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The Coolest White Sneakers of 2021: Your Go-To List

The ultimate street style staple.

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The white sneaker, much like the white t-shirt, is an essential building block to a wardrobe. You never need to anxiously fret about how to style the shoe—it looks great peeking out from underneath a floral vacation dress and it looks great when worn with cuffed jeans and a band t-shirt. The white sneaker doesn't command a lot of fuss and whether you prefer them crisp and clean (a tried-and-true tip: use Mr. Clean magic erasers to gently erase stains and dirt build-up), or more distressed, this street-style shoe never looks stale. Especially since this season's newest selections come with cool designs like quilting, logos, elevated platforms, eco-friendly touches, and more. Plus, there's a pair of white kicks for every budget as far as we've found. Ahead, 28 of the best white sneakers for 2021 that are worth the perpetual cleaning cycle.

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The Espadrille Sneaker
The Daryl Espadrille Sneaker
Stuart Weitzman stuartweitzman.com
$350.00

When you travel, it’s always smart to pack a versatile pair of sneakers to match all your outfits. This espadrille style is perfect for when resort season rolls around and thanks to the classic style, it’ll keep in your wardrobe for years to come.

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The Walk-for-Miles-In Sneaker
Hadley Platform Sneaker
Naturalizer nordstrom.com
$58.99

This brand is well known for its comfortable shoe offerings, like this white sneaker. It comes in a mix of textures with a breathable, well-cushioned footbed and flexible sole. 

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The Platform Sneaker
Eve Platform Sneaker
JSLIDES nordstrom.com
$158.95

To trade or not to trade in your high heels for a platform sneaker? We say trade. This gel-cushioned pair of kicks will support your arches, unlike those strappy stilettos.

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The Eco-Friendly Sneaker
Off-White Canvas
Cariuma cariuma.com
$79.00

Finally, a pair of sneakers you don’t have to break in (according to the reviews). Cariuma is known for creating shoes that yield a smaller environmental footprint—you can read all about their eco-friendly mission here—so your money ultimately goes towards a good cause.

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The Thick-Sole Sneaker
White Thick-Soled Sneakers
Zara zara.com
$89.90

This sneaker is the chunkiest of them all. Rock them with everything from skinny jeans to an asymmetrical dress.

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The Quilted Sneaker
Quilted Low Top Sneaker
Prada nordstrom.com
$725.00

The quilting detail takes a sneaker from casual to luxe in an instant. Also, the Prada logo is displayed on the side so there’s really no mistaking this shoe for any other brand.

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The Sporty Sneaker
Air Max 2090 Twist Sneaker
Nike nordstrom.com
$150.00

For the ‘90s kid, this Nike sneaker is an ode to the shoe styles you might have seen/wore while growing up. We love the slightly transparent sole and the color contrast between the white and brown.

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The Comfy Sneaker
No Bad Vibes Sneaker
Dr. Scholl's nordstrom.com
$54.95

Dr. Scholl’s doesn’t ask you to choose between style and comfort—the brand gives you both. This is a shoe you and your grandmother can easily both rock and look great in.

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The Croc Sneaker
Neka Sneaker White Croc
Chelsea Paris chelseaparis.com
$300.00

Let’s face it: white sneakers can be a little safe and boring. However, this pair escape that’s fate thanks to the white croc print and nappa leather. These minor neutral details give the footwear a distinctly cool touch.

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The Ballet Flat-Inspired Sneaker
Off-White Ballet Runner Sneakers
Loewe ssense.com
$690.00

This pair of sneaker resembles ballet flats with its super low-top and round toe design. Though we wouldn’t attempt to do pirouettes in them, the unique shoe is worth a spot in your closet.

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The Pearl Sneaker
White Pearl Portofino Sneakers
Dolce & Gabbana ssense.com
$595.00

Those seeking a fancy pair of sneakers will immediately love this pearl accent and gold tone pair. It has a padded collar and the brand’s logo is promptly displayed on the sides.

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The Mid-Top Sneaker
Mid-Top Sneaker
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com
$82.00

If you’re not looking to splurge on white sneakers, you might want to opt for this simple pair from Banana Republic. The mid-top kick can be worn with pantsuits, leggings, and more.

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The Unisex Sneaker
"The Prelude" Mid-White/Gum
Perry Co perrycoshoes.com
$150.00

This unisex leather sneaker accomplishes the difficult goal of being dressy yet casual, so double up on your order just in case the shoes sell out.

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The Unique Sneaker
Bold White
Fini fini.shoes
$159.00

A breathable soft leather sneaker that’s handcrafted in Portugal. The coolest part about the footwear is that it comes with a lace cover accessory, so if you want to take your white kicks to something colorful, you can.

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The Statement Sneaker
B Bold Leather Sneakers
Balmain farfetch.com
$850.00

This fashion sneaker is an instant attention-grabber no matter how you style it. Take extra care to not get it too scuffed up on the first wear since it’s quite the investment. 

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The Leather Sneaker
Verony Leather Sneaker
Schutz schutz-shoes.com
$78.00

Practicality wins most of the time when it comes to deciding what you wear, which means this plain white leather sneaker is your solemate. 

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The Casual Sneaker
The Court Sneaker
Everlane everlane.com
$98.00

The queen of DTC basics of course would offer one of the best pairs of white sneakers around. The sneaker is made from 100 percent leather with recycled polyester lining and a recycled rubber sole.

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The White Slip-On Sneaker
Sarto Prato Slip On Platform Sneaker
Franco Sarto francosarto.com
$140.00

You don’t have time for untangling laces, so slip in and out of your white sneaker with ease in this option from Franco Sarto. The slightly thicker platform provides just enough cushion too as you run around completing errands.

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The Minimalist Sneaker
Ghibly High Top Sneakers
Ash shopbop.com
$119.00

A white sneaker is an empty canvas for the designer to create on and while some go the wildly colorful route, others keep it tame. Take this high-top sneaker, for example, with just a hint of black on the laces and tab. Your minimalist soul loves.

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The Velcro Sneaker
3-Lock Logo Sneakers
Veja shopbop.com
$130.00

Velcro sneakers are reminiscent of the ones we had in childhood, except Veja designs are anything but childish. We love the splash of metallic on the side and back, yet this sneaker still retains that pristine white look.

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The Neon Lace Sneakers
Nomo Sneakers
Brandblack shopbop.com
$119.00

Another place to add non-boring details on all white sneakers are the laces. This shoe comes with a second pair of (neon yellow) laces when you wish to kick things up a notch.

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The Everyday Sneaker
Reebok Classic Harman Run Sneaker, white/steel/gum, 7 M US Women's
Reebok amazon.com
$62.86

Celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande have been spotted rocking their Reebok shoes, so don’t discount this brand when it comes to producing enviable sneakers. This pair, in particular, has over 1.5k ratings on Amazon, which means it’s worth testing out.

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The Slip-On Sneaker
Sidewalk Slip-On Sneakers
Madewell shopbop.com
$58.00

If your closet is 99 percent Madewell (we’re not judging), then you might as well get these slip-on sneakers. It’s safe to say they go with everything, from a summer mini dress to winter sweaters.

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The Neutrals Sneaker
Manston Runner Suede Trimmed Embroidered Mesh Sneakers
Rag & Bone theoutnet.com
$148.00

A varying shades of white sneaker that still falls into the neutral category. When a piece from Rag & Bone is on sale, this sneaker is 50 percent off!, don’t hesitate to snatch it up asap.

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The Old School Sneaker
Fresh Start White/Navy/Red 7 B (M)
Skechers amazon.com
$125.00

Speaking of reviews, this memory foam sneaker has over 31k ratings (!!!) on Amazon and 4.5 stars. We don’t need much more convincing, adding these to cart right now.

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The Classic Low Top Sneaker
Women's Club C 85 Vintage Sneakers
Reebok
$40.00

For a more vintage-looking pair of Reebok sneakers, opt for these “Club C 85” style. They look great and are durable enough for your daily walks or hikes.

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The Ruffle Sneaker
Extreme Ruffled Leather and Coated Neoprene Exaggerated Sole Slip-on Sneakers
Sergio Rossi theoutnet.com
$337.00

Sneakers can be just as flashy as boots or heels. Take this pair of kicks from Sergio Rossi that feature a ruffle detail across the entire shoe. Don’t be surprised if people stop you on the street to ask where you got the sneakers.

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The PVC Sneaker
Eclypse PVC Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers
Stella McCartney theoutnet.com
$342.00

We’re counting this PVC sneaker as a white sneaker (shhh) because you can wear white socks with it and call it a day. When you’re feeling more playful, slip on some printed socks to showcase beneath the transparent material.

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