By now you’ve probably got your fair share of lace-ups and slip-ons, but in our humble opinion, no sneaker collection is complete without at least one pair of high-top kicks. Just like their low-cut counterparts, high-tops come in a variety of colors and silhouettes fit for a wide range of style profiles. Now, you may ask, what the heck is the difference anyway? Think of the two sneaker styles the way you would a tank top and a T-shirt: On the surface, both tops serve more or less the same purpose with just a few inches worth of fabric differentiating them. And yet, most everyone would agree that both styles are closet staples and each offers their own distinct look when paired with bottoms, jackets, jewelry, and what have you. High-top sneakers are to low-top kicks what tees are to tanks—which is to say, a little extra material but a world of a difference. Below, we list some classic high-top kicks perfect for your capsule sneaker collection.
Now, when it comes to clothing or shoes, "classic" can mean one of two things: Either a plain, versatile piece considered stylish no matter the change in trends or a piece recognized for its established value over time. This list will be a mix of sneakers in both categories, so whether you’re looking for no-frills high-tops to match all your outfits or for a well-loved pair that has cemented its significance in the sneaker world, we’ve got you covered.
Complete your shoe collection with these classic high-top sneakers:
1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top
Chuck Taylor All Star High Top, P2,990, CONVERSE
When you think of high-top lace-ups, Converse’s now century-old Chuck Taylor sneaker is probably the first style that comes to mind. Originally released as a basketball shoe in the 1920s, Chucks (as they’re fondly called) sport a slim silhouette with a thick white rubber sole. The pair has achieved that rare classic status where most of its basic colorways are considered timeless—the white, black, red, and pink iterations all have their place in pop culture and fashion, and they likely always will.
2. Vans Sk8-Hi Sneakers
Sk8-Hi Sneakers, P3,998, VANS
You’re probably familiar with Vans' skater-style classic the Old Skool, but did you know the pair has a high-top version? The Sk8-Hi sneakers sport the same distinguishing design details as its low-cut counterpart, but this time around the black canvas-and-suede upper, white accents, and rubber sole are finished off with a padded material up top that wraps around the ankle. It’s the same laid-back skater favorite, but with extra coverage and stand-out power.
3. Nike Blazer Mid '77 Vintage
Blazer Mid '77 Vintage, P4,995, NIKE
Originally released in 1973, the Nike Blazer was one of The Swoosh’s first basketball shoes, taking its design inspiration from the more sleek B-ball silhouettes of decades past. Though nearly four decades since it launched, the pair maintains its classic elements of a leather upper, a nylon tongue, and a textured vulcanized rubber sole—considered "the best technology available for shoes on the court" upon original release, according to Grailed. The Blazer also pays homage to its roots with a heel logo that brings to mind vintage sportswear.
4. Uniqlo Cotton Canvas High-Cut Sneakers
Cotton Canvas High-Cut Sneakers, P1,490, UNIQLO
You already know that Japanese retail giant Uniqlo is a go-to when it comes to versatile and timeless pieces. In mid-2020, they unveiled a stylish line of lace-up sneakers in chic neutral tones. If you love high-top kicks, check out their Cotton Canvas High Cut sneakers. We’re obsessed with the all-white iteration of the pair, but you can also get them in black. Best part? They’re only P1,490 each!
Available at Uniqlo stores nationwide.
5. Adidas Forum Mid Shoes
Forum Mid Shoes, P5,000, ADIDAS
The Adidas Forum was first introduced in 1984 as a basketball shoe designed to cater to a wide variety of physical characteristics and athletics needs. The pair has remained a popular pick in the years since its original release, though now known as more of a lifestyle shoe than a sport sneaker. Released in both low- and high-top iterations (even in the '80s), the original colorway featured vibrant blue accents against white leather and you can still cop the style today!
6. Lacoste Gripshot Mid Premium Leather Sneakers
Gripshot Mid Premium Leather Sneakers, P5,950, LACOSTE
Anything Lacoste—from their classic polos to their more contemporary accessories—exudes luxury sportswear, taking inspiration from tennis apparel in particular. As you might expect, their line of sneakers fits the sporty-but-elegant aesthetic, too. Check out their high-top Gripshot leather lace-ups. The predominantly white pair features a no-frills design with minimal stitching and a beige accent on the heel. Of course, the piece is finished off with the French brand’s signature crocodile emblem on the outer side.
7. MUJI Water-Repellent Organic Cotton High-Cut Sneakers
Water-Repellent Organic Cotton High-Cut Sneakers, P2,250, MUJI
When it comes to shopping no-frills fashion, MUJI is a store you shouldn’t miss—but you minimalists were no doubt already aware of that. They offer a wide variety of simple but stylish sneakers—both lace-up and slip-on—and we’re currently eyeing their high-cut kicks, which are made from organic cotton and are water-repellent. They’re perfect for everyday use!
See a list of MUJI stores.
8. Veja Nova High Top Canvas Sneakers
Nova High Top Canvas Sneakers, P6,300, VEJA
French footwear brand Veja is known for their understated styles with each of their minimalist pairs sporting their signature V logo on the outer side. ICYDK, they also make high-top silhouettes and we’re totally eyeing the Nova. The canvas kicks sport all of the brand’s well-known design elements and we love it in this white-and-cream colorway, which would easily match all your looks and fit right in with the rest of your white-sneaker collection.
9. Air Jordan 1
Air Jordan 1, P5,795, NIKE
Both diehard sneakerheads and streetwear connoisseurs would agree that Jordans are a shoe-rack staple and the Air Jordan 1 is arguably the brand’s most recognizable silhouette. Though the pair is perhaps most famous for stand-out colorways—particularly featuring shades of red and black—we love the sportswear favorite in this all-white design.
10. Superga 2341 Alpina Shiny Gum White
2341 Alpina Shiny Gum White, P3,650, SUPERGA
Italian shoe brand Superga has been around since 1911 and is best known for their classic tennis-style sneakers. In the century since its inception, the label has managed to maintain its timeless, effortlessly elegant appeal with understated styles fit for a wide variety of style profiles. Over the years, they’ve also modernized and updated their minimalist pairs—these 2341 Alpina sneakers are a great example of the brand blending old and new. They maintain Superga’s timeless elements—like the white canvas upper and lace-up design—and breathe new life into them with a chunky off-white sole.
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