Step aside, Birkenstocks. See you later, Tevas. There’s a new crazy-comfortable footwear trend in town—and fortunately for those of us who were hesitant to slip into the ugly shoes of recent seasons past, it’s a far more conventionally attractive one.
Over the past several months, snow-white sneakers have been popping up on the feet of the fashion world’s finest, landing magazine editorials and dominating the street style scene. The ideal, minimalist answer to the aching arches and cramped toes that go hand-in-hand with heels, they pair perfectly with everything from cocktail dresses to mixed prints to boyfriend jeans.
Over the past few years, "more is more" has been the general attitude towards athletic footwear; just look at Nike’s floral collaboration with Liberty of London or the bold, multicolored Flyknits we’ve been spotting both in and outside of the gym for several seasons running. Perhaps that’s exactly why a classic, bright white court sneaker feels so fresh right now: it’s a perfect palate cleanser, the rubber-soled remedy for a closet full of neon.
And shoe brands are stepping right up, so to speak, to satisfy our white trainer cravings. Just last month, Adidas reissued its beloved Stan Smith style—a shoe first introduced in the ’70s—to the delight of editors, bloggers and designers (Marc Jacobs and Céline’s Phoebe Philo are both fans) alike. As for Nike? Earlier this month, the sportswear brand teamed up with A.P.C. on a pair of no-frills, all-white Blazers that flew off of shelves in record time. And don’t overlook Superga, Keds or Converse—all three of these heritage labels offer snowy white sneaks in canvas and leather that are right in line with the look.
Can’t get enough of this season’s white sneaker trend either? Click through above to shop 15 standout pairs, and to see how our favorite street style stars and Lucky Community members style theirs. Now the only tricky part’s figuring out how to keep your new sneaks clean (we suggest a big bottle of Clorox, Scotchgard and, well, just being careful where you step).