White sneakers go with everything—which is probably why our entire office is so opinionated when it comes to our favorite pairs. Emily wears them to dress-down overly feminine pieces, Jess considers them her go-to travel shoes, and Leslie wears hers straight from work to work out. Here are each of the white sneakers we consider to be the golden standard:
I didn't wear sneakers until my 30s, opting for four-inch stilettos over comfort, but this tip single-handedly changed the way I approach my shoe collection. These days, I wear sneakers as a means to balancing-out otherwise cloyingly sweet outfits, like a pleated skirt or ultra-feminine silhouette. The first shoes to really sell me on the whole sneaker thing were this pair from Golden Goose. They're exorbitantly expensive, but I swear they elevate whatever you're wearing and their hidden sole makes them super comfortable.
Favorite White Sneaker: Golden Goose ($515)
I try to go for a thirty-minute walk each day to get some fresh air away from my computer (while listening to Conan's new podcast, which Jess turned me onto!) then head straight to Orange Theory most evenings, so I want a shoe that can take me from work to workout. Lately, I've been loving these white APL sneakers which are sleek enough to wear with jeans but still offer enough support for long walks and workouts. As a side note... I really wanted to love these Vejas, which I bought for a trip last month, but they just aren't comfortable enough for days that involve a lot of walking.
Favorite White Sneaker: APL TechLoom Phantom Sneakers ($185)
Geoffrey and I recently attempted to persuade the entire office that Common Projects are worth the money—and the debate got heated. I openly admit that it's a steep price to pay for a sneaker (though I did manage to snag mine on a family trip to Europe, which saved me around $100). But to be honest they are, in my opinion, the holy grail of white sneakers: a narrow silhouette, minimal details, and elevated enough that you could even pull them off with a power suit. I wear mine about three times per week, and if you calculate the cost per wear (which is constantly decreasing), it's a better investment than any of my high heels.
Favorite White Sneaker: Common Projects ($411)
I may be the only person in L.A. who actually walks to work everyday. Since I walk fully dressed for the day (and generally reach for a skirt or dress), I look for both comfort and style and finally settled on my Adidas Stan Smiths. I first discovered them while living abroad where I averaged over 7 miles a day in these sneakers, and although my walks are much shorter now, I still wear these almost daily, paired with my typical mini skirts. The shoe is stylish, minimal (with a pop of color), and has the best support I've found for high arches. Paired with the right bag and lip, no one would even notice you're wearing traditional sneakers.
Favorite White Sneaker: Stan Smiths ($80)
Call me crazy, but I think a basic white tennis shoe should probably cost less than $100. Blame it on my Midwestern roots, but I'm a Nike girl through and through, and they never do me wrong. I bought this pair from Zappos recently, and I love the holographic swoosh on the sides. They still go with everything, but have a sneaky little twist you probably weren't expecting. They're not the most comfortable pair of sneakers I've ever owned (that's my Nike running shoes), but they're A+ for a day at the office or chasing squirrels with Alexa. As Nike would say... just do it.
Favorite White Sneaker: Nike Court Royale ($60)
I have been wearing Converse for as long as I can remember: They are so iconic they defy trends, and who doesn’t want a little defiance in their wardrobe? Low "Chucks" (we’re on a first name basis) look great with a midi-length skirt or dress, while the high tops pair perfectly with ankle grazing jeans or make a pair of shorts look chic. Plus, they look just as cool out of the box as they do after a few year’s wear. My current favorite is the white Chuck 70 high top which has extra cushion on the sole for comfort and height. Buying tip: Consider buying a full size smaller, as these shoes tend to run large!
Shoe: Converse 70 High Top ($85)
I typically walk about 7 to 10 miles per day between classes and around Westwood (the L.A. neighborhood my university is in) so it goes without saying that comfort is very important. I love my pair of Adidas originals, which are all white with custom snakeskin and personalized with my initials. This might sound "extra" for a pair of white sneakers, but considering I wear them at least three times per week and have had them for over two years now, I'm glad I got the exact pair I wanted. They go with everything from my favorite pair of MOTHER jeans and a simple white top to a black tank dress and gold jewelry.
Favorite White Sneaker: Adidas Superstar Sneakers ($80)
If you aren't much of a sneaker girl, we've got you! Here are a few of our favorite white heels and slides:
Classic White Pump: Save - Cupcakes and Cashmere Gemmalyn Pump ($129); Splurge - Maison Souliers Slingbacks ($625)
Classic, Office-Ready Mules: Frye Mules ($258)
White Strappy Heel: Jeffrey Campbell Heels ($110)
Occasional-Ready Staples: Sam Edelman Sandals ($100)
Springtime Mule: Cupcakes and Cashmere Leviana Mule ($139)
Booties: Club Monaco Booties ($349)
Summer-Ready White Flats: Diane Von Furstenburg Slingbacks ($228)
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