“I got grass stains on my brand new white trainers, (on my brand new white trainers)”. Yes indeed, these are lyrics to Rizzle Kicks’ ‘Down with the Trumpets’ but it’s also a spiritual mantra to live by. There’s no better feeling than buying a pair of all-white sneakers for the summer, even if we do get them dirty by the first outing.
Think Paul Newman in Jack Purcells or Jonah Hill in adidas and Prada’s Luna Rossa, few shoes are as iconic as a pristine white sneaker. While the design may differ, the effortlessness and undying chic qualities of the all-white sneaker hasn’t changed. However, over the years, we’ve all relied on the comfort of certain shoe models. Think of the Stan Smith, Air Force 1’s and Vans Slip-Ons. These are all classics don’t get us wrong, but we feel there’s scope to get more creative. And what better time to do it than the summer?
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When the sun is out, and the ground is (hopefully) dry, nothing looks better than a pair of blindingly bright white sneakers to have on your feet. Also don’t forget, every sneaker looks better when worn with shorts, I will debate this fact until my very last breath.
So whether you fancy going ‘gorp’ with athletic-inspired footwear or you appreciate the Italian crafted leather of luxury sneakers, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled 15 of the best all-white sneakers to make you stand out, even if by the end of a kickabout they’re about three shades darker than they were before.
Li-Ning Furious Rider Ace 1.5, US$209 / £175
Comme Des Garçons Play X Converse Chuck Taylor Multi Heart 1970s Hi, US$180 / £130
Reebok + Maison Margiela Project o Club C Printed Leather Sneakers, US$300 / £250
RHUDE Rhecess Logo-Appliquéd Distressed Leather Sneakers, US$495 / £335
Saint Laurent SL/06 Court Classic Logo-Embroidered Leather Sneaker, US$595 / £475
Common Projects Men’s Original Achilles Low Sneaker, US$397 / £290
Salomon XT-6, US$220 / £155
adidas x Fucking Awesome Experiment 2 Shoes, US$105 / £90
Novesta Star Master Classic, US$75 / £55
Givenchy Urban Street Leather Sneakers, US$583 / £425
Rick Owens White Leather Sneakers, US$955 / £600
Converse x Kim Jones Chuck 70 High Top, US$160 / £140
Air Jordan 1 Mid, US$145 / £104.99
Acne Studio Rockaway Tumbled Sneakers, US$490 / £390
Axel Arigato Marathon sneakers, US$225 / £210