White sneakers will never go out of style. Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall… crisp white or well-worn, a pair of white sneakers work just as well with a sundress as with black jeans and a leather jacket.
Here are our recommendations for the best classic white sneakers.
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Best White Sneakers for Women
1. Italian Leather White Sneakers
M. Gemi makes the perfect sophisticated lace up sneaker.
With clean lines, waxed laces and a minimalist profile, this is the kind of white sneaker that works with even the dressiest outfit. Pair it with a slip dress for an outdoor summer party or with blue jeans for Sunday morning bagel runs.
The sneakers come in a rainbow of colors but naturally, we love the white option. All are super comfy, thanks to cushy rubber bottoms and soft leather uppers that mold to your feet with time.
What makes them different? The craftsmanship! These sneakers are made from genuine leather and hand stitched to their soles in Italy. The result is a true-to-size, extra comfortable sneaker, good for all day walking and standing.
2. Adidas Stan Smith
It doesn’t get more classic than Adidas. This is the white sneaker that every other white sneaker is copied from!
The original Stan Smiths were distinctive thanks to a green patch on the back but the updated all white option is our favorite. Other than some perforated holes on the sides, these Adidas white sneakers have remained surprisingly true to their original silhouette!
If you want a sleek, low profile white sneaker that goes with every outfit, in every season, get these.
3. White Slip On Sneaker
Prefer a white shoe that’s a bit more effortless?
We love these slip on leather sneakers from Steve Madden. They’re crisp, clean and great with cutoff light wash jeans or shorts. Slip on sneakers are our go-to for days when we’ll be running around all day or casual dates.
These have a cute low platform to give you an extra height boost and come in a whole host of other colors. Best of all, they’re super comfortable straight out of the box!
The heel is padded and rounded, to prevent blisters, but we do recommend no-show socks to keep your feet from sweating. They fit true to size, but will be slightly tight when you first wear them. Don’t worry – they stretch out to mold to your feet once you wear them!
There’s something effortlessly cool and nostalgic about low top Chuck Taylors. The silhouette is iconic, slightly rebellious and popular the world over. Pair them with even the most girly dress and you’ll instantly elevate your outfit to something a little less sweet and more edgy.
My only caveat is these shoes are really cute, but not meant for all day walking. I’d opt for a more traditional, padded sneaker if you’re looking for a walking shoe.
For a budget white sneaker (these are just $50!) you can’t go wrong with iconic Converse shoes.
5. Common Projects Achilles
Looking for a designer white sneaker?
These white leather sneakers are the epitome of classic cool. Not only are they unisex, they’re all white for a truly minimalist look. They have just a tiny gold stamp on the heel identifying the style and size… and let’s face it, shouting out to others in the know that these are a luxury shoe.
Common Projects are entirely sourced and sewn in Italy. At this price point, you’re getting a truly high quality white sneaker that will last for years.
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How to Clean White Sneakers
Right out of the box
Spray your white sneakers with a stain and liquid repellent like this one. These are essential for creating a protective barrier around the fabric so potential dirt and puddles will roll off and be easier to remove. Use this on any of your white shoes, but especially white sneakers like Converse which are made from canvas.
White sneakers require just a bit more maintenance than other shoes. In a city like New York where I’m walking everywhere, I take a minute or two when I get home to check for any dirty stains. I’m not going to lie – it’s definitely tedious and not for everyone.
If you want white shoes to stay white, use a stiff brush like this one to gently wipe off any stains or scuffs the day they happen. The longer stains have a chance to sink into the fabric, the more risk they’ll permanently set.
Another great option? Mr. Clean! We use these magic erasers for scuffs on our walls and they’re great at spot cleaning white shoes too. Or, if you don’t have any of these on hand, dip an old toothbrush into some vinegar and rub it on the stain.
I wouldn’t make a habit of doing this, but if your white shoes are fabric based (not leather or suede) and extremely, deeply dirty, you can put them in a delicates wash bag and run them through a delicate cycle. Add in a little baking soda to the wash for get an extra white result.
The strength and spin of a washing machine drum can ruin shoes, so opt for this as a last resort. I also like to take the laces out and let them wash in the cycle separate from the shoes. That way the machine can clean the entire lace.
After, let them dry indoors away from the sun. Stick in some old magazines or paper towels to help soak up moisture and allow them to dry faster.