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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This sneaker is the chunkiest of them all. Rock them with everything from skinny jeans to an asymmetrical dress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Practicality wins most of the time when it comes to deciding what you wear, which means this plain white leather sneaker is your solemate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.