Our buying guide Best Men’s White Sneakers will show you the cleanest kicks you can buy for the summer. White kicks go with everything and now that the weather is getting warmer it’s time to break them out or pick up a new pair. Our list has offerings from some of the top shoe brands including Adidas, Converse, Rancourt, Common Projects, and Nike. Whatever your occasion a pair of white kicks will kick your outfit up a notch. Our first offering is a shoe that’s been on the market since 1971, Adidas Originals Stan Smith.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith
If you’re into white kicks, then you’ve heard of Adidas Originals Stan Smiths ($75). They were originally created in 1971 for Tennis Star Stan Smith. Stan Smiths are the epitome of clean. The feature a smooth full grain leather upper with a classic perforated three stripe design. The whole kit sits on a tonal rubber outsole. It seems like overkill, but you’ll want to get all four pairs of these classic Stans: The red, green, blue, and white tab.
Converse 70s All-Star in Mono White
Just white, all white, and nothing but white. The Converse Chuck Taylor 1970s OX ($75) were originally released in 1917 and more than a century later, this silhouette is still very much in fashion. The latest iteration pays homage to the All star design with limited edition branding on the heel. Additional features include premium canvas uppers, vulcanized soles, and a tonal toe box.
Vor 1a Kautschuk White Mens Shoe
Vor is a German brand that hand makes some beautiful shoes. One of their offerings is the Vor 1A Kautschuk White Mens Shoe ($380). For each of their designs they spend weeks, even months developing the shoes unique outsoles. They spend just as much time finding the right leather and the right color. You can see the attention to details in every aspect of the Kautschuk shoe. The upper is a simple luxury leather without any adornment except for a unique recessed heel tab. The whole kit sits on a just as simplistic gum midsole. Together these two pieces make one of the most beautiful shoes on our list.
Converse Jack Purcell Signature
The Converse Jack Purcell Signature Low Top ($70) is the latest iteration of the classic canvas shoe. It’s added premium canvas and Nike Zoom Air cushioning for greater comfort. Additional features include OrthoLite sock liner and Converse Comfort Wedge for cushioning. Rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for traction and medial eyelets for enhanced airflow. Also, lets not forget the baby blue sole for that special touch.
Rancourt Co. Court Classic Low
The Rancourt Co. Court Classic Low ($260) is made in Main, but it’s not a boat shoe. It’s something much more. This beautiful shoe may be on the expensive side by it has a lot to offer. The upper is made from a Weston full-grain cowhide tanned in Main that’s fully lined with Horween’s Casco horsehide lining. The whole kit sits on a Vibram Strighton Outsole which provides exceptional traction. Additional feature
Common Projects Achilles Retro Lo
If you ever get serious about your white shoe arsenal, then the Common Projects Achilles Retro Lo ($409) eventually make their way into the conversation. With their clean lines and minimal branding it seems the word ‘clean’ was created just for these shoes. The uppers are made from a scrumptious Italian leather that’s stitched to a vulcanized rubber sole. This is obviously a superior construction method compared to just glue alone. Each shoe is stamped with a unique code that marks the color, code and size.
Nike Killshot 2 Sneaker
The Nike Killshot 2 Sneakers ($90) are one of my favorite shoes. I even have a pair at home. But they are also the hardest to get in your hands.
Every so often J. Crew will roll out another batch, but they’re usually sold out again within a couple of days. If you want to cop a pair quickly you’ll have to go the eBay route. But you will pay a premium. You’re probably looking at $100-$200 a pair.
The original Killshots were introduced 30 years ago as a low profile tennis shoe. The latest editions feature a beautiful white leather upper with suede toe box and heel. The whole kit sits on a natural gum rubber sole. These would be the shoe that would be my #1 choice to buy if you don’t already have a pair if they were available. But not at $200. I would instead save up for the Common Projects.
Todd Snyder PF Flyer Nubuck Rambler
The Todd Snyder Rambler Hi ($160) is the only hi-top on our list. Todd Snyder is one of America’s top fashion icons. He creates mostly casual clothing inspired by vintage sports made to the highest quality. The uppers are made from an all-white premium Cheveux leather with a soft lampskin leather lining. They utilize a folded edge and closed seam construction for durability. The whole kit sits on a tonal outsole. Besides the white, the ramblers are also available in black and saddle brown.
J. Crew New Balance For J.Crew 791 Leather Sneakers – White Gum
One of my favorite shoes in our best mens white sneakers buying guide are the Nike Killshot 2’s. Because they’re usually sold out, the New Balance 791 X J. Crew Sneakers ($75) are a nice alternative. The 791’s are a classic New Balance model, but they’ve been given a modern update with this release. The leather uppers feature the famous New Balance N in perforation with blue tabs on the tongue and heels, and a fleece lining. The whole kit sits on a gum rubber sole, which contracts with the upper beautifully. As of this writing they are low on stock, but the usually refresh these shoes more frequently than the Killshots.
Reebok Classic Leather White & Gum
I had a pair of these back in the day and loved them. The Reebok Classic Leather White Gum ($53) is the least expensive shoe on our list but are definitely worthy of their place. The uppers feature a classic leather upper with Reebok logo on the tongue, heel, and side. It sits on a tonal die-cut EVA midsole with a gum outsole to finish the shoe off perfectly. Additional features include a lace-up with blind eyelets, tonally stitched underlays, and a perforated vamp.
Vans for J.Crew canvas authentic sneakers
No white shoe collection would be complete without a pair of Vans. The Vans for J. Crew Canvas Sneaker ($60) has been a classic since 1966. These are the epitome of summer fashion. These canvas beauties pay homage to the timeless appeal of effortlessness. Whether you’re on the beach, the boardwalk, or an urban setting, these will be your go-to shoes. The latest versions feature a canvas upper with white metal eyelets, a cotton drill cloth lining, and heavy-duty nylon laces. The whole kit sits on a vulcanized rubber midsole with a gum rubber outsole with a classic waffle tread.