Best White Sneakers For Men
Shopping For Sneakers? Keep It Classic With These White Kicks
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Let’s not treat this like an orientation for contemporary fashion trends. You damn well know a fresh pair of all-white sneakers is an essential wardrobe piece. In the eyes of style elitists, it’s practically a fashion commandment, so you’re obligated to own at least one good pair, though you’d be selling yourself short by not stocking up on several.
A lot of thought should go into picking the perfect pair. Everything from maintenance to materials comes into play. The former doesn’t prove to be such a complication these days since there are some incredible cleaning kits and brilliant hacks to help you get rid of sneaker stains, though you’ll always want to zero in on some other keys factors that make owning an all-white pair worth the investment.
Avid sneaker collector and one of the industry’s top sneaker influencers, Jacques Slade, knows this all too well. When Slade’s not sharing the latest sneaker trends on his near-million-subscriber YouTube channel, dude is educating his viewers on the essentials of footwear. “Worrying about keeping white shoes clean is one thing, but you don’t want to do that and be uncomfortable at the same time,” says Slade.
Tor Southard, adidas Category Director of Running Footwear, shares the same sentiments: “Look for a sneaker that’s going to be comfortable throughout those long summer days – the most important elements to get you through the heat are comfort and breathability.” What more co-signs you need?
Yes, every man has his own personal style. What looks good on your favorite celeb’s feet might not look so flattering on yours. Style can also be something determined based on region as Slade points out: “While the West Coast would prefer something a little simpler like a Chuck Taylor or Common Projects, the men of the East Coast would much rather take to the streets in a Nike Air Force One or maybe a nice clean adidas Superstar.” Facts.
The great news is you have options. Tons, if anything. And you won’t need to kill yourself searching for them since we’ve already done the legwork and assembled a collection for you. Make some room in the closet as we break down the best white sneakers money can buy.
Nike Air Force 1
Nothing speaks to casual sneakerheads more than the iconic silhouette of the Air Force 1. Still one of the best-selling kicks of all time, they’re a flat, yet universally favored option with serious mass appeal as Slade likes to point out: “It’s definitely bigger and bulkier than most would want to wear during the summer, but the classic look and the way it can be worn across styles gives it a pass in all circles.” Available in a myriad of colorways and styles, sticking to the low-cut, all-white AF1 is always a win.
$90.00 at Nordstrom.com
Adidas Originals NMD R1 Sneaker
The Adidas NMD R1 OG set a standard for modern lifestyle kicks. This all-white alternation follows its lead, opting for a more streamlined design inspired by ‘80s racing heritage and outdoor trail gear. Responsive cushioning mated with a stretch-mesh upper helps deliver all the comfort one desires from an athletic shoe. Some of the other niche features from the reflective details to the gum shoe bottom bless it with urban edge as well.
$112.07 at Amazon.com
Common Projects Original Achilles
Slade believes that “if you’re looking to show up and show out, something simple like the Common Projects works just as well.” Is the sneaker hella pricey? Absolutely. It also epitomizes what many might consider to be the ‘essential’ white sneaker look. Get past the heavy price tag and you’ll discover a gorgeous logo-less walkabout with top-notch construction best exhibited by its Italian-leather design. Premium quality doesn’t come cheap.
$410.00 at Nordstrom.com
Converse Chuck Taylor High Top
Rooted in nostalgia, the Chuck Taylor is a pop culture fixture that’s been adopted by numerous subcultures – virtually worn by everyone from anti-fashion punksters to professional athletes. It’s a sneaker that suits all personalities and styles. “If you are dressing down, the canvas uppers work best, but if you are dressing up, the leather uppers make for a better showing,” says Slade.
$55.00 at Nordstrom.com
Vans Classic Slip-On
Fashionable for all the same reasons as the Chuck Taylor Low, the Vans Slip-On is another low-top sneaker that Slade believes “stands the test of time and can make any outfit look fresh regardless of the way you dress.” Easy to slip in or take off, these are the perfect low-profile sneakers to kick back in whether you’re on a garden rooftop or yacht deck. Build quality is spot-on with a solid waffle outsole that provides nice traction when maneuvering across slippery surfaces. Come to think of it, these can also double as a summer boat shoe.
$42.50 at Amazon.com
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2
The original VaporMax got over huge with the sneaker community, especially Air Max fanatics. Nike didn’t hesitate to put its second-gen model into production and just in time for availability this summer. The end result: a lighter and more flexible sneaker that maintains the cutting-edge design of its predecessor. The VaporMax Flyknit 2 features a redesigned Swoosh and sees silver detailing along the heel that adds to its distinctive and futuristic presence.
$190.00 at Footlocker.com
Reebok Classic Leather
Reebok’s always had a penchant for creating clean and comfortable kicks. This signature shoe was dubbed by fashion experts and sneaker bloggers as the “summer shoe for music festivals.” They ain’t lying. The Classic Leather is just one of those timeless designs that feels and looks pleasant to sport thanks to breathable fabric, cushioned materials, and the forever-distinctive gum sole that adds flair to any tracksuit.
$74.95 at Nordstrom.com
ETQ Low 1
Another luxury shoe known for its no-frill and sleek presentation, this low-top sneaker shares the same minimalist silhouette as some of your other favorite luxe, ivory-colored footwear, only with a more superior build. Much of its design is crafted from calf leather from the lining to the upper, with a flat rubber cupsole unit that extends comfort. If they’re stylish enough for your favorite Euro-fashion bloggers to rock, don’t sell yourself short.
$227.00 at ETQ-Amsterdam.com
Air Jordan AJ 1 Mid
At some point in life, a man drops coin on a pair of Jordans. Depending on your style, these triple-white dunkers can either make for great basketball sneakers you don’t mind dirtying up or the freshest mid-tops to pair with a blazer and slim-fit denim jeans. The full white leather upper and tonal branding make them noticeable in any crowd, whereas keeping them in mint condition might earn your god status amongst hypebeasts.
$110.00 at Nike.com
New Balance for J.Crew 791
Footwear and fashion house collabs always result in some of the dopest one-off creations. This retro variant of the New Balance 791 has been updated with an all-white upper leather, perforated NB logo, and fleece lining, while impressively keeping intact its simple, classic styling. It’s a sportier alternative to the Stan Smith that you can cop in multiple white colorways, though only exclusively at J. Crew.
$75.00 at Jcrew.com
Adidas Tubular Shadow
Retro not your style? The Tubular series stands out as a technical runner that promotes the “comfort of modern material and technology.” The breathable Primeknit upper, rope laces, and tubular midsole give it a contemporary look that compliments most ensembles. Then you have the low-cut design and plush cushioning that enhances functionality and mobility. Slipping into these is a breeze with the innovative wrap closure ensuring pleasant all-day fit.
$75.64 at Amazon.com
Nike Soldier XII SFG
Much like The King’s offseason moves, these Lebron XII’s came out of nowhere and look to be a Foot Locker exclusive at the moment. The clean-cut colorway with icy soles give the sneakers a ruggedly chic appearance tailor-made for royalty. Nike also keeps the signature dual dynamic strap system untouched to ensure a customizable, lockdown fit. This is looking like a limited release that diehard collectors and Lebron fanboys might want to get their hands on before succumbing to the overpriced agony of the resellers market.
$140.00 at Footlocker.com
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