The white sneakers have reached cult status, with many heralding Adidas Stan Smiths for the return of the classic white kicks. Today, they’ve become a shoe staple adopted by everyone from models to royals, celebrities to designers. And it’s easy to see why: They’re universally stylish, versatile, and timeless. Keep reading for our recommendations on the best white trainers to buy now — from iconic models to the latest releases.
Contrary to its name, the relatively young label Axel Arigato does not hail from Japan. Instead, it was founded by a Swedish duo who adored the concept of Japanese minimalism. The tennis shoe-inspired Clean 90 white leather sneakers are sleek and simply designed, with a cushy footbed, and arch support for maximum ease of wear. Its logo — stamped in gold — lends a luxurious touch.
Shop Axel Arigato online.
Almost two decades ago, two Venetian designers created Golden Goose, a name inspired by the Aesop tale. Golden Goose sneakers are instantly recognisable by their deliberately scuffed appearance, to relay the impression of being well-loved and thoroughly worn in. Despite their shabby look, they are impeccably made using a superior Italian-style craftsmanship. Its bestselling Superstar sneakers feature the iconic star appliqué, an upper in calfskin, suede details, and of course, a distressed look.
Golden Goose sneakers are available at Pedder On Scotts, 6 Scotts Road, #02-03-16.
Common Projects is one of the world’s most covetable white sneakers, thanks to its clean-lined aesthetic, and an outer heel marked by a serial stamped in gold stating the article number, size, and colour of each shoe. Common Projects’ bestseller is its original Achilles Low leather sneakers, which bridge the gap between sports trainers and dress shoes. Made in high-quality leather, these sport tonal topstitching and white flat laces.
Shop Common Projects sneakers at Pedder On Scotts, 6 Scotts Road, #02-03-16.
Part of the House of Classics release, the Adidas Supercourt is yet another iconic trainer from the archives. These shoes pay tribute to 40 years of tennis shoes history with a classic low-profile, and perforated three stripes on its leather upper, reminiscent of the much-loved Stan Smiths. The terry lining feels soft on skin, and moulds naturally to feet.
Shop the Adidas Supercourt online.
First introduced in 1982, the Nike Airforce Ones are so iconic that they inspired rapper Nelly’s 2002 breakout hit. Today, the shoes remain a perennial favourite, thanks to the timeless design. Once labelled as basketball shoes, these trainers were named after the aircraft that carries the US president. They were also the first shoes to house Nike Air technology, which featured a pocket of air in the heel for soft, springy cushioning. Today, it is available in a bevy of colour ways but the white (fondly called “white on white”) ones remain the undisputed favourite. A padding at its collar gives it a snug, comfortable fit, while its perforation was made for ventilation.
Shop Nike Air Force 1s at Nike stores.
Veja’s vision is to reinvent the sneaker, with a core ethos of “one foot in design, and the other in social responsibility”. Sustainability is present at every stage, from design to manufacturing, including the materials used. For instance, the cotton used for the canvas, lace, and uppers are organic, and purchased directly from fair trade producer associations in Brazil and Peru. Wild rubber is brought from seringueiro communities, rubber tappers in the Amazon who harvest and transform it from liquid rubber into sheets. Materials aside, all of its processes are transparent and fair trade. Its classic model, the V-10, sports the logo on the side, and is crafted from white vegetable-tanned leather in a lace-up, low-top shape, with a 1.5-inch sole.
Shop Veja shoes at kapok, Zalora and Net-A-Porter via Net Sustain.
A thick sole and a bulky construction may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the Gucci Rhytons aren’t made for the wallflower. Using smooth white leather and built with a sturdy sole, its updated white colourway features the playful ‘Mystic’ cat print that takes inspiration from vintage postcards, and honours Alessandro Michele’s love of animals.
Shop Gucci Rhyton shoes at Gucci stores.
Australian brand Feit’s footwear mixes business with pleasure. Take for example the Hand Sewn Latex Lows. They’re are crafted from Cordovan leather, which is typically made for luxury dress shoes, then tanned slowly, nourished slowly and shaved, making the material exceedingly soft and breathable. The result? Sneakers that look polished enough for the office. All of its shoes are hand-sewn, and hand-finished by leather master craftsmen. As the processes take a long time, only 60 pairs are available on the website.
Shop Feit shoes online.