White sneakers have long ruled the streets, taking a firm hold on the fashion agenda – and this season is no different.
Some of the latest and most sought after shoes, from Nike to Buffalos, are white trainers that can be worn by men and women alike.
Simple, effective and now an iconic streetwear staple, the versatility of white sneakers cannot be underestimated and this no doubt plays a major part in their popularity. They can be easily paired with office attire, weekend misadventures and after work pub sessions to take you from day to play.
Our favourite footwear designers have harked back to their archives to reinvent sneakers from the 1980s and 90s and we’re making a beeline straight for them, pairing them with scrunchies, alice bands and slides and barrettes for the full nostalgic look.
For a fashion go-to or just to elevate the basics, check out the best white sneakers to cop this season.
Nike Air Max Dia SE
Nike launched its new silhouette, the Air Max Dia earlier this year in seven different colourways and has already become a fashion favourite. The shoes have a sleek, minimalistic design that features a translucent mesh upper with an Air unit.
£104.95 | Nike | Buy it now
Continental 80 Shoes
The iconic 80s style is back and better than ever with 19 colourways and counting. The shoes are comprised of a soft leather upper and rubber cupsole for the full retro look.
£74.95 | Adidas | Buy it now
Buffalo Platform Trainers
When it comes to these iconic 90s trainers, we are channelling our inner Spice Girl and living by the motto that bigger is always better. The brand offers a range of silhouettes that include this model with an XXL platform heel variations and a lower-key (relatively) option from Urban Outfitters with a strap detail.
£192 | Office | Buy it now
Converse x JW Anderson Chuck 70 Grid
British designer JW Anderson has partnered up with Converse to reimagine the brand’s iconic Chuck 70 model. If you weren’t able to get your hands on the Run Star Hike model, check out these logo-embellished hi tops.
£90 | Converse | Buy it now
Hiking boots meet trainers for a stacked sneaker that you will want to immediately add to your collection. The hybrid shoe is back from the Cat Footwear archives and takes the thick rubber outsole from performance hiking shoes with an upper mesh lining that is very chunky Dad trainer.
£85 | Cat Footwear | Buy it now
Diadora Mi Basket H Leather MDS
It feels only right with the announcement of Space Jam 2 that basketball inspired silhouettes are back on the fashion agenda. Taking inspiration from the Diadora heritage, the MI Basket is one of the brand’s most beloved models with a hi-top, “bounce back” cushion technology and 80s colourful stripe detailing.
£210 | Diadora | Buy it now
Fila Disruptor II Premium
Originally released in 1996 and back for spring 2018, we had to cop Fila’s Disruptors as soon as we saw them. All-white leather with a razor edge serrated sole, these chunky sneakers have the Fila branding debossed on the side and on the tongue. They are also available in gold, turquoise and grey.
Off-White Industrial Leather High-Top Sneakers
Alongside the label’s sold out collaboration with Nike, in which each drop sells out in a matter of minutes, Off-White has released these ‘Industrial’ sneakers featuring Virgil Abloh’s signature details, such as the hazard tap emblazoned with the brand’s name, the arrow emblem and neon orange zip tie.
£445 | Mr Porter | Buy it now
Nike M2k Tekno Trainers
The M2k trainers are one of our favourite silhouettes of the season and we are not alone. The streetwear set cannot get enough of the sneaker’s extensive colour ranges. The shoe features a leather upper with embroidered details and a chunky sole.
£89.99 | Office | Buy it now
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC White Strike 205 Sneakers
Tap into the oversized shoe trend with Calvin Klein’s answer to dad trainers. The sporty shoes feature calfskin, suede and mesh upper details set on a chunky sole. Turning retro-futurism into a street style must-have, these eye-catching white sneakers have a subtle branding in the sole and on the tongue.
£715 | SSense | Buy it now
Reebok’s first shoe marketed at female consumers in 80s, the Freestyle Hi is back. A chic alternative to the ‘dad’ trainer craze, they are a celebrity favourite, worn most recently by Lily-Rose Depp. The old school sneakers feature a Velcro ankle strap, lightweight cushioning inside and a supportive leather upper. You can also have them personalised.
£69.95 | Reebok | Buy it now
Flashtrek sneaker with removable crystals
If you are looking for a bold statement shoe, you have come to the right place. These Gucci numbers are embellished with crystal straps (that are removable) and take inspiration from the hiking trainer hybrid trend.
£1,080 | Gucci | Buy it now
Prada Cloudbust Sneakers
The stand out shoe at Prada’s Resort 2018 show is now available to shop. The style marks the brand’s revival of its nylon-based sportswear line that was first released in 1999. The futuristic shoe is composed of a white mesh and grey and black details as well as a Velcro fastening. Pair with long socks and a colourful outfit to make them pop.
£580 | Prada | Buy it now
Nike Air Max 97 OG
Celebrating the 90s when these shoes were first released, the Air Max 97 is available in a large range of colourways – but the triple white is definitely the most versatile. Back 20 years later and with a bang, they feature plush cushioning, layered leather, and the legendary transparent Air sole.
£145 | Size | Buy it now
ROA ridged sole sneakers
Combining function and fashion, these sneakers are from ROA, a brand that specialises primarily in premium hiking boots. With this in mind, ROA has created these sneakers that are composed of hard wearing materials so you can tackle whatever the British summer throws at you.
£274 | Farfetch | Buy it now
Thunder Leather Trainers
The Thunder Puma trainers are the brand’s answers to the chunky sneaker trend with a sleeker feel. The silhouette was created in homage to the brand’s 90s PUMA x McQueen collaboration with exaggerated detailing, XL proportions and bold colour blocking. The all-white sneakers are embellished with a logo detailing at the back on the shoe in contrast black stitching.
£110 | Puma | Buy it now
Karhu Fusion 2.0
You may not have heard of Finnish brand Karhu but it is already a favourite of Kanye West’s who rarely sways from his own Yeezy trainers. If that’s not a testament to the brand – what is? Named after the Finnish word for bear, Fusion 2.0 are an updated version of the label’s 90s sneaker. So whether you are trekking through the forests in Finland or being papped as the street style star that you are, these shoes will do the trick.
£110 | Karhu | Buy it now
Alexander McQueen Leather Trainers
These Alexander McQueen sneakers feature an extended heel, perforated sides and gold print logo. While versions of these very popular shoes have appeared all over the high street, the originals are a step above the rest. The trim of the heel is available in a range of colours, including red and navy.
£360 | Alexander McQueen | Buy it now
Adidas’ latest offering, the POD put an emphasis back on performance, while also paying special attention to comfort. The sneakers are composed of a boost heel with the sportswear label’s comfort technology as well as a Point of Deflection bridge for flexibility and to support the natural torsion of your feet.
£55.96 | Adidas | Buy it now
Diamond/ F White Calf Leather with Patent Low Top Trainers
These hugely popular Jimmy Choo trainers will make an elegant wedding shoe for the party portion of your celebrations. When your heels start to rub on your feet, these stylish options will help you dance the night away in comfort without sacrificing your look. The trainers have a diamond-inspired chunky sole and a silver lace up detailling.
£595 | Jimmy Choo | Buy it now
ASH ADDICT Sneakers Off-White Leather & Mesh
Our obsession with the chunky Dad trainer shows no signs of slowing day and these ASH trainers will help you tap into the trend. Taking inspiration from 90s silhouettes, the trainers have leather and suede panels on mesh with a rubber sole.
£225 | Ash Footwear | Buy it now
With the wedge bubble sole, Superga’s flatforms add that little bit extra height. The label’s iconic shoes are fun and feminine while the leather outers are easy to wipe clean.
£95 | Superga | Buy it now
Saucony ’White Noise’ Kinvara 9 Women’s Running Shoes
Expertly combining comfort and performance, these Saucony trainers are designed with an unparalleled underfoot feel. Let blisters and sores become a thing of the past with these sneakers that feature a breathable mesh upper and a supportive fit as well as a lightweight cushioning midsole. They are further embellished with a refined and elegant marble-like design.
£57.49 | Sports Shoes | Buy it now
White sneakers are the must-have staple this spring and the stand-out shoe has got to be the Fila Disruptors for the nostalgia as well as the on-trend chunky design.
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