If there’s one item that has bridged the divide between casual and formal in contemporary menswear, it’s the white sneaker. Shoes that were once strictly for athletic purposes have been transformed into a highly needed essential, providing a versatile and classic footwear to almost any outfit. Here are a few of my favourite white sneakers on the market now. *Please make sure to keep them clean. I mean after all, white sneakers are meant to be white.
Footwear is perhaps one of the most important aspects of a guys wardrobe
• THE WHITE SNEAKER ARCHIVE •
IDRESE – NUNO
You will love Idrese if you love wingtips and monk straps. When the weekend hits we all need a pair of minimal white sneakers. Made with Italian Nappa leather and a Margom sole, they’ll go wherever your Saturday takes you. Don’t be afraid to scuff them up a little, they do get better with age. The shoes are crafted in Spain, the shoemaking capital of the world. Actually just a few blocks away from world renown brands such as Magnanni and Umber.
€215 – IDRESE
Adidas – Stan Smith
A certified iconic sneaker that although predominantly white, offers a subtle flash of colour in its detailing. The Stan Smith is a fail-safe option that is chunkier than other plimsoll-inspired silhouettes but can still be dressed up with tailoring or down with jeans and chinos. Once again make sure they are kept spotless.
€79 – End Clothing
Nike – Air Force 1
The classic show stopping Nike Air Force 1. It has a perforated toe cap allows your feet to breathe, and the padded back keeps your ankles secure and comfortable. Elongate your legs and add a bit of extra height thanks to its platform sole, which is fantastic and soft on your feet. You can wear this with a pair of relaxed jeans, sweatshirt, and you’ll be the most fashionable guy everywhere you go.
€95 – End Clothing
Common Projects – Original Achilles
Understated, minimal and sought after – the cult New York sneaker company’s Original Achilles Low is a contemporary menswear icon. Made in Italy with a superior construction and trademark golden hot-stamped serial number, Common Projects have mastered the minimal white sneaker, creating a style that’s perfect for both smart and casual looks. Often imitated, never bettered.
€375 – End Clothing
Givenchy – Urban Street
Nothing says sleek like black and white sneakers. These Givenchy shoes combine sophisticated French design with a cutting edge twist. The white leather works perfectly for a smart casual event, and the soft soles give the comfort you need to wear them daily. Wear these with a T-shirt and jeans for an effortless feel.
€439 – End Clothing
OLIVER CABELL – LOW 1
Their design has a very clean cut, with very little flourishes on the shoe itself to give the shoe a strong minimalist look. However, while they’re keeping the silhouette the same, Oliver Cabell has completely revamped everything else. The Low 1 White is an iconic low-top silhouette hand crafted in the Marche region of Italy. Coupled with buttery Italian calfskin leather and Margom outsoles.
€175 – Oliver Cabell
Alexander McQueen – Heel Tab Wedge Sole
White smooth calf leather lace-up sneaker with rounded toe and trimmed with white leather heel detail. Large flat laces and Alexander McQueen signature on tongue and heel counter. Oversized rubber sole. To lessen our environmental impact and to reduce cotton consumption, we will no longer be providing a dust bag with our sneakers.
€415 – End Clothing
AXEL ARIGATO – CLEAN 90 SNEAKER
A true Scandinavian classic, the Clean 90 sneaker from Swedish label Axel Arigato is aptly named; cut from smooth, supple leather, it has a sleek, simple silhouette, as clean as streetwear favourites come. This pure white pair is fitted with cushioned footbeds and signed off with the label’s gold foil branding.
€185 – End Clothing
The all-white shoe is a staple of style, and for a good reason. It’s pair-able with almost everything, provides a clean foundation for other clothing items to show their potential, and offers a level of class that is hard for other shoe colors to replicate. If you are a fashion-minded person who is looking to step his game up when it comes to stylish shoes, you need to have at least one pair of all-white sneakers in your arsenal.
I hope some of the sneakers I have mentioned above are pairs that you will wear and add to you collection. At the moment I have the Air Force 1’s and the Stan Smiths also just ordered the Axel Arigato Clean 90’s. I will be posting a more in depth post about them later on. I’ve also added the OLIVER CABELL Low 1’s to my nowadays short list of to Buy’s.