White sneakers are a cornerstone of any man’s wardrobe. They’re the foundation, the base, the thing that ties your entire look together. In short, the classic white sneaker goes with any style — from minimal sleek suits to the more extravagant streetwear looks.
This probably helps explain why there’s such a large selection of the humble white sports shoe out there. There’s the all-time classics from the big players, the extravagant statements from upscale brands, and strong minimal flexes from the smaller labels. Whichever you choose, with proper care, the classic white sports shoe will serve you and your wardrobe well.
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Which brings us to a small but important question:
How do you clean your white sneakers once you’ve got them?
The quick and easy way is with a small cleaning kit like Liquiproof LABS Footwear & Fashion travel bag. Containing a refresher, eco cleaning fluid, protective spray, a microfibre towel and vegetable fibre brush, it has all the things you need to keep your classic white sneakers looking box fresh.
Now all you need to do is pick the ones you want.
Our best white sneakers for men in 2021:
You could argue Common Projects single-handedly brought the minimal white sneaker back into rotation. The Dutch label is known for its sleek, unfussy designs that pair with almost anything. Crafted from leather with contrasting heel tabs and Common Projects’ signature gold stamped serial numbers on the heel, instead of side stitching.Shop now
This Parisian label is quietly pushing the needle when it comes to ecologically sound and socially responsible footwear. The brand's low top V-10 is our best white sneaker for men from their effortlessly stylish offerings. A strong silhouette all around. No chemicals, no pollution, only good vibes.Shop now
The Stan Smith is an undisputed classic; the leader of the (old school tennis) court shoe clan. But with adidas’ ‘Clean Classics' collection, the signature look improves its green credentials. This one is made from recycled leather, with the signature perforated lateral three stripes, speckled sole unit and cork insoles for added freshness. This makes it one of the best white sneakers for men in 2021.Shop now
A classic silhouette made even more timeless with the minimal branding from the Italian luxury brand. Crafted from smooth leather, the contrasting brown suede on the heel tabs add a special touch. One of the best white sneakers for men for casual looks this year.Shop now
The iconic British label beloved for its '60s counter-cultural roots offers a strong and simple silhouette with the ‘Hassler'. Paul Smith’s iconic multicolour stripes appear on the tongue’s tip while the brand’s signature appears in gold on the heel tab. A quietly confident choice.Shop now
Another eco-minded offering from the luxury American designer here. The upper is actually 26% apple peel, the black leather accents are vegetable-tanned (and more environmentally friendly too), the soles are of recycled rubber, and the laces are organic cotton. On top of all that, it’s also a stylish white shoe.Shop now
Givenchy’s impeccably made low top is a nod to the classic court shoe, with added design flourishes that set it apart from the rest. Plush white leather is offset with ostrich blue heel tabs and knotted detailing. Undeniably one of the coolest white sneakers of the current season.Shop now
The ‘Superstar’ is another enduring classic that has stood the test of time, evolving from a working basketball court shoe to the streetwear icon we know today. The Three Stripes' Premium Basics model adds plush detailing for a fuller, luxury feel.Shop now
Slowly rounding out our selection of the best white sneakers for guys is another take on the b’ball silhouette and another offering from the masters of the low top white kicks: Common Projects. Their BBall ’90 is an unashamed take on classic '90s aesthetics. Strong and simple.Shop now
Last but not least, the wing grosgrain-trimmed full-grain leather sneaker from Givenchy builds the simple court shoe into a fuller silhouette yet still retaining the low slung profile. The ‘wings' and the perforated toe boxes take inspiration from classic baseball shoes.Shop now
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Words: Jack Drummond