This is a list with just three pairs of shoes: Adidas Originals (White and Green), Nike Air Force 1 ’07s (White) and Vans Core Classic Old Skool Sneakers. You can click out of this article now.
Just kidding. You’ve probably seen these shoes worn to death, and though they do have their merits, we’re here with a list of ideas for your next pair of white kicks. Why not change it up a little and walk proudly into the second half of 2018?
1. Converse One Star Ox (White, Enamel Red & Egret)
The One Star has always been a classic. Perhaps it was thrust most prominently into the limelight this year with its Golf Le Fleurs – a collaboration with Tyler, the Creator. In contrast, this white pair is simple. It pays homage to the original One Star design, retaining the quintessential converse star while throwing in modest red and blue trimmings for a smidgen of colour.
2. Reebok Club Workout Gum Sole Trainers
Gum soles are always a good, easy way to let your white sneakers have that extra oomph. The clean white body of this shoe, embellished with a retro H-strap, pairs nicely with the sole. Not to mention gum-soled shoes are typically sturdier. This might be good for you if you scuff up your sneakers easily.
3. PUMA Mens Basket Classic Animal Croc
This simple sneaker is typically seen in suede, but the leather elevates the shoe a little. The off-white panels along the sides of the shoes and the laces add a touch of detailing, creating a more three-dimensional image.
4. Adidas EQT Support ADV Triple White
NMDs might be in demand, but don’t forget about EQTs. Adidas takes from their ‘90s Equipment range here, which was geared towards running. These shoes remain as lightweight as ever, eliminating any extra blockiness with their three stripes detailing coming in the form of straps.
5. Nike Air Max 95 Essential White
The ugly chunky shoe has been wildly popular this year. If you’re worried about looking too over-the-top, this pair of Nikes is a good middle ground. Designed by Sergio Lozano, the characteristic alternating waves of white leather and mesh inspired by the Grand Canyon aren’t intimidating at all, rather, they’re quite beautiful. Throw in the air bubbles on the forefoot and back sole, and you’ve got just the right amount of chunky.
6. Filling Pieces Low Mondo Ripple Nardo Nappa Leather Sneaker
This white leather colourway strips the sneaker down to clean, white panelling. Its thicker, rubber ripple sole gives the shoe more texture and structure.
7. Maison Margiela 22 Leave A Message Replica Sneaker
Now this is fun. Remember scribbling on your white school shoes and customising them (much to your parents and teachers’ chagrin) when you were a kid? Margiela brings you back to your childhood with these sneakers. Created from a polyester mix, this gives them a fabric, paper-like texture. Of course, this comes with a marker pen to unleash your inner artist.
8. Common Projects Achilles Low-Top Sneakers
Here we have what is arguably one of the more versatile pieces on this list. These Common Projects are as minimal as they come – just a smooth expanse of white leather, embossed with a tiny gold foil style code. Their classy simplicity is the reason they can be dressed up or down; wear them with jeans, wear them with slacks. Either way, it works.
9. Acne Studios Perey Two Strap Sneaker
Acne Studios might be best known for their Nash Face tees, but here that face is, on shoes as well. Again, we have the retro architecture seeping through with the dual velcro straps and a pale yellow gum sole. We hated velcro shoes when we were children but it seems like we love it now. Save some time on those pesky laces.
10. Dior Homme White Nylon Canvas & Calfskin Sneakers
This luxury trainer’s simple silhouette, sans a full reveal of its laces, belies its sophisticated detailing. Made of white canvas with white calfskin panels, a side stitching construction of welding and stitching is utilised to complete its lithe and graceful look.