From tennis and basketball sneakers to surf-ready slip-ons, the fashion flock have fallen for white kicks, pairing them with everything from boyfriend jeans to delicate dresses at fashion week and beyond. Comfortable, affordable, and patently unfussy, if you ask us, there’s a place for a pair in every woman’s wardrobe. Below, our favorite classic styles for every personality, plus a few designer versions that are pulling at our purse strings.
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1970s: Adidas Stan Smith
Created in 1973 for tennis pro Stan Smith, these perforated sneakers, with just a splash of sporty color, have inspired countless designers this season.
1930s: Converse Jack Purcell
We love Chuck Taylors but our all-time favorite style from Converse has to be the white leather Jack Purcells. Is there a better weekend shoe?
1910s: Keds Champion
If you're not a sneaker person we recommend the more subtle Keds Champions. Bonus points if you style it with a bodysuit a la Jennifer Grey in 'Dirty Dancing'.
1980s: Nike Air Force 1
And for those who live in lace-ups, Nike's iconic basketball hightop is a super-cool option. Fun fact: the Air Force 1 was the first to use Nike Air technology.
1970s: Vans Slip-On
California girls will appreciate this particular classic; immortalized by Sean Penn in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and a West Coast staple to this day.
1960s: Tretorn Nylite
If Ali McGraw-style prep is more your vibe, we recommend Swedish label Tretorn's signature canvas kicks, made popular by tennis player Bjorn Borg.