Sneaker trends come and go, but the best white sneakers are always in style. White tennis shoes have achieved staple status in the contemporary man’s wardrobe due to their practicality and timeless appeal, but there’s equal cred to be found in white trainers. Because, unlike their coloured counterparts, white shoes for men are simply a blank canvas, allowing you to seamlessly add them to any look. Under most circumstances, you don’t want to design your outfit around your sneakers so a pair of white sneaks is exactly what you’re after.
19 Best White Sneakers for Men
The laidback versatility of white sneakers makes them an appropriate sartorial addition to a multitude of engagements, from afternoon drinks and summer weddings to job interviews and casual offices. Team them with shorts, jeans, or chinos for a failsafe casual outfit, or opt for tailored separates or suits for an elevated look.
To make it easier for you to choose the right kicks, we’ve sifted through the extensive range of options and narrowed it down to our top picks.
Here is a list of the best white sneakers for men.
1. Nike Air Force 1
None is more recognisable than white on white Air Force 1’s. You literally can’t write about white sneakers without mentioning them. This white sneaker for men and women was originally named after Air Force One – the plane that carries the U.S. President – Nike’s iconic Airforce One sneakers launched in 1982 and were the first basketball shoe to carry Nike Air technology. The current Nike Airforce Ones are more about the look, crafted from supple white leather with the Nike swoosh emblazoned on the lateral sides. Just do us a favour and keep your whites crispy – that means clean – for the uneducated.
Colourway: White/ White (White on White)
Release date: 11/24/2007
Price: from AU$99-158
2. adidas Stan Smith White Green (OG)
Created in 1971, Stan Smiths are one of the first white tennis sneakers. These leather kicks capture the essence of the originals, with a green contrast heel tab and perforated three stripes branding on the lateral sides. You can wear Stan Smiths with anything and look fly, they’re the best ‘beater’ sneakers ever in our own humble and biased opinion. Without a doubt, these are the most versatile sneakers ever.
Colourway: Running White/ Running White/ Fairway
3. Reebok Club C 85
Reebok’s Club C 85 sneaker is a blast from the past. The soft leather upper lends these low-cut kicks an elevated look, while the midsole cushioning makes for a superior feel. Reebok’s traditional window logo box runs laterally across the quarter panels, while the Reebok name is emblazoned atop the heel counter. The versatile nature retro nature of these sneakers make them perfect for most styles of dressing, from athleisure to business casual. There’s a pretty good reason everyone’s wearing them.
Colourway: White/ Green
4. adidas Ultra Boost 2.0 Triple White
While it’s been a minute since Kanye West has worn a pair publicly, these were and are one of the most sought after white sneakers on the market. While Kanye himself wore a pair of the 1.0’s and made the price skyrocket accordingly, these 2.0’s are about half the price and we prefer the hits of off white on the toe area as well as the reflective heel. Our mate @shoezen.one styles the 1.0’s perfectly in the feature image, no show socks are essential, this is a hot boy summer after all.
Colourway: White/ White/ White (Triple White)
Release date: 04/29/2016
Price: from AU$115-220
5. Oliver Cabell Low 1
The Oliver Cabell Low 1 in off white might be the best value white dress shoe on this list. Not only is this the best Common Projects alternative we’ve ever got our hands-on, but the brand has over 636 five star reviews so this white sneaker for men will undoubtedly elevate your business casual outfit to a whole new level. With the iconic low-top silhouette, each sneaker is handcrafted in the Marche region of Italy out of soft calfskin leather and Margom outsoles.
Construction: Hand stitched and lasted in Marche, Italy
Upper: 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy
Outsole: Margom Italian outsoles — renowned for their durable, lightweight rubber
Footbed: Italian calf-skin over removable moulded insole
Lining: Italian calfskin leather
Counters: 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy
Laces: Italian cotton
6. Vans Authentic
White sneakers are all about simplicity, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this. The ever-popular Vans Authentic is the original, iconic Vans. A low-top design with a simple, streamlined silhouette, the Authentic features reinforced metal eyelets, Vans’ signature waffle outsole and not much else. Barebones and simple, just how most Vans fans like it. We recommend wearing these casually with a coloured t-shirt and jeans or shorts.
Materials: Durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans signature waffle outsole.
7. Lacoste Graduate BL 1
Crafted from leather and textile, Lactose’s low-top Graduate BL 1 white tennis shoes are an easy to wear, minimalist sneaker, ideal for casual looks. The iconic Lacoste crocodile features on the lateral side combine with a simple sleek rubber outsole for a great white sneaker that will go with anything.
Materials: Leather and synthetic uppers, Leather outsole, Textile linings
Colourway: White/ White
8. New Balance 550
What started with the Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 550 has transformed into an all-out onslaught of general release colourways. This includes the new White/ Grey colourway seen here featuring a perforated leather upper set atop a rubber boot-style footbed. New Balance might’ve had the biggest year out of everyone in 2020, and for 2021 they’re turning things up a notch with a great lineup of models and soon to be sought after colourways. The 550 has to be the must-have white sneaker for men this summer.
Colourway: White/ Grey
Price: from AU$250-290
9. Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Parchment
Created in 1917 as a non-skid basketball shoe, the Converse Chuck 70 celebrates the original Chuck Taylor All Star with the addition of contemporary details. Some vintage elements are retained on the low-top style, including stitching on the sidewall and a heavier canvas upper. You’ll also notice that the canvas gives this white sneaker for men more of an ‘off white’ hue which we love, and prefer. As is the case with pretty much every Converse Chuck on the market, pair it with anything and look sorted.
Materials: Durable, organic cotton canvas, thicker rubber sole, OrthoLite cushioning
10. Stepney Workers Dellow Leather
Hailing from East London, Stepney Workers Club delivers a low-key 90s style white sneaker that delivers interest through an oversized rubber outsole.
Material: Premium leather, durable vulcanised rubber sole and high-wall foxings.
11. adidas Continental 80 White Scarlet Navy
Take it back to the 80s with these retro white tennis sneakers. Yeezy’s Powerphase white sneakers derive their inspiration from the Adidas Continental 80, however, the originals are easier to find (and cheaper). Team with athleisure, streetwear, or casual looks for an all-around winner.
Colourway: Cloud White/ Scarlet/ Collegiate navy
Release date: 01/01/2019
12. Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
A list of the best white sneakers for men simply wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Common Projects. And while they might be a bit played out at this point, no sneaker rotation is complete without them. We suggest turning away from the norm of chinos and a button-up and aiming for something a little more style conscience the next time your wear your Achilles or you might be mistaken for another ‘normo’ CP sheep. Don’t say nobody warned you.
Materials: 80% Leather 20% Various Materials
13. Converse Jack Purcell
Originally designed and worn by badminton world champion Jack Purcell in 1935, these Converse are a timeless footwear option. The signature ‘smile’ branding in black on the toe cap is juxtaposed against the otherwise all-white low-top men’s sneakers. Converse’s minimalist Jack Purcell sneakers are ideal for athleisure and off-duty casual looks, or even paired with heritage workwear staples like wool trousers, flannel button-downs, and chore coats. How do we know these are stylish? Well, it turns out they were the footwear of choice for Charles and Ray Eames.
Colourway: White/ White/ Black
14. Maison Margiela Tabi
The most controversial white sneaker for men on this list comes from French luxury fashion house Maison Margiela. The infamous Tabi Sneakers feature a low-top lace-up design crafted from canvas, most notable is the standout Tabi cleft toe which splits the shoe in half. Many speculated that this would be a mere fashion trend, but these are and will be cool for a long time.
Brand: Maison Margiela
Active shoe style: Casual, Court
15. Puma Heritage Basket Classic Sneakers
An archival sneaker from the 1970s, Puma has updated the Basket Classic design with their current Deluxe innovations whilst retaining the original sneaker’s basket tooling. The resultant sneaker features a soft tonal leather on leather upper replete with the Puma formstrip on the lateral sides and a contrasting gum outsole. These retro kicks pair well with rolled cuff denim or athleisure looks.
Material: Rubber outsole, lace closure for a snug fit, PUMA Formstrip at medial and lateral side.
Colourway: White/ White
16. UGG South Bay Sneaker Low Canvas
UGG produces a lot more than sheepskin boots for pumpkin-spice sipping American college girls. Take the South Bay Sneakers for example; lightweight low-tops that pay homage to the 1970s skating culture of California. Crafted from full-grain leather, these white sneakers for men boast a clean silhouette that works in any sartorial environment.
Materials: Canvas upper, Suede overlays, Cotton laces
17. Superga 2750 Cotu Classic
A timeless silhouette that originated in 1911, the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic is a street style staple. The simple tennis shoe is composed of canvas and comes with a vulcanised gum sole.
Materials: Premium canvas upper, fully breathable pure cotton, vulcanised gum sole.
Colourway: Pure white
18. Cole Haan GrandPrø Rally Court Sneaker
United States-based luxury shoes and accessories brand Cole Haan is a mecca of minimalist shoes with clean silhouettes. The Grand Crosscourt II sneakers are no exception; these white low top sneakers make the ideal blank canvas for any look, with fluting detail on the EVA outsole being the only form of decor. Crafted from leather, they’re lightweight and utilise comfort technology for a superior feel.
Materials: Leather uppers, rubberized EVA outsole for durability, Ortholite footbed breathability.
Colourway: Optic White
19. Everlane The Court Sneaker
Everlane’s The Court Sneaker is made to last. Designed to be worn every day, these white tennis sneakers feature 100% Full-grain leather from Saigon TanTec, a Gold-Certified tannery. With a sole construction that features a blend of natural and recycled – 94.2% free of virgin plastic rubber this is one of the best environmentally friendly white sneakers for men.
Carbon footprint: 100% offset in partnership with NativeEnergy.
Upper: 100% Full-grain leather from Saigon TanTec.
Sole: 100% Recycled polyester lining
What are the best white sneakers for men?
When looking for the best white sneakers for men, you really can't go past a pair of white on white Nike Air Force 1's. If they aren't your style try a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths for the best white tennis sneakers on the market.
What are the best white leather sneakers for men?
You'd struggle to go past the Common Projects Original Achilles low when looking for the best white leather sneakers for men. At $500+ they aren't the most cost-effect however. If you're looking for the best value for money we recommend checking out the Oliver Cabell 1 low.