The Best White Sneakers For Men 2023
The best white sneakers for men are timeless and versatile, making them a real must-have in any shoe wardrobe. They look great with both casual wear and more formal attire. Whether you already own a pair of white sneakers or are new to investing in a quality pair, we have some pointers and top tips for you.
Historically, Keds was one of the first brands to launch white sneakers in 1916, but it was actually Converse’s All Star that brought the look to the fashion world in the 1930s. Now you can find classic and coveted options from sports brands to luxury fashion labels, all at wildly different prices. Ahead, we spoke to menswear experts and researched the top rated pairs that suit a variety of fashion needs and budget levels. Here are 9 of the best white sneakers for men. If you want to keep your sneakers clean, we’ve also rounded up the best sneaker cleaners.
The best of the rest
What you should consider with white sneakers
“The two factors that can cause sizing to vary are material and width,” says Derek Lall, a former menswear buyer at Hudson’s Bay. “If the shoe is made of stretch-knit fabric, you should be able to go your normal size, as the material makes the toe a little more comfortable,” he says. “For a harder material like leather, you may need to go up a size.” Some brands just run smaller. So if you need a wider fit, check out white athletic sneakers.
“Leather gives you the best comfort because it breathes and stretches and penetrates as you wear it to better conform to your foot—with proper care, it often lasts for years,” says Tricia Hall, a Toronto-based fashion stylist. “Woven cotton and knit shoes can also be great for comfort and breathability, but may require more maintenance if you want to keep them clean.” (See our guide to the best sneaker cleaners for highly rated options.) If you’re the If you like the look of leather, there are also vegan options made from apples, cactus and pineapple, she notes. Lall prefers stretch-knits for walking and leather for a more elegant look.
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“Respect the occasion,” says Andy Chitty, manager of fashion direction at Harry Rosen. “Is this for the tennis court, everyday wear, or something you’re buying for your next trip where you might be doing a lot of walking?” Based on that, choose accordingly. “Take leather sneakers,” he says. “I recommend a minimalist white leather sneaker if you want to pair it with a cotton or linen suit in the summer. This would be a more sophisticated option than what a simple canvas sneaker or athletic shoe could do.” Either way, one of these will serve you well. “When I run errands, I wear sporty shoes and switch to my more elegant leather sneakers in the evenings,” says Lall.
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