Just as you can never go wrong with a little black dress, you’ll never feel out of place in a pair of classic white sneakers. You can wear them with dresses, jeans, suits or even your wedding dress and strut with the confidence that you look as good as your feet feel.
Of course, there are hundreds—if not thousands—of different sneaker brands to choose from, and after just a few minutes of research, you might find that they all start to blend into one generic white shoe (but seriously, what was the difference between those two again?). To make your life easier, we rounded up the absolute best white sneakers on the internet. So no matter which one you pick, you’ll know you’re getting a great shoe.
Best White Sneakers for Women at a Glance
Best Overall: Adidas Stan Smith
Best Slip-On: Vans Classic Slip-On
Best Lace-Up: OluKai Pehuea Li
Best High-Top: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic
Duchess-Approved: Superga Cotu
Best Vegan Option: Cariuma White Canvas OCA Low
Best Sustainably-Made Sneaker: Veja Esplar
Best Leather: Greats The Royale
Best Leather and Suede: Koio Capri in Avorio
Most Supportive: ON Cloud 5
Most Splurge-Worthy: Common Projects Original Achilles
Most Timeless: Keds Champion Originals
Trendiest Throwback: Nike Air Force 1 Shadow
Best No-Sock Option: Atoms Model 000
Best Machine Washable Pair: Rothys The Sneaker
In a quick poll of the PureWow offices, Adidas very clearly stood out as the preferred sneaker brand, with the most popular style being the classic Stan Smith. They’re durable and fairly easy to clean (pro tip: use a Magic Eraser for any tough scuff marks), plus the removable insole means you can insert your own more supportive orthotics, should you need them. And for those who want a little something extra, there are also a ton of accent colors to choose from.
These easy slip-ons beloved by skaters require little to no break-in period and won’t cause a major hit to your wallet. They don’t offer a ton of support, but have just enough so you don’t feel like you’re walking around barefoot. (If you do want to add an insole with more support, we suggest buying a half or whole size larger.) However, they are incredibly lightweight, a major bonus for frequent travelers or those who don’t like the feel of heavier soles.
We’re big fans of just about all of OluKai’s sneaker styles, but the Pehuea Li has to be our top pick—and with near perfect five-star ratings at Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom, we think it’s safe to say these kicks are beloved by customers. The lightweight design has a mesh upper, making it super breathable (a great option for hot summer days), and the heel can be easily folded down to transform your shoes into backless slip-ons if you’re running out the door. The insoles are also super cushy, but can be removed if you’d rather use your own inserts, and great for all-day walking.
These truly classic kicks are a total no-brainer style wise, but as multiple PureWow editors pointed out, they’re also incredibly comfortable and last well considering their price point. “I typically buy a half size up so I can put a cushier insole in there for extra support,” says stylist Vanessa G., “and they also come in wide widths which I love!” The higher ankle hits at just the right point to look cool without cutting your feet off in an unflattering way, and both the canvas upper and rubber soles are a cinch to clean and care for (although they’re not machine washable). And if the minimal pops of red and blue at the sole bother you, there is an all-white option, as well.
5. Superga Cotu
“These are hands-down my most favorite sneakers. I have six pairs in all different colors and I wear them on rotation pretty much every single day,” says one PureWow editor who is a die-hard Superga Cotu fan. “Unlike my old go-to pairs (Converse), they have much more cushion and support. I love the fact they're zero frills but are still super cute. Oh, and they are machine washable.” And she’s not the only one in love with Superga—Kate Middleton has been spotted in this exact style numerous times, as was Princess Diana back in the ‘90s. The cotton canvas upper is a bit more casual than a lot of the leather pairs on this list, but is just as versatile and looks great with everything from jeans to a flowy midi dress.
Best Vegan Option
These lace-up kicks are one of the best eco-friendly options out there. The shoes are entirely vegan with an upper made from fair-trade cotton canvas. The soles are made with rubber “tapped” from trees using a method that ultimately leaves the trees unharmed. But they're not just animal-friendly, they're also sustainably made and 100 percent carbon neutral. What more excuse could you possibly need to snap up a new pair of feel-good, do-good kicks?
7. Veja Esplar
Best Sustainably-Made Sneaker
If you’re looking for a sustainable pair you can feel good about, Veja might just be the ticket. Since the brand’s inception in 2003, the founders have been focused on using eco-friendly materials and giving back to the communities of Brazil, where the sneakers are made. Many of Veja’s shoes require multiple wears to really break in, but according to reviewers the Esplar seems to need the least amount of time to feel molded to your feet. They’ve also been recommended for those with wider feet due to a slightly roomier toe box.
Like most of the other pairs on this list, GREATS sneakers are known for their comfort and quality, but what really makes them stand out from the pack is that they look way more expensive than they are—particularly the OG Royale style. These are the brand’s best-selling sneakers to date and are handmade in Italy using premium leather (i.e., the super-soft stuff that only gets better with age).
Best Leather and Suede
This Italy-based, American-run company has been slowly but surely becoming ever more popular, and we think it won’t be long before you see these easy kicks all over town. Compared to Koio’s other basic white sneakers, the Capri is by far the most minimalist, meaning it’s more likely to stay en vogue longer than some of the more intricate styles, but we’re particular fans of the Avorio option, which incorporates both leather and suede. The result is a quasi two-tone effect that’s incredibly subtle and will add just enough dimension to your footwear to make them more interesting than a basic leather pair.
10. ON Cloud 5
Technically, these waterproof sneakers were designed for working out, but they have a more minimalist design than most other running shoes, making them a fun option for daily wear as well. The Cloud 5 is incredibly lightweight and comes with a Zero-Gravity foam sole that offers plenty of bounce back and cushioned support whether you’re running to catch the bus or simply strolling around a museum. It’s also made from 44 percent recycled materials for an eco-friendly boost. We’re also big fans of the locking lacing system, which makes it incredibly easy to pull these on and off without bothering with knots or bows (although there are traditional laces included in the box for those who prefer them).
Yes, it’s expensive, but the Achilles also has a devoted cult following due to its impeccable construction, high-quality materials (the upper is made from real leather) and timeless no-frills design. Many reviewers preferred these over the brand’s other leather style, the Retro, because the Achilles features a lower rise and is a bit easier to break in. One thing to note: Many reviewers say these sneakers tend to run a little large, so if you’re in-between you might want to consider sizing down.
This editor’s personal favorite, Keds Champion Originals have a wonderfully nostalgic retro vibe. They’re incredibly simple, fit well and are inexpensive enough that I don’t feel bad about having to buy a new pair once my current pair turns gray and can no longer be considered truly white sneakers (which is usually around six or seven months of consistent use, although the Jason Markk cleaning kit has helped extend the life of my beloved Keds multiple times). Just like the Converse All Stars above, these also come in wide widths.
Air Force 1s will never be out of style, but the retro shoe is having something of a moment right now, which is great news for those who have been wearing them for years, like PureWow’s associate editor Chelsea C. “The AF1 are a staple in my collection. I think it's like an NYC staple, right next to Timberlands for the winter—it's always been * the * summer sneaker to rock.” Indeed, the sleek white design goes with everything from sundresses to skinny jeans to athleisure staples, and we adore the thicker sole, which isn’t quite a platform but still adds more height than the others on this list. And while they do require some breaking in, the durable leather and timeless design make them well worth the investment.
14. Atoms Model 000
Best No-Sock Option
“These have been my favorite house shoes throughout all of quarantine even though, of course, you can absolutely wear them outside, too,” raved one PureWow editor. “They’re crazy comfy and don’t make my feet sweat or chafe if I forgo socks. They’re a 10/10 for me.” Indeed, Atoms were designed with comfort at the forefront, with a cloud-like outsole that’s lightweight and flexible, and a woven upper that offers just enough stretch to move with your feet without having them flop around. Oh, and they’re also 100-percent vegan. One other fantastic feature is that all Atoms shoes come in both half and quarter sizes, from 5 up through a 16.5, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a perfect fit.
Best Machine Washable
Rothy’s shoes as a whole have two things going for them that we absolutely love: They’re comfortable right out of the box, no break-in period necessary, and they’re machine washable, so they stay looking like new for much longer than just about any other pair of shoes. This slip-on sneaker is no different. As a bonus, Rothy’s are also sustainably made using eco-friendly, ethically-sourced materials and fair-labor practices, with a recycling program to ensure the shoes don’t end up in a landfill. Oh, and did we mention Meghan Markle is a fan?
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