Sandals might steal the spotlight when it comes to warm-weather footwear — especially with all the strappy heels and updated slides dominating the fashion landscape right now. But trends aside, there’s one summer shoe that goes with everything, is supremely comfortable, and best of all, is probably already sitting in your closet: the white sneaker. It may not be the most novel of options, but with so many white sneaker outfits you can easily put together, a pair of fresh, bright kicks is a wardrobe power-player you can wear all season long.
Don't write off white sneakers as boring because, in fact, they come in a wide range of cool fabrications. You can opt for a classic canvas version, a luxury designer lace-up, something athletic and performance-geared, or perhaps a pair of vintage-inspired trainers or chunky dad shoes. Add to that the fact that each take can be styled in a number of unique ways. Simple white kicks feel fashion forward when paired with a flirty minidress or your favorite jeans-and-tee combo. For a trendier vibe, play with unexpected combinations, like old-school sport sneakers with a sheer organza frock or elegant jacquard dress, or white leather tennis shoes with a slinky slip or prim tweed skirt suit. To kickstart your outfit planning, here are some influencer-inspired ideas for styling white sneakers that’ll put them at the center of your summer wardrobe.
With A White Bodycon
A fitted midi dress lends a feminine touch to clunky basketball low-tops, while head-to-toe white looks ultra fresh for summer.
With Vintage Jeans
You can't go wrong with vintage denim and white canvas sneakers. Knot a lightweight knit around your shoulders and accessorize with oval sunnies, gold hoops, and a baseball cap to round out the '90s normcore appeal.
With An ‘80s Party Dress
A pair of casual leather sneakers can help balance an '80s-inspired silhouette with exaggerated shoulders and make it feel less over-the-top.
With Streetwear Staples
Thick-soled sneakers are the shoe of choice for the downtown-cool crowd. Keep things looking sharp with a tailored blazer and longline shorts, plus a fanny pack to cinch the waist.
With A Floral Frock
A floaty floral sundress is key if you're traveling this summer — it'll work for day or night, and be appropriate for any warm-weather destination. Instead of sandals or ballet flats, which may not hold up through several days of heavy walking, opt for white sneakers to keep your feet happy and your outfit on point. Just make sure you treat them with a protectant spray first, or they probably won't be white anymore by the end of your trip.
With Tailored Trouser Shorts
Managing to successfully pull off shorts and sneakers at the office is every career woman's dream once the summer heat takes hold. Keep the trouser shorts tailored and the sneakers classic and simple and you should be good to go.
With A Ladylike Skirt Suit
Remember in the '80s and '90s when working women in New York City wore white sneakers with their colorful skirt suits as they headed into the office? Put a modern spin on this throwback commuter look and wear chic tweed separates with streamlined white trainers — but then don't change your shoes upon arrival.
With Track Pants
Sporty Spice made track pants and sneakers her sartorial M.O. and the combo still works over two decades later. Pick a pair of wind pants that are bold and bright, then make like Mel C. and add a white tank and trainers.
With Preppy Pleats
There's an inherent preppy quality to bright, pristine sneakers, so you might as well lean into it. An ensemble of tennis whites (think pleated skirts and mini dresses, flippy skorts, etc.) looks good off the courts too.
With A Voluminous Babydoll
When your dress is as voluminous and whimsical as this, a no-frills white sneaker is the perfect shoe to balance it out without competing.
With Tie-Dye Prints
The obsession with all things tie-dye this season means simple shoes are an absolute necessity. Wear white sneakers with a colorful dip-dyed dress, or keep it California cool in a splashy tee and jeans.
With Sleek Cycling Shorts
Look entirely put-together with minimal effort and maximum comfort in this combo of a sleek blazer, knee-length cycling shorts, and oversized white trainers.
With A Sporty Swimsuit
Channel a vintage Miami Beach vibe in an athletic one-piece and white Air Force 1 sneakers. Scrunched-down sports socks optional, but encouraged.
With A Silky Slip
When styling a breezy slip dress with white sneakers, try a version with a slight platform to elevate your look both literally and figuratively.
With Laidback Basics
When you can't be bothered to plan out a masterpiece of an outfit keep this understated ensemble in mind. A crisp linen top, slouchy utility shorts, and clean white sneakers are easy and effortless. Sometimes simple is best.
With An Elegant Dress
Who says you have to wear fancy shoes when you wear a fancy dress? Break the rules and let some classic white kicks peek out from below your glamorous jacquard dress.
With A Statement Top
High-rise blue jeans and white high-top Converse are the no-brainer foundation pieces your summer wardrobe needs — all you'll have to think about is what top to wear. Consider a red statement top for a fashion-forward update to the classic All-American color palette.
With Neon Athleisure
White sneakers have been a staple of the athleisure look since Princess Diana was rocking a baggy sweatshirt and bike shorts on the streets of London. Bring this performance-wear ensemble into 2019 with a touch of neon.
With A Relaxed Shirtdress
Your new go-to summer style formula couldn't be easier: a striped shirtdress + old-school white trainers. Done.
With A Sheer Dress
Get creative with your combinations and wear some white dad sneakers with a sheer organza dress over a bodysuit or bikini set.