Not-So-Basic White Sneakers Are About to Become Your Go-To Shoe

Not-So-Basic White Sneakers Are About to Become Your Go-To Shoe
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My love affair with white sneakers started in 2013. I dipped my toes in the trend with a pair of white high-top Chuck Taylors. They were incredibly versatile, and they instantly made me feel cooler than my outfits actually were. I thought my white sneaker relationship ended with these Converse, but on a crisp fall morning in 2015, I spotted a pair of white Stan Smith Adidas sneakers on my roommate—and the love affair began again.

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How could a pair of white sneakers be so comfortable and look so good with everything I wore? I quickly said goodbye to heels and other uncomfortable shoes I bought for the sake of “fashion” and started a serious relationship with white sneakers. I’m now the proud owner of more than 10 pairs of white sneakers—some simple, some bolder—and I’ve never looked back.

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Though the white sneaker has been a fashion staple for some time, the resurgence of all things retro and vintage has solidified its place in the contemporary fashion landscape. We’ve had a good run with classic white sneakers, but this year is about taking things to the next level. We’re talking platforms, “dad” sneakers, embellishments, pops of metallics and, you know, a whole lot more.

Even these not-so-basic white sneakers can be dressed up with your go-to summer maxi, made chic with a tailored suit, or kept casual with jeans and a tee. It’s still the only shoe you’ll need pack for vacation—and probably the only shoe you’ll want to wear for the rest of summer.

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Ahead, you’ll find 13 not-so-basic white sneakers—comfortable, stylish shoes that’ll leave you questioning why you’ve been wearing any shoe other than these.

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Queen of Hearts

Maximalism meets the simplicity of a white sneaker.

Leather sneakers, $1,195 at Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Dolce & Gabbana.
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Pastel Party

The '80s called, and they wanted me to pass along your new favorite shoes.

Freestyle Hi x Glow sneakers, $85 at Reebok

Photo: Reebok.
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Touch of Gold

The added metallic detail on the shoe instantly elevates these sneakers.

Hi Star sneakers, $530 at Golden Goose

Photo: Golden Goose.
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The Retro Sole

These retro chunky sneakers will brighten up any look.

Stella McCartney Eclypse sneakers, $535 at Selfridges

Photo: Selfridges.
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Rainbow Bright

The handwoven rainbow stripe is such a must-have detail.

Logan sneaker, $325 at Loeffler Randall

Photo: Loeffler Randall.
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The Sneaker Mule

A mule sneaker with floral embellishments—need we say more?

Lilico Jessie sneakers, $450 at Sophia Webster

Photo: Sophia Webster.
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Dots & Hearts

Polka dots are everywhere in 2018. It's only right they make their way onto your sneakers, too.

Comme Des Garcons PLAY x Converse sneakers, $135 at Barneys New York

Photo: Barneys New York.
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The Metallic Maven

A little metallic detail never hurt anyone, and these sneakers are the surest way to up your shoe game.

Double sneakers, $675 at Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Giuseppe Zanotti.
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Floral Details

Adidas shoes are a tried-and-true white sneaker favorite, but the floral detail in these new Superstar Ws is making us fall in love with them even more.

Superstar W sneakers, $100 at Adidas

Photo: Adidas.
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The Tassel Laces

Add a preppy touch to your look with these tassel-laced sneakers.

Cassetta leather sneakers, $416 at MyTheresa

Photo: MyTheresa.
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The Platform Sneaker

The Alta is a handcrafted limited-edition sneaker you'll want to add to your sneaker roster ASAP.

The Alta sneaker, $199 at Greats

Photo: Greats.
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Logo Sneaks

We're obsessed with this JW Anderson/Converse collab.

White logo grid Chuck Taylor Converse, $120 at JW Anderson

Photo: JW Anderson.
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Golden Embroidery Detail

The subtle gold embroidery adds a fun yet elevated touch to these classic white sneakers.

Aquazzura Surflask embroidered leather sneakers, $414 at MyTheresa

Photo: MyTheresa.

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