With so many sneaker styles available today, finding that perfect pair can feel like a somewhat overwhelming feat. It may be tempting to capitalise on sneaker trends — like chunky soles or retro-inspired styles — but more often than not, it pays to keep things simple. Which is where white sneakers come in.
Perhaps the easiest style to wear, and certainly one of the most versatile, white sneakers can be worn with everything from casual everyday favourites like sweatpants and jeans to more formal tailored trousers. Minimalist in design and often constructed from high quality leather, white trainers are a footwear essential that will serve their wearer well season after season. Scroll on for our pick of some of the best on the market today.
Portuguese footwear label JAK is beloved by minimalists the world over for its pared back approach to sneaker design. All of its shoes are lovingly designed and made in Portugal using the finest leathers, placing an emphasis on quality of construction over unnecessary aesthetic features.
JAK's latest model – the Vantage sneaker – exemplifies the brand's mastery of minimalist yet characterful design. Taking cues from classic tennis style, it offers a contemporary take on a vintage aesthetic. With a subtle dash of colour, these are the perfect white sneakers for those who don't want to commit to an all-white shoe.
Artisan Lab's mission is to make the best possible products using the best possible materials. By partnering with expert Italian artisans that have worked with some of the most renowned luxury brands, it produces limited runs of top quality products. These elegant, fuss-free trainers are crafted from premium full-grain calfskin leather sourced and tanned in Italy. The clean design draws inspiration from original 1970s sport shoes.
ETQ Amsterdam sets itself apart from the rest of the luxury sneaker market with its innovative use of materials and subtly exaggerated soles. This premium suede iteration of its ever-popular LT 01 style represents a new type of luxury driven by simplicity. The upper is made from a single piece of leather and stitched upon the brand's lightest and most flexible outsole, made from 100% natural rubber. Team them with a suit for a contemporary take on formal style.
Barcelona-based brand SAYE harnesses a distinctly retro aesthetic, blending throwback design with acute attention to detail – as evidenced by its Modelo ’89 model, which is fast gaining a cult following . While it does come in a variety of colourways, the all-white sneaker is especially easy to wear and will work with anything from shorts and tube socks to black jeans and a knitted polo. In keeping with its fierce commitment to sustainability, SAYE also offers the Modelo '89 in recycled vegan leather.
Melding purposeful design with high quality materials and construction, North-89 specialises in minimalist sneakers with subtle twists. These may be found in perforated uppers or in lightweight gum soles which contrast perfectly with the leathers used. This pair, the bestselling No-1 sneaker, has been meticulously crafted from Italian Napa leather and sits on a thinner Italian margom cup sole for a super light feel. The clean white colourway and elegant silhouette offer ultimate versatility.
CLAE is beloved for its fashion-forward sneaker designs, which range from basketball-style high tops through to hiking-style walking shoes. But the Los Angeles-based brand also produces an excellent line in simple white sneakers, as demonstrated by its triple white leather Malone model, which boasts a chunky silhouette, cushioned footbed and sturdy Premium Court outsole.
Making use of simple lines, clean silhouettes and the finest materials available, Uniform Standard’s sustainably handcrafted sneakers are a minimalist's dream. The army trainer-inspired Series 3 is made on a low profile recycled rubber sole, with a premium tumbled Italian leather upper and matching internal lining. With no visible branding and a pared back all-white design, they’re easy to wear regardless of the season.
Oliver Cabell’s focus lies in driving the price of sneakers down while maintaining the quality of the materials and craftsmanship. The most pared back of the label’s offerings, the Low 1 sneaker, features an Italian full grain calfskin leather upper, calfskin footbed, cowhide leather counters and waxed cotton laces. With little in the way of details other than a gold-tone brand stamp to the tongue, the Low 1 will style easily with any outfit. Note that import duties may apply.
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