The best white sneakers for men are more than a mere wardrobe staple—they’re the base of the menswear food pyramid, the pair of shoes you’ll likely reach for more than any other in your closet. Which explains why there are a mind-boggling amount of white sneakers available, from all-time classics to wild-style flexes, upscale designer models to affordable upstart silhouettes.
And while white sneakers, generally, are not the sneakers you lust after, drool over, or dream about (then come up short on the SNKRS app when they drop), there is an undeniable hit of endorphins when you crack open a fresh pair. Scuff-free. Gleaming. Because the best white sneakers are always the newest pair you’ve got. Sure, there’s a little sadness when you thank your old, roughed-up pair of white sneakers for their long and distinguished service and set them free. They delivered hundreds of wears; held down hundreds of fits. It’s the circle of life.
But as they say, the best is yet to come. And in the case of white sneakers, it’s a mash up of tried and true classics and one-off collabs that continue to hit. Sneakers whose pristine exteriors wipe the proverbial slate clean on your fits, your life. To keep the circle going, we surveyed hundreds of potential sneaks, tested out the cream of the crop, and settled on these seven picks—along with 16 honorable mentions—as the best white sneakers for men. (With a few more here if you need only the best white sneakers under $100.)
Go forth and be fresh.
The Best White Sneakers Shopping Guide
- The Best White Sneakers for Budget-Conscious Minimalists: Adidas Originals Stan Smith sneaker, $85
- The Best White Sneakers Built Like Bench-Made Wingtips: Common Projects BBall leather sneakers, $460
- The Best White Sneakers that Prove Big is Beautiful: Nike Air Force 1 ’07 sneaker, $100
- The Best Version of the Best White Canvas Sneakers: Converse Chuck 70 sneaker, $90
- The Best Under-the-Radar White Sneaker: Reebok Club C 85 sneaker, $70
- The Best White Sneakers for Racing Through the Mountains: Salomon XT-6 advanced rubber-trimmed mesh sneakers, $200
- The Best New School, Fascist-Fighting White Sneakers: Stepney Workers Club Dellow leather sneaker, $99
The Best White Sneakers for Budget-Conscious Minimalists
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It might seem crazy now, well over a decade into its comeback, but for awhile there it was really hard to find a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths. In 2011, for reasons unbeknownst to us—maybe a lack of sales, maybe to create an artificial scarcity—Adidas ceased production of their most iconic tennis shoe for the first time since its launch in the early ’70s. Suddenly, the once-ubiquitous sneakers were popping up on eBay for quadruple the retail price. By the time Adidas brought them back around in 2014, people were clamoring for the OG low-tops, leading to the Great Stan Smith Boom of the 2010s. It seemed like every celebrity on the planet was stepping out in the Three Stripes classics, and scarcely an issue of GQ would go by without them popping up somewhere in our pages. The relaunch hysteria has thankfully faded over time, but the Stan Smith’s appeal absolutely hasn’t. No matter how many commas you have in your checking account, these $95 icons will give you all the ultra-clean vibes you could ask for. Just pray Adidas never takes them away again.