With so many sneaker styles available today, finding your perfect pair can feel like a somewhat overwhelming feat. It may be tempting to delve into trends — like chunky soles or hiking styles — but more often than not, simple is best. Which is where white sneakers come in.
Perhaps the easiest style to wear, white sneakers can be worn with everything from sweatpants to jeans and even more formal tailored trousers. Minimalist in design and often constructed from high quality leather, you can’t really go wrong with white trainers. These are the best on the market today.
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 model features an Italian full grain calfskin leather upper, calfskin footbed, cowhide leather counters and waxed cotton laces. Featuring little in the way of details other than a gold-tone brand stamp to the tongue, the Low 1 will style easily with all of your summer ensembles.
VOR has made a name for itself by focussing on only using the best materials available at the time of manufacture. Each shoe is imbued with inspirations ranging from architecture to art, with a noticeably German attention to detail about them.
The 5A Kautschuk for example features a sporty silhouette that retains all that we look for in a sports shoe: comfort and support. Made completely in Germany, the premium full grain leather upper is combined with a sturdy gum sole for a slightly different look to your regular white sneakers.
ETQ Amsterdam sets itself apart from the rest of the luxury sneaker market with its subtly different designs and slightly exaggerated soles. This all-white colourway of the ever-popular LT 01 is immaculate and incredibly easy to wear. The premium Nappa leather upper is backed up by a calf leather lining and insole, so you can rest assured it’ll supply nothing but luxury, comfort and quality.
Founded in Barcelona, SAYE maintains a distinctly retro aesthetic while making use of ethical construction and recycled materials. Famous for planting two trees for every pair of sneakers sold, SAYE blends throwback design with an acute attention to detail, as shown by its Modelo ’89 model. While it does come in an array of colour options, the all-white sneaker is especially easy to wear with everything from shorts and tube socks to black jeans and a knitted polo. In keeping with its sustainability practices, 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 No-2, comes in a breathable perforated suede upper which gives the shoes a sporty feel while ensuring they feel light on the feet. Read our full take on North-89's Breathable collection.
Filling Pieces is renowned for its more fashion-forward sneaker designs, which range from basketball-inspired high tops through to hiking-style walking shoes. But the brand also produces an excellent line in simple white sneakers also, as evident in its Low Plain Court model, which boast a chunky silhouette, an absorbent mesh lining and a cushioned sole.
CQP seeks to blend the comfort of a sneaker with the quality of a traditional leather shoe. Keeping designs as pared-back as possible, the focus is placed on silhouette, material and quality. Take the Racquet for example — the classic low top style is sleek and understated, crafted from the finest Italian leather with arch support and several layers of cushioning for ultimate comfort. The perfect everyday shoe? We think so.
Making use of simple lines and the finest materials available, Uniform Standard’s hand-crafted sneakers are amongst the best value for money minimal sneakers available. The Series 1 is made on a low profile recycled rubber sole, with an Italian calf 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.
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