The Different Types of White Sneakers and How to Care for Them

Your shoe collection won't be complete without a stark white pair.

If there's one shoe style that's extremely versatile and just never falters, it has to be white sneakers. They're understated and will match just about every item in your closet—not to mention, they're super easy to style too. No matter how your sartorial taste swings, there's bound to be a pair of white kicks that suits you. And, now that the athleisure movement has paved the way for sneakers to rule our closets again, stocking up on a clean white pair is practically imperative. The thing with white kicks is that they're pretty high-maintenance. That said, here are three easy steps on how to clean and properly maintain your favorite pairs.

How to Clean White Sneakers

Spray-on protection.

Once you're ready to take your white kicks out for a spin, be sure to give it a layer of protection. Shoe sprays are now available to make your sneaks water- and dirt-resistant.


Spot clean immediately.

A tiny speck or splat of mud is easily noticeable when it comes to white shoes. So make sure to spot clean your kicks immediately to keep them in their pristine condition. Remember: The longer the stains stay on, the harder it is for them to come off later.

Treat them to a shoe spa.

Each white sneaker fabric is different; you can't simply treat them all the same way and wash them off on your own. If you're not sure how to wash your sneaks, leave it to professional shoe cleaners to get the job done—otherwise, you might end up with yellow-tinged pairs.

The Different Types of White Sneakers


If your style leans toward a fuss-free aesthetic and simple silhouettes, then classic lace-up sneakers are your best bets. Simple doesn't always translate to dull though. Common Projects' sneakers, for instance, are known for their 10-digit golden number stamp by the heels to signify the style, size, and color of each pair.

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Who says you can't wear your favorite pairs to the gym or when you're out for a run? These performance trainers are your cool options if you're looking for breathable, lightweight, and comfortable footwear. Plus, they're stylish enough to wear on the daily.


For those who are always on the go, there's no need to worry about pesky laces. These slip-on sneaks are the real deal when it comes to wearability and comfort.



Traveling the world and explore cities will often involve walking days on end. Really, white sneakers are your best bet for a more stylish option. They'll prove to be extremely comfortable for long walks and won't give you blisters or sore feet at the end of the day.


Gucci's Ace sneakers are practically legend when it comes to designer white sneakers. Though it follows a simple silhouette, what makes it unique are its uniquely Gucci design feature. If that's not particularly for you, how about you delve into dad sneaker territory and opt for Balenciaga's famous Triple S sneakers? You'll need Virgil Abloh-approved pair of kicks, too—and you better get your hands on some Off-White kicks! Hop on the logomania trend with Christian Dior's minimalist lace-ups while you're at it.


No doubt, you have a couple of classic pairs n your wardrobe. Among all the white sneakers in the market, the following have proven to be the most perennial—they never go out of style no matter how many shoe trends surface.



Last on this list are eco-friendly pairs that are as guilt-free as sneakers possibly could be. You're not only wearing fire kicks, you're also doing your part in taking care of the environment by choosing sustainable sneakers.

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