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There are a few wardrobe staples that transcend any personal aesthetic, and the classic white sneaker sits high on that list.
With popular picks ranging from the $50 cult-classic slip-on skate shoes from Vans to the high-fashion Alexander McQueen exaggerated sole sneakers, the white-on-white sneaker is a look that will forever be relevant.
To prove just how passionate folks are about their crisp white kicks, a couple of our team members even gushed about why they are white sneaker-obsessed.
Alan Lewin, an In The Know video producer, noted that the forever-classic Nike Air Force 1s reign supreme, as they hold their shape during long city commutes.
“Air Force 1s are definite my fave because walking around in the city, you just wear through the soles of these thin shoes so fast — but the Air Force 1s got that platform!” he said.
Commerce editor and writer Ari Bines, meanwhile, mentioned that the FILA Disruptor II Premium “dad shoe” — as she adoringly calls it — is a “classic” in its own sense.
“Before quarantine, these were my go-to throw-on shoes when I wore anything tight, sporty and all black,” she said. “And even though there are whispers that these aren’t ‘cool’ anymore, I could care less.”
For those who prefer a more streamlined and sleek aesthetic, there’s my personal favorite: the Clae Bradley in triple white leather. It can be dressed down with jeans and a white tee or dressed up with a suit and still command attention — in the best way possible.
Below, check out the 14 best classic white sneakers you can get right now. With prices ranging from $50 to $490, there’s something for every budget, style profile and function.
Shop: Vans Slip-On Skate Shoes, $49.99
Shop: Reebok Princess Women’s Shoes, $50
Shop: FILA Women’s Disruptor II Premium Sneakers, $54.99 (Orig. $64.99)
Shop: Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker, $55
Shop: Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker, $64 (Orig. $80)
Shop: Puma Heritage Basket Classic Sneakers, $65
Shop: Nike Blazer Low LE, $75
Shop: Cariuma OCA Low Canvas Sneakers, $79
Shop: New Republic Men’s Kurt Leather Sneaker, $89
Shop: Everlane Court Sneaker, $98
Shop: Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low, $100
Shop: Thousand Fell Women’s Lace Up Sneakers, $120
Shop: Thousand Fell Men’s Slip On Sneakers, $120
Shop: Veja Esplar 3-Lock Sneaker, $135
Shop: Koio Capri Triple White Sneaker, $248
Shop: Common Projects Retro Low Top Sneaker, $344 (Orig. $465)
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