The Best
Summer Sneakers

Common Projects Achilles white lace up men's sneaker

The Best Summer Sneakers

You just can’t go wrong with the holy grail of summer shoes

Since time immemorial, there have stood a few menswear concepts considered so simple yet so sacred that even the most casual dresser is fully aware of them. Rule number one of that list? White sneakers go with everything, and are therefore a must have in any wardrobe. This sartorial signpost bridges the divide between all walks of life (and all types of styles)—the simple fact of the matter is that any one in any thing looks great with white sneakers. They can add a relaxed air to an otherwise sophisticated suit, help shape up a pair of shorts and a graphic tee, cap off a button down-chino situation and so, so much more. Especially in the summertime, when boots and stuffy dress shoes are the last thing you want to wear out, but another day of sandals feels like perhaps a bit too much, white sneakers are the perfect pairing of cool meets casual.

This season's shoes are no exception to the great rule: Easy to pair, easy to wear. However, that doesn't mean that there's not room for a little something more. While it's impossible to go wrong with the classics—Chuck Taylors, AF1's and the current shoe of the summer, the Samba—designers and brands are realizing that the neutral base makes it incredibly easy to play with the design, shape, materials and more to great success. Some white chunky hikers pair very nicely with some billowy adventure pants, and a sharp leather sneaker with an unusual twist can spice up an otherwise ordinary pair of jeans instantly. With the all important matchy-matchy aspect out of the way, the best white sneakers are ones that you like the most. Browse our top picks for the best white sneakers of the summer below.

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The Best White Sneakers
in 2021

adidas Samba Vegan Sneaker

Samba vegan sneaker,
$90 by adidas

Brooks Brothers x FILA LX Tennis Shoe

LX tennis shoe,
$158 / $118.50 by Brooks Brothers x FILA

Vans Canvas Old Skool Sneaker

Canvas Old Skool sneaker,
$60 by Vans

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Hi Sneaker

Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Hi sneaker,
$84.95 by Converse

Nike Blazer Mid 77 Vintage Sneaker

Blazer Mid '77 vintage sneaker,
$100 by Nike

Oliver Cabell Italian Low 1 Gum-Sole Sneaker

Italian Low 1 gum-sole sneaker,
$225 by Oliver Cabell

Salomon XT-6 ADV Running Shoe

XT-6 ADV running shoe,
$220 by Salomon

New Balance Casablanca 327 Sneaker

Casablanca 327 sneaker,
$150 by New Balance

GREATS The Royal Knit Sneaker

The Royal knit sneaker,
$119 by GREATS

Everlane The Forever Sneaker

The Forever sneaker,
$65 by Everlane

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 6 Sneaker

Stinson ATR 6 sneaker,
$160 by Hoka One One

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Sneaker

Mexico 66 sneaker,
$95 by Onitsuka Tiger

Common Projects Achilles Lace Up Sneaker

Achilles lace up sneaker,
$425 by Common Projects

Veja V-10 Sneaker

V-10 sneaker,
$150 by Veja

ON The Roger Clubhouse Sneaker

“The Roger” clubhouse sneaker,
$195 by ON

Reebok x Maison Margiela MM Classic Leather Tabi Sneaker

MM Classic leather tabi sneaker,
$300 by Reebok x Maison Margiela

HYKE x adidas AH-003 Sneaker

AH-003 sneaker,
$189 / $125 by HYKE x adidas

On Your Markk,
Get Set, Scrub!

With a jam-packed summer, it’s easy to forget the little things—like keeping your (not so) white sneakers pristine. Luckily, this tried-and-true cleaning kit by Jason Markk makes the process incredibly easy and lightning fast. Just wipe down, brush off and let dry to restore and refresh.

$16 / $14.96 by Jason Markk

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