A smart shopper knows the best investments aren’t the fussy kicks adorned with every embellishment, but the clean silhouettes with just a hint of flair that’ll stick around forever. The appeal of white sneakers isn’t lost on anyone. White sneakers are the ever-dependable shoe that’s versatile, relatively easy to clean, and even easier to scruff for a worn-in, grungy look. Songs were made in honor of the classic shoe to show you just how integral they are to one’s wardrobe. (Nelly “Air Force Ones” ring a bell?) However you prefer your kicks—are you the Insta-Squatter with creaseless Air Force or a floral and Keds kinda gal?—scroll through our picks of the 26 best white sneakers you need right now.
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Howell Lace-Up Sneaker
If Sex and the City were a shoe, it would be this classic Tory Burch style. 2021 Carrie Bradshaw would totally agree.
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Ozelia Women’s Sneaker
Leave it to Adidas to always push the envelope with its silhouettes. For Ozelia, the heritage brand looks to the past to marry 90s chunkiness with futuristic details to create a shoe that will guarantee compliments.
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Alpargata Lace-up Lug Sneaker
This Toms sneaker lifts you a little more off the ground than the classic flat sneakers Toms is known for. The rugged sole gives you grip and security. Plus, it’s made of 26 percent eco materials.
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Old Skool Sneaker
Alexa, play Avril Lavigne “Sk8er Boi.”
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Hidden Heart High Top Sneaker
Are you even a true hypebeast if you don’t own the Comme Des Garcons heart Converse.
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Cali Star Sneaker
Icons never die, which is why Puma’s signature Cali Star sneaker has never faded into obvilion.
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Air Rift Breathe
This fun silhouette from Nike is for the adventurer at heart. Love hikes but want a more comfortable shoe? The Air Rift secures your foot with a velcro strap across the top and a breathable mesh fabric to prevent smelly feet.
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For a designer option, invest in Alexander McQueen’s bestsellers that feature an exaggerated, tapered sole.
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When wearing Allbird’s signature Tree Dashers, the last thing you’ll have to worry about is smelly, uncomfortable feet. Designed with eucalyptus trees and the brand’s own SweetFoam sole, you’ll never want to take these off.
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If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle, it’s good enough for me.
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An easygoing shoe that’s as soft and reliable as Ugg’s bestselling boots.
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Cloudfoam Pure 2.0
A light-as-air sneaker designed with a sock-like upper that hugs your foot like a blanket.
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720 V1 Sneaker
There’s a lot to say about these shoes, but I’ll let the reviews do the talking. “Comfortable and light waking shoe. Lives up to New Balance quality,” one user wrote.
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Classic Leather Sneaker
This gem from Reebok has proven it’s as versatile now as it was in its heydey. Pair it with a dress or tracksuit to test its true powers.
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Next Big Shine Lace-Up Sneaker
Not the typical silhouette to expect from Skechers but the comfort and ease the brand’s signature shoes are known for remain consistent. A cushioned footbed and classic white shade make this runner-up for your sneaker of the summer (or year).
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Double Decker Canvas Sneaker
A no-fuss slip-on with more fans than the average Instagram influencer.
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Stan Smith Sneaker
This iconic white sneaker is the creme de la creme of Adidas’ lineup and ages like fine wine.
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Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops
There’s nothing quite like opening a box of crisp white high tops. What makes these classics even sweeter is when you wear them without a care in the world until it reaches the slightly scuffed, worn-in look. Just ask Converse connoisseur Kamala Harris.
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Air Force 1 Basketball Sneaker
Nike’s Air Force 1s, a shoe popularized by hip-hop titans like Nelly who set the precedent for how they should be worn—spotless and creaseless—before Brooklyn hipsters and Insta-girls made dirty Forces an aesthetic.
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Cotu Classic Sneakers
When you want a no-fuss sneaker that delivers on all its claims, Superga anything will never disappoint.
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This shoe reminds me of Corinne Bailey Rae’s song “Put Your Records On”—soft, airy, and dreamy for your foot.
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Run Star Hike High Top Sneaker
You’ve collected every color classic Converse high tops there is. Allow me to introduce you to its edgier sister. Featuring a rigged sole, this iteration of the Converse high top was made specifically for hiking trails.
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Cariuma sneakers just make you feel good. Not only are they super light and flexible on your foot (no more “breaking in” periods), each shoe is crafted from self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics, so you know you’re doing your part to help the environment.
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White Air Max 97 Sneakers
Are you really living if you don’t have at least one Air Max in your rotation? The Nike icon has been dipped in an array of colors since it was first released in 1997, but the white version easily becomes the star of any outfit.
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The Court Sneaker
If “less is more” was a sneaker, it would be the Everlane Court. The sneaker is made with less plastic, less waste, and less energy than the average shoe.
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Call me childish but the easy, one-and-done slip-on sneaker is a lazy girl’s dream, and Rothy just about makes the dreamiest ones on the market. Plus, it’s made with machine-washable fabric for easy cleaning.
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