Picking out the perfect pair of white sneakers is no mean feat—like most fashion staples, there is an overwhelming number of trendy riffs on the style. Who can forget the time when Stan Smiths peeked out from underneath every street style star’s trousers, and you couldn’t walk around New York without seeing both tourists and city dwellers in a pair? Then, shortly after, the chunky “dad” sneakers had their moment, beloved by fashion girls (and guys!) from Scandi style darlings to hypebeasts. Trends aside, however, the minimal plain white sneaker continues to earn its spot as a forever stylish stalwart in our wardrobes.
But with essential pieces like the white sneaker comes an overwhelming assortment of options, from price point to quality, to material—and let’s not forget about style. So how to choose? From classic tennis sneakers to retro-inspired styles, we’ve broken down all the options: Considering everything from silhouette to budget, here you’ll find the chicest white sneakers to match your personal style that will have you owning, wearing, and loving them for years to come.
Here, Vogue’s ultimate guide to shopping the plain white sneaker, with 28 minimal—but mighty—options below.
Classic Leather Trainers
The plainest of sneakers, the simple leather tennis shoe will always be in style.
Hook & Loop
Velcro strap sneakers have been around since the ’60s, and these contemporary iterations are keeping the “no laces look” alive and kicking.
130.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
100.00, HUSH PUPPIES
245.00, SANDRO PARIS
Here’s one for the Phoebe Philo fans.
225.00, VIA SPIGA
Can’t commit to all white? Try a pair with contrasting gum or colored soles instead.
198.00, M GEMI
Flexible Low Tops
For those who seek comfort and don’t need structure.
If you prefer an extra inch, but don’t want to cross the line of being too trendy.
375.00, LANE CRAWFORD
155.00, LANE CRAWFORD
Sporty, but classic (they are sneakers, after all).
750.00, MY THERESA
Originally Appeared on Vogue