26 White Sneakers You Need To Dirty Up, ASAP

Ray Lowe

While sneakers get their fair share of fashion love, there's one from the bunch that stands the test of time as a shoe-rotation regular: the white sneaker. From retro high-topped dunks to luxe-material performance trainers, this classic rubber-soled kick is one of the most enduring footwear trends to date.

Sporting white trainers fresh from the box may feel like a dangerous endeavor, but keeping a new pair pristine is an impossible dream. (Besides, any good sneaker will look way better scuffed up and bearing the battle scars of its adventures.) Our advice? Don’t fear the (white) sneaker — just click through to see all the pale-hued “tennies” we love, along with our picks across every category.

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The White Platform Sneaker

Part hiking boot, part raver attire, and entirely on-trend, the foot-swallowing chunky platform sneaker is quickly becoming a must-have. For style-conscious urban trekkers whose footwear must withstand both schlep-heavy day jobs followed by late-night warehouse dance parties, this trainer is the perfect combination of form and function.

Fila Ray Tracer Sneaker, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Pretty Little Thing White Triple Sole Cleated Chunky Sneakers, $, available at Pretty Little Thing

& Other Stories Platform Leather Sneakers, $, available at & Other Stories

Superga 2790 Sneaker with Outsole Lettering, $, available at Superga

The Athletic White Sneaker

Bro: do you even lift… in white sneakers? If your gym look or running ‘fit feels incomplete without a pair of snow-colored kicks, check out one of these high-performance and workout-friendly pairs. They are called trainers, after all.

PUMA Prowl Alt Sweet Women’s Training Shoes Women Shoe T, $, available at eBay

Adidas Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe, $, available at Amazon

Allbirds Tree Runners, $, available at Allbirds

New Balance New Balance 624, $, available at New Balance

APL Techloom Breeze, $, available at Zappos

The White Slip-On Sneaker

If you can’t deal with a single bell or whistle on your footwear, may we suggest the white slip-on sneaker? As a foot-cover lacking in frippery, it’s traditionally favored by skateboarding enthusiasts that require a sleek silhouette to prevent trips-up. However, as these things do, the style has seeped into everyday wear, and it’s now a must-have for weekend outings, travel, and if you’re lucky, the office.

Keds Double Decker Floral Eyelet, $, available at Keds

Vans Vans Unisex Classic Slip-On Skate Shoe, $, available at Vans

Lugz Clipper Sneaker, $, available at Amazon

Ugg Bren Slip-On Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom

The Classic White Sneaker

If you’re going to wear a classic color like white, you may want to choose an equally classic style — something recognizable from grainy pop-culture images circa 1987 (or, in the case of Chuck Taylors, 1917). This is a tremendously difficult category to narrow down, as the last few decades have seen scores of iconic styles from all around the globe. So consider this an edited sampling of some of our favorite throwback styles that are still very much of the moment.

Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Leather Hi Top, $, available at Zappos

Nike Women's Shoe Nike Classic Cortez, $, available at Nike

Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker, $, available at Urban Outfitters

The “Minimal” White Sneaker

With a low-cut ankle, a rounded toe, and pin-straight laces lined up in neat little rows, the “minimal” sneaker is favored by the fashion types that globe-trot among capitals of hipness like New York, Copenhagen, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose this style for your next gallery opening or natural wine tasting.

Time and Tru Court Shoe, $, available at Walmart

Kenneth Cole New York Kam Leather Sneaker, $, available at Kenneth Cole

H&M Minimal Sneakers, $, available at H&M

Need Supply Esplar Leather Sneaker in Extra White, $, available at VEJA

Cole Haan GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker, $, available at Cole Haan

The Designer White Sneaker

With sneakers fully part of the fashion canon, designer brands big and small are applying their unique point of views to the category. Whether it’s an eco-forward trainer almost entirely free of virgin plastic or a logo-ed Scarpa da tennis from a red-hot Italian heritage brand, fashion sneakers have never been more footloose or fancy-free.

Everlane The Trainer, $, available at Everlane

Gucci Ace watersnake-trimmed embroidered leather sneakers, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Alexander McQueen Leather Sneakers, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Golden Goose White Hi Slide Sneakers, $, available at SSENSE

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