25 Best White Sneakers & Shoes For Men in 2023: Leather, Canvas, Casual, and More

Why We Like Them: A clean pair of Chucks is about as classic as it gets, but the ’70s version spotlighted here adds a little welcome retro flavor. 

How to Style Them: With a slouchy suit and a threadbare vintage tee, or a full-on Canadian Tuxedo. 

The Best Under-the-Radar White Sneaker

Material: Leather Fit: True to Size Size: 3.5-15

If Pete Doherty’s lyrics and every issue of NME from the ‘90s are to be believed, the Reebok Club C is the most-worn sneaker—sorry, trainer—by wayward youths in the British Isles. It’s also the very same sneaker that Harry Styles himself turns to to up the ante on a clean look. What makes the Club C such an ideal all-purpose shoe? It’s nondescript enough to work with everything in your wardrobe, but still distinctive enough (that tiny Union Jack on the logo!) to not look totally bland. If you’re keen to switch up your regular rotation of Chucks and Stan Smiths—or you’re a really big Pulp fan—the Club C is the way to go.

Why We Like Them: They helped one GQ writer kicks his kicks kick—and they’ll do the same for you. 

How to Style Them: One word: jorts. 

The Best White Sneakers for Racing Through the Mountains

Salomon XT-6 advanced rubber-trimmed mesh sneakers

Material: Mesh and rubber Fit: True to Size Size: 7.5-13.5

When the legendary French outdoors outfitter Salomon wanted to get more people interested in their hyper-functional sneakers, they scoured their archives for silhouettes that could serve as canvasses for wild colorways: electric limes, fire truck reds, fresh ocean blues. As it happens, though, Salomon’s shoes look plenty sharp with no color at all. The nylon mesh, sleek panels, and quick-lace system work even better together iced out in glacial whites, and the grippy lug soles seem somehow fiercer. Like all Salomon kicks, the XT-6 has all the tools to conquer craggy mountainsides, but it’ll perform just as well on the city streets with your biggest brunch fits.

Why We Like Them:  Sleek, stylish, and rooted in practical design, our 2019 Sneaker of the Year still scores top marks in form and function, a rare double-whammy that makes it difficult to beat. 

How to Style Them: With tech-y cargos or crinkly nylon shorts. When in doubt, anchoring an all-black fit with white sneakers never fails. 

The Best New School, Fascist-Fighting White Sneakers

Stepney Workers Club “Dellow” leather sneaker

Material: Leather Fit: True to Size Size: 7-14

A lot of upstart brands try their hands at making retro vulcanized sneakers, but few have as rich a backstory or as distinct a point of view as Stepney Workers Club. Founded in London in 2018, S.W.C. borrows its name from a 1920s anti-fascist sports group, and its signature model—the Dellow—is based directly on an old canvas sneaker the brand’s designers once came across. They updated the simple design and beautiful construction, added their own winsome handshake logo, and then decked the shoe out in a wide range of colors and materials. These days you can find the Dellow in smooth suedes and hardy canvases, but for our money the best version is this white leather version. It’s less than $90 for a sneaker with decades of history and smart design under its belt. That’s how you craft an instant classic, kids.

Why We Like Them: The pristine canvas upper is a star in its own right, but the thick rubber outsole is the real scene-stealer; beat it into the ground and it’ll only look better for the wear.

How to Style Them: With sturdy work pants or crisp trousers, just like in the old days. 

Plus 13 More White Sneakers We Love

Jordan 1 retro high 85 sneakers

The silhouette that birthed modern sneaker culture looks even more grail-worthy in shades of white and gray.

Adidas Originals forum low sneakers

If pristine, white sneakers trigger a mini panic attack, a pair of retro hoop shoes—a hit off the court for the last couple of years thanks to their laid back, retro vibe—should do the trick.

New Balance M2002RHQ sneakers

Warning: Your dad might do a hard double-take when he sees these—and then try and steal them off your feet. 

Salomon ACS Pro sneakers

Rugged enough to hit the trails (thanks to super grippy outsoles and breathable mesh uppers) but sleek enough to make a splash on the streets. 

Maison Margiela classic replica sneakers

Margiela’s elevated spin on a classic German army trainer has been an upmarket smash for more than two decades.

Jason Dill x Adidas “Samba” sneakers

The shoe of the summer still looks killer in the winter—and even better stripped down to its bare essentials, courtesy of the biggest design brain in the skate world.

Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage shoe

The Swoosh’s first-ever hoops model still looks fresh as hell almost 50 years after its 1972 debut.

Adidas “Rivarly Low 86” shoes

Pre-worn with a vintage-y yellow staining along the footbed and laces, these sneakers are like your dad’s go-to pair from the mid-eighties minus the mothballs.

Onitsuka Tiger “Mexico 66” sneakers

Indie sleaze nostalgists and Y2K fashionistas may not agree on anything but these. 

Asics GEl-SONOMA 15-50 Sneakers

These shoes were made for walking and turning heads with equal measure.

Puma “Super Liga OG Retro” sneakers

We’re calling it now: Pumas are long overdue for a comeback. Cop this retro pair before they start spamming your feed.

Superga 2750 COTU classic sneaker

The last time you touched foot on a court was probably during summer camp but you still have every right to enjoy a fresh pair.


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