Sneaker trends come and go, but the best white sneakers are forever. 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 are simply a blank canvas, allowing you to seamlessly add them to any look. In our expert opinion, you never want to design your outfit around your sneakers (no matter how ‘rare’ they might be, talking to you sneakerheads) so a pair of white sneaks is exactly what you’re after.
How Man of Many Chose This List of White Sneakers
When it comes to choosing the best white sneakers for men, expertise is key. Man of Many has remained an active member of the sneaker sub-culture since we were founded in 2012, and today, remain focused on all the latest sneaker news, reviews, and more as we continue providing the best sneaker information in Men’s Lifestyle. In the case of white sneakers, it’s all about simplicity, availability, and price point. While our list includes sneakers that range between $100 and $600 there are great white sneakers for men to be found at all ends of the price range. Most importantly, all the shoes below will remain in stock, with limited releases removed. Now, let’s check out the list.
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.
- Best white sneakers overall: Nike Air Force 1
- Best for casual wear: adidas Stan Smith
- Best for formal occasions: Common Projects Achilles Low
- Best for streetwear style: New Balance 550
To make it easier for you to choose the right kicks, Man of Many has sifted through the extensive range of options and narrowed it down to our top picks. Here’s our list of the best white sneakers for men.
1. Nike Air Force 1
No white sneaker on the planet is more recognisable than a classic pair of white Nike Air Force 1’s. In fact, we couldn’t put together a list of white sneakers without mentioning them. Originally named after the Air Force One – the plane that carries the U.S. President – Nike’s iconic AF1 sneakers launched in 1982 and were the first basketball shoe to carry Nike Air technology.
Today, the sneakers have taken on a history of their own away from basketball. They’ve transcended the sneaker subculture, moving from the streets of Brooklyn to the suburbs where they’ve created a new ‘dirty sneaker’ trend. And while they’re more about the look than function, the Nike Air unit in the heel still carries high levels of comfort for a shoe that was designed in the 1980s. We love the supple white leather upper with the classic Nike swoosh emblazoned on the lateral sides. Just do us a favour and keep your white-on-whites crispy clean.
Materials: Leather upper, foam midsole, rubber outsole.
Price: from $160 AUD
2. Oliver Cabell Low 1
The Oliver Cabell Low 1 in white might be the best-value white shoes on this list for both formal and casual wear. We’ve been talking about this brand for a long time, and for good reason, because not only is this the best Common Projects alternative we’ve ever had our hands on, but the brand has more five-star reviews than you can poke a stick at so the people clearly agree. When you’re looking for a white sneaker for men to elevate your business casual outfit to a whole new level, you can’t look past the Low 1. Each sneaker is handcrafted in the Marche region of Italy out of soft calfskin leather and incorporated Margom outsoles into the mix for all-day comfort.
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.
Price: from $390 AUD
3. adidas Stan Smith
We have a serious soft spot for the coveted adidas Stan Smith. Making our short list of the greatest sneakers of all time, the shoe single handily created the idea of ‘white sneakers’ as we know them when it was introduced in 1971. A tennis shoe first and foremost, the man behind the shoes ‘Stan Smith’ is equally as enthralling and remains a friend of the adidas brand today.
In terms of style, we love the overall shape of the silhouette. It has enough detail to remind you they’re a sneaker at heart with the perforated three-stripe detailing on the lateral side. The choice between models is as simple as deciding which colour you’d like on the heel tab – green in our case. The shoe remains as perfect as ever, and we stand by the idea that these are the ultimate one size fits all shoes.
Materials: Primegreen upper, made from a series of high-performance recycled materials.
Colourway: Cloud White/ Cloud White/ Green
Price: from $160 AUD
4. Reebok Club C 85
For us, the Reebok Club C 85 is more than a blast from the past, it’s an affordable white sneaker for men with loads of style. We love how the soft leather upper has a forward-facing arrowhead design, and when you pair that with the white midsole and black accents it creates one of our favourite sneakers for everyday wear. Seriously, there’s a good chance that we’re wearing these four or five days out of the week and buying two or three pairs at a time to have a few backups.
In terms of style, Reebok’s traditional window logo box runs laterally across the quarter panels, while the brands logo is emblazoned atop the heel counter. The versatile nature retro nature of these sneakers makes them perfect for most styles of dressing, from athleisure to business casual. There’s a pretty good reason everyone’s wearing them.
Material: Soft leather upper, moulded sock liner.
Colourway: White/ White/ Black
Price: from $140 AUD
5. 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 a host of white colourways, including our favourites, the white and grey colourway seen here. As is the case with every New Balance model, quality is at the forefront and the BB550 is no different. The shoe features a perforated leather upper set atop a rubber boot-style footbed for comfort. Pair these with some Carharrt double-knee pants for all the social media influencer steeze you can muster, alternatively, grab some linen trousers for summer wear.
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Features: Premium leather upper, lace-up closure for a secure fit.
Colourway: White/ Grey
Price: from $190 AUD
6. Common Projects Original Achilles Low
A list of the best white sneakers for men simply wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Common Projects. And it’s just in time because we’re predicting a comeback for these white sneakers for men as we move into the new year. We’ve held onto our pair of CPs for the last few years and have worn them more often than some of our most coveted sneakers, in fact, we believe that no sneaker rotation is complete without a pair.
In order to pull these off today, look away from the norm of chinos and a button-up shirt and aim for something a little more style conscience the next time your wear your Achilles. Grab a pair of cargo shorts, a plain white t-shirt, and crisp white socks for a great modern fit incorporating your new CPs.
Features: White leather, gold stamped serial numbers, leather linings, rubber soles, Made in Italy.
Price: from $400 AUD
7. Vans Authentic
White sneakers are all about simplicity, and it doesn’t get much simpler than a Vans Authentic in white. The ever-popular shoe 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 as most fans like it. We recommend wearing these casually with a coloured t-shirt and jeans or shorts.
Features: Durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans signature waffle outsole.
Price: from $60 AUD
8. 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. We love how the brand has retained vintage elements for the low-top silhouette, 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 in all honesty.
Features: Durable, organic cotton canvas, thicker rubber sole, OrthoLite cushioning
Colourway: Parchment/ Garnet/ Egret
Price: from $140 AUD
9. Stepney Workers Club Dellow
Hailing from East London, Stepney Workers Club delivers a low-key 90s-style white sneaker that delivers interest through an oversized rubber outsole. These are a favourite of ours as they blend the best of the simple silhouettes, such as the adidas Stan Smith, with the best of the formal sneakers, e.g. Common Projects Achilles.
Material: Premium leather, durable vulcanised rubber sole and high-wall foxings.
Price: from $215 AUD
10. adidas Continental 80
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.
Features: French terry lining and OrthoLite sockliner, EVA midsole insert and split rubber cupsole.
Colourway: Cloud White/ Scarlet/ Collegiate navy
Price: from $160 AUD
11. Converse Jack Purcell
Originally designed and worn by badminton world champion Jack Purcell in 1935, we think these Converse are timeless footwear options. For us, it starts with the signature ‘smile’ branding in black on the toe cap juxtaposed against the otherwise all-white silhouette. Also one of our favourite minimalist sneakers for men, the JPs 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.
Features: Smile branding on the toe cap, multilayered cushioning with a wedge for added support, rubber sole.
Colourway: White/ White/ Black
Price: from $140 AUD
White Sneaker FAQs
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.