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The Different Types of White Sneakers and How to Care for Them

Your shoe collection won't be complete without a stark white pair.
The Different Types of White Sneakers and How to Care for Them
IMAGE Gucci, Common Projects, Converse
Your shoe collection won't be complete without a stark white pair.

Shoe trends come and go, but if there's one shoe style that's extremely versatile and just never goes out of style, it has to be white sneakers. They're understated and will match just about every item in your closet—not to mention, they're super easy to style, too! So no matter how your sartorial taste swings, there's bound to be a pair of white kicks you'd love to live in. And now that the athleisure movement has paved the way for sneakers to rule our closets again, stocking up on a clean white pair is practically imperative.

How to Clean White Sneakers

The thing with white kicks is that they're pretty high-maintenance. That said, first things first: Here are three easy steps on how to clean and properly maintain your favorite pairs!

1. Spray on protection.

Once you're ready to take your white kicks out for a spin, be sure to give it a layer of protection. Shoe sprays are now available to make your sneaks water- and dirt-resistant!

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2. Spot clean immediately.

A tiny speck or splat of mud is easily noticeable when it comes to white shoes. So make sure to spot clean your kicks immediately to keep them in their pristine condition. Remember: The longer the stains stay on, the harder it is for them to come off later.

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3. Treat them to a shoe spa.

Each white sneaker fabric is different; you can't simply treat them all the same way and wash them off on your own. If you're not sure how to wash your sneaks, leave it to professional shoe cleaners to get the job done—otherwise, you might end up with yellowish pairs.

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Types of White Sneakers

1. Minimalist

If your style leans toward a fuss-free aesthetic and simple silhouettes, then classic lace-up sneakers are your best bets. Simple doesn't mean boring, though, mind you. Common Projects' sneakers, for example, are known for their 10-digit golden number stamp by the heels to signify the style, size, and color of each pair. Veja sneakers are Meghan Markle's favorite vegan pairs; while Superga and Puma offer stylish classics you can turn into everyday beaters. 

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PHOTO BY Common Projects

Achilles Low, price unavailable, COMMON PROJECT, Commonwealth, SM Aura

PHOTO BY Veja

Wata canvas sneakers, P4795, VEJA, Capital UP Town Center

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PHOTO BY Superga

2750 Cotu Classic, P2450, SUPERGA, Robinsons Magnolia

PHOTO BY Puma

Basket Studs Women's Lifestyle Sneakers, P4550, PUMA, Zalora.com.ph

2. Performance

Who says you can't wear your favorite pairs to the gym or when you're out for a run? These performance trainers are your cool options if you're looking for breathable, lightweight, and comfortable footwear. Plus, don't you think they're also stylish enough to wear on the daily? We love double-duty shoes!

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PHOTO BY Nike

Epic Phantom React, P7645, NIKE, Zalora.com.ph

PHOTO BY Under Amour

UA Aura Training Shoes, P3795, UNDER AMOUR, UP Town Center

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PHOTO BY Adidas

Ultraboost 19, P9300, ADIDAS, Uptown Mall BGC

3. Platform

For gals who need a little height boost, fret not! These platform pairs could be your stylish alternative to stilts. When it comes to footwear, these ivory pairs will not force you to choose between form and function.

PHOTO BY Converse

Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Clean Leather High Top, price unavailable, CONVERSE, Glorietta 3

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PHOTO BY Acne Studios

Manhattan sneakers, price unavailable, ACNE STUDIOS, Homme et Femme, Shangri-La Plaza

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PHOTO BY Alexander McQueen

Oversized sneakers, price unavailable, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, Shangri-La Plaza Mall

4. Slip on

For ladies who are always on the go, there's no need to worry about pesky laces. These slip-on sneaks are heaven-sent when it comes to wearability and comfort.

PHOTO BY Keds

Triple deck KS Stone embellished, P5995, KEDS, SM North EDSA

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PHOTO BY Harlan + Holden

Camino vegan shoes, P5990, HARLAN + HOLDEN, Ayala Malls The 30th

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PHOTO BY Kenneth Cole

Kam lite leather sneaker, price unavailable, KENNETH COLE, TriNoma

5. Travel

If you're someone who loves to travel the world and explore cities, then we suggest you hoard these white sneakers. They're proven to be extremely comfortable for long walks and won't give you blisters or sore feet at the end of the day! Skechers' D'lites have an air cooled memory foam that will cushion your feet all day; Onitsuka Tiger's Tsunahikis are fitted with rubber soles meant to improve your walking experience, and; Vionic's Splendid Keke pairs are made by renowned podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, who spent his life making shoes that are proven to "effectively alleviate heel pain."

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PHOTO BY Skechers

D’Lites in Sure thing, P3995, SKECHERS, Glorietta 2

PHOTO BY Onitsuka Tiger

Tsunahiki, P5090, ONITSUKA TIGER, Greenbelt 5

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PHOTO BY Vionic

Splendid Keke, P7500, VIONIC, Gateway Mall

6. Designer

Since white sneakers are already bonafide mainstays in our closets, why not invest in designer pieces that are not just trendy but also en vogue? For starters, you can go for Gucci's Ace sneakers that follow a simple silhouette but are made unique with its numerous type of embellishments. Or, how about you delve into the chunky dad sneaker territory and opt for Balenciaga's famous Triple S sneakers? Of course, if you're a street style star in the making, you'll need a Virgil Abloh-approved kicks, too—and you better get your hands on this pair of Off-White kicks! Hop on the logomania trend with Christian Dior's minimalist lace-ups while you're at it.

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PHOTO BY Gucci

Ace embroidered sneakers, price unavailable, GUCCI, Greenbelt 4

PHOTO BY Off-White

Carryover low-top leather sneakers, price unavailable, OFF-WHITE, Farfetch.com

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PHOTO BY Balenciaga

Triple S, price unavailable, BALENCIAGA, 8 Rockwell

PHOTO BY Christian Dior

Walk’n’Dior low top canvas, price unavailable, DIOR

7. Classic

Classic pairs are also a must in your closet! Among all the white sneakers in the market, the following have proven to be the most perennial—they never go out of style no matter how many shoe trends surface. What's more, they're universally flattering on just about every outfit imaginable; hence, you are assured that you can maximize their cost-per-wear. They're dressy enough to be worn on casual Fridays in the office, or to dress down your fave LBDs. These are three of the coolest shoe styles to wear with your equally classic jean-and-tee outfit combo.

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PHOTO BY Converse

Chuck Taylor All star low, P2390, CONVERSE, TriNoma

PHOTO BY Adidas

Stan Smith tennis sneakers, P9000, ADIDAS, Adidas store BGC

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PHOTO BY Tretorn

Nyliteplus Sneakers, P4790, TRETORN, SM Annex

8. Chunky

Chunky sneakers are all the rage now, so you'll have to get your hands on at least one pair if you want in on the trend! If you need help deciding, we're recommending these three kicks for their unique silhouettes, wearability, and of course, stylish aesthetic!

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PHOTO BY Fila

Disruptor WBR, P3990, FILA, SM Mall of Asia

PHOTO BY Louis Vuitton

Archlight sneakers, price unavailable, LOUIS VUITTON, Greenbelt 4

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PHOTO BY New Balance

X-Racer Hybridize pack, P4995, NEW BALANCE, Capital, Glorietta 4

9. Eco-friendly

Last on this list are eco-friendly pairs that you'd love to purchase guilt-free. You're not only wearing stylish kicks, you're also doing your part in taking care of the environment by choosing sustainable sneakers! Take a look at just some of the coolest white pairs that you can check out.

Sperry has released a line of sneakers made from plastic materials that would have otherwise wounded up on the ocean.

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PHOTO BY Sperry

Crest twin gore bionic, P3795, SPERRY, Glorietta 3

Adidas has partnered with Parley on a line of shoes that are 100% made from recycled plastic bottles.

PHOTO BY Adidas

Ultraboost x Parley, P10,000, ADIDAS, Uptown Mall BGC

Did you know that Nike has been making shoes from their own waste? Most Flyknit units are actually made from recycled materials!

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PHOTO BY Nike

Air Vapormax Flyknit 3 Shoes, P9895, NIKE, Nike Park BGC

Stella McCartney has also been taking sustainable fashion to heart. All her products are made with eco-friendly materials, giving you ample options to shop without harming Mother Earth.

PHOTO BY Stella McCartney

Eclypse sneakers, price unavailable, STELLA MCCARTNEY, Farfetch.com

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