White sneakers have rapidly become a menswear cult obsession in Australia and around the world. Their versatility, practicality and timelessness have solidified their place in any modern man’s wardrobe.
Whether you are heading to a job interview, summer wedding or just a dinner at the local with some mates, the cool white sneaker shoe is appropriate for all occasions. Pair them with jeans, shorts or even a suit, it’s safe to say, no matter what’s planned, pull them off correctly, and you’re in for a home run.
If you instead would prefer a fleet of white sneaks’ there is a multitude of different options that suit any and every budget and style. To make your decision (somewhat) easier, we at DMARGE have scrutinised the expansive market and have compiled a list of our favourite low-top, high-top and slip-ons.
Know Your White Sneaker Styles
In recent years low cut white sneakers have transitioned from an on-court icon to every day essential – even if it’s as simple as wearing sneakers with a shirt or sneakers with a suit. Brands like Common Projects, Veja and Brunello Cucinelli have redefined what look like and what their role in a wardrobe is. No matter if you’d prefer a clean-cut silhouette or chunky sole, leather or canvas, there is a sneaker to fit all styles. No matter your shoe preferences for materials or style, there is a low-top for you – even in the cheap sneaker category.
Live in a colder climate? Love Basketball? Want to be Casey Neistat? Whatever your reason, high tops can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Whilst they might seem like a summer staple, white sneakers can add contrast to both dark winter days and outfits as well as providing more practicality and durability to their low-top alternatives.
Difference Between Sneaker Materials That You Need To Know
As you’d expect, white sneakers can not only come in a variety of silhouette styles but in a variety of materials too, such as a leather upper, suede upper or canvas upper, and the material you choose can potentially have an effect on when and where you can wear them.
Know Your Leathers When It Comes To Buying Sneakers & Finding Good Quality
Leather is by far the most popular material choice when it comes to white sneakers for men. White leather not only helps your sneakers look clean and fresh for longer, owing to the fact it is easy to clean, but a real leather sneaker is also incredibly durable. The majority of luxury brands, especially the ones on this list, will use real leather in the construction of their shoes. The common trend of late is to source the leather from tanneries in either Italy or Portugal, and from sustainable tanneries at that. You might still have vegans in a quiver for your material choice, but you can at least be safe in the knowledge the cows that provided the leather were treated in a humane way.
But that segues nicely onto vegan leather, a material that some luxury sneaker manufacturers are making a conscious effort to use in their white sneakers. Vegan leather by its very nature isn’t real leather but is synthetic. Don’t let that make you think it’s of a poorer quality though, as it most certainly isn’t. However, the one disadvantage it does have over real leather is that it isn’t as breathable, so you’re more likely to end up with sweaty feet. But hey, at least you’ll have a planet to live on.
Not All Suedes Are Made The Same
Suede is a type of leather, made from the underside of animal skin. It’s much softer than the outer, full-grain leather obtained from animals, so lends itself to being used for sneaker linings. It can, however, be used as the main material for sneakers, but because of its more porous nature, is better suited for wearing in summer months when there’s much less chance of rain.
Cool Canvas Is Perfect For Summer
Championed by the likes of Converse, canvas is a perfect material for casual white sneakers – although it can be fashioned in virtually any colour you can think of. By its very nature, canvas is more of a cloth, so doesn’t provide much in the way of support for your foot and ankle. It’s because of this that you usually find canvas sneakers coming with a thick, chunky rubber sole to help provide cushioning and support. You may also think canvas isn’t easy to care for, but on the contrary, as long as you remove surface dirt first, you can throw your white canvas sneakers in the washing machine to help bring their fresh white colouring back to life.
Now you’re clued up on the styles and materials, it’s time for you to learn how to style your white sneakers with a variety of outfits, from casual ensemble jeans and t-shirts to a suit. You can find out how to wear white sneakers here.
White Sneakers FAQ
How to clean white sneakers?
Leather sneakers are best treated with soapy water and a leather pen. Canvas sneakers can be thrown in the wash.
What goes best with white sneakers?
Luckily the best white sneakers go with most jeans, shorts, and chinos. In some cases, a crisp pair of white sneakers will go with a suit. Just ensure your suit is well-tailored and the trousers are the correct length.
Why are white sneakers so popular?
White sneakers are popular because of their simplicity and versatility. They can be worn with almost anything. We would also hazard a guess that with so many factories around the world making sneakers, they have become very affordable too.
What brands and styles are the most popular for white sneakers?
The most popular brands and styles of white sneakers for men are the Nike Air Force 1, Converse Chuck Taylor, and Adidas Stan Smith. However, just because the Air Force 1, Chuck Taylor All Star, and Stan Smith are the most popular, doesn't necessarily mean they're the best white sneakers. The best white sneakers are the ones that are the most comfortable on your foot and suit your personal style & wardrobe. All the brands featured below make impeccable white sneakers for men, so take a look and decide what brand and style of sneakers are best for you.
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The OCA Low in off-white rock a classically casual low-top silhouette but employ lightweight cushioning to remain comfortable for all-day wear.
Designed as an everyday sneaker but benefitting from On's CloudTech rubber sole and Speedboard technologies to provide exceptional comfort and stability. They also look damn cool too, no matter which colour you opt for, although the white leather ones are oh so cool.
The Avro Knit is, as the name suggests, made from a knitted fabric for the upper section. This bends and conforms to your feet and gives them air to breathe. The default insole is thicker and more cushioned than what you're likely to find on other pairs but if you want truly custom shoes, you can scan your feet and send the dimensions to Casca, who will 3D-print a pair of insoles to ensure you get the optimum fit; best white sneakers alert.
Koio has two main styles of sneaker, a court and a low-top, and it's the latter we've selected. The Capri sneaker employs a visually similar low-top design to others on this list, being incredibly minimal in its design approach. It's available in a multitude of colours, but the all-white is a particular favourite. It's made from full-grain calf leather, with yet more of the buttery-soft stuff found inside. A Margom sole adds durability and cushioning, making these leather sneakers suitable for all-day wear.
The Runner weighs just 500 grams a pair, taking a classic silhouette and completely modernising it. OrthoLite insoles provide all-day comfort and a leather outer makes for easy cleaning.
These off-white unlined sneakers will, by the very fact they're unlined, be incredibly comfortable right from the get-go, with no real 'break-in' period needed. The off-white colouring provides a stylish alternative to a sea of bright white sneakers, yet their minimalist design means they'll pair with absolutely anything.
While we would normally recommend a low-top pair (and we still would) this mid-top pair of the Achilles silhouette retains the same good looks as its lower-top sibling, complete with the gold numbers printed on the heel that relate to the size, style and colour, with a mid-style height still being capable of being paired with a suit or jeans. When it comes to buying the best white sneakers, you can't go wrong with Common Projects.