilisation provides support, no matter your speed. Shop them here.

Common Projects Original Achilles Low 

Price: $512

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 them here

Reebok Club C Double GEO

Price: $150

If you turn to sneaks for a little bit of boost both in your mood and your centimetres, these Reebok platforms will achieve both. A smooth leather upper brings sleek lines and a 4cm platform will have you walking tall. Shop them here

Converse CT All Star 70 Hi

Price: $130

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 them here.

Converse Renew Chuck 70 Hi Engineered Knit

Price: $150

If you're keen to bring your classic taste into the present day, we had to highlight these revamped and eco-friendly Converse. Everything you love about a classic chuck with a contemporary edge, and the benefit of recycled materials in the crater knit upper. Shop them here.

Interested in some Earth-friendly kicks? Shop our edit of sustainable sneakers here

Image credit: Nike, New Balance, Good News, Veja, Superga, PUMA, New Balance, Re/Done, Common Projects, Converse

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