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Report: White Sneakers Are Still Cool

Cheap and Cheerful is a weekly column that highlights the chicest inexpensive finds. Because nothing’s more satisfying than looking good while spending less.

In a Fashion Week fog of Balenciaga sock boots and quirky Céline sandals, designer Sara Battaglia’s street style was a breath of fresh air. She wore a gray-checked skirt-suit and carried a colorful bucket bag from her own fall collection, but what made the look was her $60 Converse sneakers.

Recall the feeling of getting a fresh pair of kicks for the first day of school: You wanted to wear them with everything, right? This is the Fashion Week version — and unlike those Balenciagas and Céline’s, you can get them all for under $120. Read on for eight options inspired by Battaglia’s look.

The Ones She Actually Wore

Converse Chuck Taylor Platform Low Tops

Like a grown-up version of Ginger Spice’s ‘90s platforms.

Because the Puma Creepers Are Sold Out

Puma Clyde Core Sneakers

Another versatile style by the sporty brand.

The Ones for Color Fanatics

Vans Old Skool Sneakers
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Vans Old Skool Sneakers

Here’s a way to do color and white sneakers at the same time. And they say you can’t have it all!

The French ‘It’ Sneaker

Veja Magenta Esplar Sneakers

French brand Veja’s sneakers are made out of organic and fair trade materials, and unlike Stan Smiths, you probably won’t see them on every trip to the deli.

The Cool New Collab

Nike x A.L.C. Cortez

Clothing brand A.L.C. partnered up with Nike to take on the 70s mainstay, the Cortez. A cool feature: The laces are just long enough to be worn like a ballet slipper.

For the Perpetually messy

Adidas Knit Gazelle Sneakers

This eggshell knit will survive the occasional puddle, and it’s so breathable.

The Preppy Ones

Tretorn NYlite Sneakers
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Tretorn NYlite Sneakers

Tretorn is quietly making a comeback among fashion types, and the deep blue accents feel right in line with the season.

The Unexpected Bargain

Coffee Lace Up Trainers

Topshop’s sneaker selection was made for minimalists who want to spend under $50.

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Report: White Sneakers Are Still Cool