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!
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.
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.
Types of White Sneakers
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.
Achilles Low, price unavailable, COMMON PROJECT, Commonwealth, SM Aura
Wata canvas sneakers, P4795, VEJA, Capital UP Town Center
2750 Cotu Classic, P2450, SUPERGA, Robinsons Magnolia
Basket Studs Women's Lifestyle Sneakers, P4550, PUMA, Zalora.com.ph
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!
Epic Phantom React, P7645, NIKE, Zalora.com.ph
UA Aura Training Shoes, P3795, UNDER AMOUR, UP Town Center
Ultraboost 19, P9300, ADIDAS, Uptown Mall BGC
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.
Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Clean Leather High Top, price unavailable, CONVERSE, Glorietta 3
Manhattan sneakers, price unavailable, ACNE STUDIOS, Homme et Femme, Shangri-La Plaza
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.
Triple deck KS Stone embellished, P5995, KEDS, SM North EDSA
Camino vegan shoes, P5990, HARLAN + HOLDEN, Ayala Malls The 30th
Kam lite leather sneaker, price unavailable, KENNETH COLE, TriNoma
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."
D’Lites in Sure thing, P3995, SKECHERS, Glorietta 2
Tsunahiki, P5090, ONITSUKA TIGER, Greenbelt 5
Splendid Keke, P7500, VIONIC, Gateway Mall
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.
Ace embroidered sneakers, price unavailable, GUCCI, Greenbelt 4
Carryover low-top leather sneakers, price unavailable, OFF-WHITE, Farfetch.com
Triple S, price unavailable, BALENCIAGA, 8 Rockwell
Walk’n’Dior low top canvas, price unavailable, DIOR
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.
Chuck Taylor All star low, P2390, CONVERSE, TriNoma
Stan Smith tennis sneakers, P9000, ADIDAS, Adidas store BGC
Nyliteplus Sneakers, P4790, TRETORN, SM Annex
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!
Disruptor WBR, P3990, FILA, SM Mall of Asia
Archlight sneakers, price unavailable, LOUIS VUITTON, Greenbelt 4
X-Racer Hybridize pack, P4995, NEW BALANCE, Capital, Glorietta 4
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.
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.
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!
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.
Eclypse sneakers, price unavailable, STELLA MCCARTNEY, Farfetch.com