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The white sneaker, much like the plain white T-shirt, is an essential building block to any woman's wardrobe. But like finding a plain white T-shirt, finding the perfect pair of cool white sneakers often takes a bit of trial and error. What seems like it should be a one-and-done situation can prove difficult, thanks to the array of different silhouettes, styles, fabrications among the best 2022 sneakers out there.
Instead of stressing yourself out over this all-important accessories decision, take a deep breath. Start at the beginning: What is it about a cool white sneaker that you love? If it’s a canvas, retro-inspired pick that you’re after, consider brands like Superga or Converse. If you’re on the hunt for the best white leather sneaker, brands like Nike or Adidas might be a better fit. If you’re looking for the best pair of designer sneakers that also happen to come in a shade of white, consider brands like Golden Goose or Alexander McQueen. Or, finally, if you just need to find the best slip-on sneakers that you can get in and out of with ease, iconic brands like Vans have you (er, your feet) covered.
Here’s to securing the most versatile shoe in your collection, bar none. (Case in point: I have a few pairs of white sneakers that I need to keep in a constant rotation so that I don't destroy any one pair in a matter of weeks.) Ahead, shop the very best, coolest white sneakers to keep in your own rotation for 2022.
Classic White Sneakers
Best Classic Nike White Sneakers
I'm starting off strong here with one of the all-time best white sneakers from Nike: The iconic Air Force 1s. These white, slightly chunky sneakers go with just about everything and have earned a name for themselves as one of the most comfortable pairs on the market.
Best Low-Top Canvas White Sneakers
The gold eyelets on these Superga sneakers lend a modern touch to the classic canvas style. Not to mention, Kate Middleton loves this pair.
It seems like everyone is wearing Sambas from Adidas lately. Harry Styles, for one, has been wearing several different editions while on his most recent tour. This pair made from vegan leather (which I just ordered) are slightly different than others on the market right now, so you'll stand out from the crowd.
If you're after a classic silhouette with a modern-feeling upgrade, this pair from PUMA should be on your radar. The bold black stripe combined with the exaggerated (yet somehow lightweight) platform along the bottom are both comfortable and stylish.
High-Top White Sneakers
Best High-Top Leather White Sneaker
I personally own this pair and I wear them all the time because of how versatile they are—they look great with either dresses or trousers. I keep mine slightly unlaced at the top to make for easier putting on and taking off, but they're otherwise a perfect high-top sneaker.
It doesn't get more high-top than this pair of canvas Chuck Taylors from Converse. If you have a pair of these hidden in the back of your closet that is in deperate need of replacement, swap them out for a new one this summer.
You can't deny how cool these high-top versions of NIke's iconic Air Force 1s are. They have the same comfortable sole and perfectly broken-in shape, but with an elevated high-top silhouette.
These high-top sneakers from Reebok have a timelessly cool quality to them. The cushioned sole and strap across the ankle add spice to your leggings-and-a-hoodie look.
Retro White Sneakers
Best Sporty White Sneakers
Celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande have been spotted rocking their Reebok shoes. This affordable pair has over 4,000 ratings on Amazon, which means it’s worth testing out.
Best Retro White Sneakers
Your favorite summer shoe classic from Keds is now made more responsibly in organic cotton.
Best Slip-On White Sneakers
You don’t have time for untangling laces, so slip in and out of your white Vans with ease. Beloved by '90s skaters, the easy-on-easy-off sneakers are next-to-none when it comes to comfort and durabilty.
Dads everywhere have rocked New Balances since the '90s. Now, however, the retro brand is trendy again thanks to its classic lineup of sneakers.
Athletic White Sneakers
This pair of low-profile all-white sneakers from On are great for working out, yes, but they're also comfortable enough to run your daily errands in.
Best Athletic White Sneakers
These Adidas Ultraboost 22 sneakers are made with recyclable Parley Ocean Plastic, serving double duty as a running shoe that’s stylish with real clothes too.
Best White Running Sneakers
The overbuilt soles on these APL sneakers are more than trendy. They’re designed from the brand’s innovative FutureFoam and AeroLux materials for ultra-lightweight, breathable, and cushioned fit for workouts and beyond.
This top-rated pair of running shoes from HOKA is one of the best running shoes for women, bar none. They're lightweight and supportive enough for long-distance running as well as training in the gym.
Sustainable White Sneakers
Best Vegan White Sneakers
The ’70s vibe of these Veja sneakers begs to be worn with a tracksuit or vintage tee.
Best Sustaniable White Sneakers
One of the best pairs of white sneakers around. Bonus: they’re made entirely from recycled materials.
Best White Sneakers With A Pop of Color
Thousand Fell’s vegan sneaker line is made from recycled plastic, natural rubber, and food waste, like coconut husk and sugarcane. Once you purchase a pair, you’re able to recycle them directly back to the brand and earn $20 towards a fresh pair.
Best Machine-Washable White Sneakers
For an eco-friendly pair of white sneakers, look to Rothy’s so-soft lace-ups—they’re made with thread spun from recycled plastic water bottles.
Designer White Sneakers
Best Chunky White Sneakers
These eye-catching Balmain kicks are totally worth the splurge.
These sneakers from Alexander McQueen sneakers have been around since 2016 and have been a top-seller ever since. They've since been released with colorful accents like mint green and gold.