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Over at the Cut Shop, we are suckers for sneakers, especially when it comes to white sneakers. They’re comfortable and they rarely go out of style. Air Force Maxes or Converses are the quintessential option. We all have owned a pair. No shame in that. However, we invite you to look for a few that are somewhat under the radar.
Below, the best white sneakers to add to your summer-shoe rotation.
The New “It” Sneaker
Last summer was all about the Adidas Sambas, and this summer will be all about the Onitsuka Tigers. Skip the yellow pair you’ve seen all over Instagram and opt for them in white.
If You Really Want Some Tabis
While most people think of tabis in the form of boots or ballet flats, they also are available in the shape of white sneakers. The split-toe look may not be for everyone, but they are true conversation starters.
The Unlikely Platform
As someone who swears by my Reebok Club Cs, I would love to take this elevated style out for a spin through the city. You’ll get the same level of comfort and some added inches to your height.
The Sustainable Sneaker
Launched in 2019, Thousand Fell is a sustainable sneaker that looks like it’s made from leather, but it’s actually made from recycled bottles, natural rubber, and food-waste component parts. Like most white sneakers, you’ll eventually wear through these, but the good part is that instead of throwing them away, you can return them to the brand to be recycled. It’s a win-win for all the sustainable-minded folks out there.
Another Sustainable Pair
Made from cork, organic cotton, and recycled water bottles, you can’t talk about sustainable (and ethically made) sneakers without mentioning the Brazilian brand Cariuma. Available in an array of colors and styles, we’re partial to the white low sneakers because they’re a pair you’ll wear nonstop.
The Unlikely Hoka Option
I know what you’re thinking, and you are right: Hokas are everywhere. But not these. The Clifton L is made as a lifestyle shoe and offers some leather detailing for an elevated feel.
The One That Is Cosplaying As a Boot
These are sneakers and not boots. With golden embellishments, the industrial revolution–inspired sneakers get an edgy twist and feature a perfect chunky lugged sole.
The Dad Shoe
There’s a reason why dads all around the world wear them. The New Balance 530s are oh-so comfortable and will look great with your summer dresses.
If You’re Into Velcro
If you’re a person who cares about ease, Velcro is the way to go. Not having to tie your laces or struggle to get your foot back in to avoid tying and untying your laces? A flex. These Isabel Marant sneakers are classic and will last you a lifetime.
For the Gorpcore Enthusiast
Yes, Salomons are everywhere, but you usually catch the fun colorways and not the classic gorpcore white kicks. If you didn’t get your hands on the Sandy Liang x Salomon collaboration, bite the bullet and just get this pair.
If You Swear by Nike
Nike sure does know what it is doing when it comes to sneakers. If you’re looking for a pair that is less mainstream, try the Air Max 97s, which were designed for running but have now evolved into more of a street-style shoe. You can even design your own if you’d prefer to add a pop of color to the white base.
The Untraditional Pull-on
A review on the Merrell site describes this shoe as follows: “The sole is as sturdy as a hiking boot and the uppers are as comfortable as bedroom slippers.” Plus, Cut senior shopping editor Bianca Nieves planned all her Coachella outfits around these bad boys. They feel and look like clouds!
For the High-top Lover
These old-school platform high-top sneakers from Adidas have over 800 reviews that rave how comfortable and cute they are, even after walking miles in them. They do say they run a bit big, so it might be worth sizing down.
If You’re on the Go
Always running out the door? These canvas slip-on Supergas will sure be helpful.
For the Person Who Always Carries an Extra Pair of Shoes
Cut shopping writer Chinea Rodriguez recommends these white sneakers from Vans because they go well with her summer wardrobe. Plus, they’re small enough to fit in a tote bag if you like to change shoes before or after events.