We can’t think of another shoe style that is as practical, versatile and timeless as the humble white sneaker. Quite frankly, you’re doing your wardrobe a disservice if you don’t have at least one pair close to hand at all times.
Fortunately, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to crisp white kicks, as so many brands offer their own interpretation. Whether you’re looking for a white trainer for smart-casual outfits, a white running shoe, luxury and designer sneakers, or even sneakers in a range of materials, such as sustainable leather or canvas – we’ve got you covered in the list below.
What makes us experts? The DMARGE editorial team has purchased and worn almost every brand on this list. We are trainer aficionados and can vouch for what’s best.
Things to remember when buying and owning white sneakers
- Leather will last longer
- Canvas is great for Summer
- Italian made is best for longevity
- Don’t wear them every day (they need a rest)
We’ve rounded up some of the top trainers for men currently available online, including pairs from both well-known brands and some you might not have heard of before.
Short for time? Here are our top-level recommendations:
|Best All-Round ‘Dress’ Sneaker||Oliver Cabell – 1||$199|
|Best Running Sneaker||Allbirds Tree Dasher 2||$135|
|Best Low Canvas Sneakers||Cariuma OCA Low||$79|
|Best Chunky White Sneakers||Everlane ReLeather Court Sneaker||$110|
|Best Tennis Shoe||On Running The Roger||$140|
|Best Waterproof Sneaker||Vessi Weekend||$145|
|Best Designer Sneaker||Axel Arigato Clean 90||$250|
Oliver Cabell Low 1 White
Best All White Sneaker
For classic style, high-quality materials and affordable pricing, there’s not a lot that can best Oliver Cabell. The Low 1 silhouette is as timeless as they come and for just shy of $200, we can’t think of a better all-white sneaker to add to your shoe collection.
First-Hand Experience: Our editor owned a pair of these and can say they’re comfortable but found they didn’t last as long as Common Projects.
Why we like them: Genuine white leather, well priced.
Allbirds Tree Dasher 2
Best White Running Sneaker
When Allbirds came along with its woollen, machine-washable sneakers in 2016, we have to admit, we were a little baffled. How could they possibly perform up to the standards the company claimed? Well, we hold our hands up and say we were wrong.
Having tried Allbirds sneakers ourselves, we can confidently say they are some of the most comfortable shoes we’ve ever put on our feet. And now, with the second-generation Tree Dasher running shoe on the scene, the experience is better than ever.
With more responsive foam, an even comfier fit and added grip, it’s the perfect shoe for runs and everyday wear. We also love the blizzard white colouring featured above.
The slight off-white nature makes them less in-your-face, a big plus in our opinion, and the minimalist look makes them an absolute breeze to pair with pretty much anything you have in your wardrobe.
First-Hand Experience: Our editor has run in these and they’re a solid everyday running shoe
Best For: Everyday runs, walks, roads, light workouts
Why we like them: Carbon neutral
Cariuma OCA Low
Best Low Canvas Sneaker
If you like low top white sneakers made from sustainable materials, then the Cariuma OCA Low canvas sneakers are the perfect option. Made in ethical factories using a range of materials including raw rubber and cork – and endorsed by surfing legends including Gerry Lopez, Italo Ferreira, Jamie O’Brien and Kai Lenny – the Cariuma OCA Low is a white sneaker you need to consider.
Sole: 100% Vegan Insole
Why we like them: Cheap, without sacrificing quality.
Tropicfeel Geyser Litli B. White
A Great White Sneaker For Travellers
You might not have heard of Tropicfeel before, but the company’s sneakers are up there with the best. This pair of Geyser sneakers have been made with travellers in mind, combining soft and cosy wool with a waterproof membrane, so they can be worn whatever the weather. They’re easy on the eye too if we do say so ourselves.
Material: 82% Recycled Nylon, 10.5% Recycled Elastane
Best For: Travel, Smart casual occasions
Why we like them: Genuine leather, well priced, waterproof
Allbirds Tree Runner
Best Everday Sneaker
It might have runner in the name, but the Allbirds Tree Runner sneakers are a perfect everyday shoe. Lightweight, extremely comfortable and even machine-washable, there’s not a lot they’re not good for.
Best For: Walking, warmer weather, everyday wear
Why we like them: Eucalyptus tree fibre treads
Oliver Cabell Low 1 White Wall
Best Distressed-Look White Sneaker
There has been a recent demand for distressed-looking white sneakers, to save you the hassle and time of making yours look worn-in. While you could spend a fortune on the worn-in look, these Oliver Cabell Low 1 White Wall sneakers offer a far more affordable route to getting the distressed look.
Why we like them: Cheap version of Golden Goose
Best Waterproof Sneaker
These sneakers that are totally waterproof? Sign us up. This pair from Vessi feature a breathable knitted upper, making them lightweight and comfortable, yet they’re 100 percent waterproof so you can wear them without worry come rain or shine.’
Why we like them: Waterproof and perfect for summer
Everlane ReLeather Court Sneaker
Best Affordable White Sneaker
Everlane’s ReLeather Court sneaker takes a tried and tested sneaker silhouette (no prizes for guessing which iconic sneaker it has been based upon), but is now made from recycled leather. Simple, sustainable and affordable, they’re an easy addition to your collection.
For pure-white sneakers, these are hard to beat.
Why we like them: A classic chunky sneaker
Oliver Cabell Low 1 White Gum
Best White Gum Sole Sneakers
We get that not everybody is going to be into the completely all-white look, which is where a gum sole comes into its own. Offering a more retro look, a gum sole also offers a better defence against dirt and water. This pair of Low 1 White Gum sneakers from Oliver Cabell fit the bill perfectly, maintaining a minimalist look, all the while being incredibly practical.
Why we like them: Genuine white leather, well priced.
Allbirds Wool Pipers
A Great Sneaker For Cooler Weather
The Allbirds Wool Pipers arrive in a more classic sneaker style but, being made from Merino wool means they’re cosy, warm and incredibly comfortable. Pair them with everyday outfits or even something a little smarter for something like a cocktail party or a late-night date.
Why we like them: Wool is the future of sneakers
On Running Cloud X
Best Sneakers For Training
The On Running Cloud X are some of the most technically-advanced training shoes you can buy. Combining a range of features that give you support where you need it with the ability to move freely, they may just help to supercharge your running workouts.
Why we like them: Backed by Roger Federer and comfy as hell
Affordable Luxury Sneakers
American footwear brand Koio has taken a timeless low sneaker style and given it a dash of luxury in the Capri. Combining genuine soft leather and a super soft suede heel and contrast accents, they’re easily some of the best luxury sneakers you can buy.
Why we like them: A modern take on a classic sneaker
Allbirds Tree Pipers
Lightweight And Breathable White Sneaker For Warmer Conditions
The Allbirds Tree Pipers are the same as the Wool Pipers, but are made from eucalyptus tree fibres instead, making them incredibly breathable. This makes them a no-brainer if you spend a lot of your time in warmer climates, where keeping your feet cool is an absolute must.
Why we like them: Cheap for kicking around in
On Running The Roger Advantage
Best White Tennis Shoe
It’s only fitting that Roger Federer had a hand in developing one of the best pairs of tennis shoes around. Combining a minimalist, timeless look with On Running’s CloudTec technology for outright comfort, whether you’re walking or running, you have yourself a pair of the best white sneakers for men.
Why we like them: Great take on a classic tennis shoe
Cole Haan Generation Zerøgrand II
Best White Sneakers For Day Trips
Cole Haan doesn’t just make dress shoes, as this pair of Generation Zerøgrand II proves. Using various sustainable materials, including the rubber from the dandelion plant, these are a capable pair of everyday white sneakers for men, offering flexibility, breathability and comfort.
Why we like them: Cole Haan leading the way with cool designs
Greats The Royale
Classic White Sneaker Style With An On-Trend Twist
Brooklyn-based Greats has made the classic men’s white sneaker effortlessly cool with a few genius tweaks, as seen in The Royale. They’re made from full-grain leather and handcrafted, resulting in a pair of everyday white sneakers that match with anything.
Why we like them: Top quality without price tag
On Running Cloudeasy
Best White Sneaker For Active People
For all-day comfort wrapped up in minimalist style, the On Running Cloudeasy are some of the best sneakers around. Using just 15 parts and saving on materials wherever possible, they not only look and feel great, but they’re sustainable too.
Why we like them: Low fuss slip on design
Cole Haan GrandPrø Rally
Best Wide White Sneaker
It’s a fact of life that she men have wider feet than others, and finding sneakers to fit those wide feet can be a pain. This pair of Cole Haan GrandPrø Rally Laser Cut sneakers are available in a range of widths so you can enjoy a comfortable pair of sneakers that don’t look like something you’d find at a bargain shoe store.
Why we like them: Just a very handsome sneaker for work or play
Most Comfortable White Sneakers
A mixture of recycled materials and a bamboo knit fabric make the Cariuma IBI some of the most comfortable sneakers you’ll ever slide your feet into. Machine-washable to keep them looking their best at all times, and the added benefit of having 2 trees planted whenever a pair is bought, you’ll be doing some good for yourself and the planet.
Why we like them: They’re basic but good for everyday
Axel Arigato Clean 90
Best Designer White Sneaker
Swedish brand Axel Arigato is a master of minimal style, and we don’t think you can get a cleaner-looking pair of sneakers than the Clean 90. Handcrafted in Portugal from 100 percent genuine leather, the Clean 90 are a perfectly affordable, yet still luxurious alternative to some of the big name luxury sneaker fashion houses.
Why we like them: In between cheap and luxury
Best White Sneaker For Walking
You might know Fitflop sandals and flip-flops, but you can also find an incredibly accomplished range of sneakers, including the Vitamin. Designed as a sports sneaker for anyone who loves to lead an active lifestyle, they’re incredibly lightweight, while the stretchy knit fabric makes sliding them on a breeze. The stretchiness also means they mould around your foot, giving you support where it’s needed most.
Why we like them: Construction is modern and comfy
Casca Avro Knit
Best Custom-Fit White Sneaker
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.
Why we like them: One of the most comfortable shoes you can buy
Cole Haan Zerøgrand Outpace 2 Running Shoes
Award-Winning White Running Sneaker
Forget the big-name sports brands, if you need a pair of good-looking running shoes look no further than this pair from Cole Haan. The Zerøgrand Outpace 2 running shoe for men is designed for light jogs and gym workouts but with the Superfeel Foam absorbing all kinds of shocks, they’ll happily double up as an effortless pair of everyday white sneakers.
Why we like them: Well priced and looks good
Vessi Everyday Move
Best Waterproof White Running Sneaker
Another great everyday sneaker is the Vessi Everyday Move. Taking care of the essentials such as breathability, comfort and support, the Vessi Everyday Move in white is a waterproof sneaker for men that’s well worth considering.
Why we like them: A good brand, doing good things.
Allbirds Tree Flyers
Best Performance White Runner
Go faster and farther with the new Tree Flyer. Lightweight, super springy, and wildly comfortable, this distance running shoe makes your extra efforts feel effortless.
Why we like them: Lightweight and killer design