White sneakers are a very important part of my closet (aka suitcase). I have been living out of a suitcase for the past 8 months and my white sneakers have easily been my most styled piece during that time. They are basically the only pair of shoes I wear. That’s why I decided to write this post about how to wear white sneakers ALL YEAR ROUND and not only sharing many white sneakers outfit ideas, but also teaching you how to recreate any of these looks with things you already have in your closet.
Ready? Let’s learn how to wear white sneakers!
In a hurry? Go straight to what you are looking for!
- Why should you own a pair of white sneakers?
- Which style is right for you? 3 things to think about
- How to clean white shoes
- What socks to wear with white sneakers
- My favorite brand for white sneakers (super sustainable & affordable)
- How to recreate these looks with things you already have – Step by Step
- How to wear white sneakers for Summer
- Fall looks with white sneakers
- Styling white sneakers for Winter
- How to wear white sneakers for Spring
- Other outfit ideas – Bonus looks
- Final thoughts
- Related styling posts you may also like
First of all, why should you own a pair of white sneakers?
They are classic, timeless, chic and versatile. I promise, they will never go out of style.
If you are worried about your age, please don’t! It’s a thing of the pass. I would understand why if you are more conservative, you would be hesitant to try and style white sneakers, but I promise they are appropriate for any age group. These shoes can be styled in many different ways and adapted to any lifestyle and different pieces of clothing.
You can make them your own and incorporate them into your wardrobe. Just check out all the white sneakers outfit ideas I’m sharing below and most importantly, the outfit formulas so you can recreate these looks with pieces that are 100% you and that you already have in your closet.
Which style should you get? They all appear very similar, but mainly you have to think about 3 things:
- Leather or canvas? I prefer leather because they get less dirty, they are easier to take care of and they last longer. Yes, they are usually more expensive, but to me, it’s worth it. A good pair of leather white sneakers can last you up to 5 years.
- Plain or with a design? I prefer plain. If you are only going to have one pair (which is enough), then my advise is go with the plain ones. They are much easier to style, not to mention more adaptable for casual and office looks.
- Low or high-top? It depends on what your style is. I’ve never had a pair of high-tops because they don’t feel like me, but they are very cool looking and I love them on other people.
Whichever style you have or decide to get in the future, the looks I’m about to share with you are classic and timeless and I’m using basic pieces you probably already have in your closet.
How to clean white shoes
There are many ways to clean your white shoes. You can put them in the washer, use baking soda, use a stain remover and even toothpaste!! The important thing is that you should try to wash them often, before they get TOO DIRTY. Remember to use a gentle brush if you have leather sneakers to avoid scratches, always remove the shoe laces and wash them separately and never EVER put them in the drier. Always let them air dry.
Please remember, if you are going to put them in the washer, ideally do it with white towels or fluffy fabrics and only if they are canvas. Never put your leather sneakers in the washer.
For more details, check out this detailed article with more ways to clean your white sneakers and a step by step guide.
What socks to wear with white sneakers
I personally don’t like it when my socks show, and I think this applies to all shoes (except for gym shoes).
You have 3 options: No-show socks (my personal preference), ankle socks and regular socks.
My opinion? Unless you are under 25 or over 65 don’t do regular socks. I know some people may get upset about this but it’s just my opinion. I don’t think it looks good to wear white socks up to your calfs when wearing sneakers. It’s just a trend.
The best brand for socks and for no-show socks is a sustainable brand called Bombas. Me and my husband both wear these socks almost exclusively!! (Go to their site here and enter your email in the pop-up box to get 20% off, trust me, you will appreciate it because they are not cheap socks) They are great quality, they never slide off (which is major because when it happens it drives me crazy!) and they will last you forever! Plus, their customer service is outstanding.
Some of the best white sneakers for women
This is tricky because there are so many to choose from, but I’m going to give you some white sneaker options under $150 which I think is a fair price to pay for shoes that will last you 5+ years. I’ll share a couple of luxury brands I like as well, just in case that’s what you are looking for.
My #1 brand for white sneakers (or any sneakers) for both men and women, is a Brazilian sustainable brand called Cariuma. They are one of the most sustainable brands out there and you can walk in these sneakers for MILES! They are so soft and stylish. And the price is not bad at all. Their canva styles are $79 and the leather styles are $139. I have these white leather ones and I love them so much! You can browse more designs by visiting this link. My husband also has a pair (but his are canvas) and he said he will never buy another brand of sneakers. Also, the design is classic and works for any age group.
White sneakers for women (under $150):
Fun white sneakers options (under $150):
Luxury white leather sneakers:
How to recreate these looks with things you already own? Step by Step
First of all, pay attention to the outfit formula listed above each photo. The ‘hero’ piece for this blog post are the white sneakers, so every other piece moves around them. Take out your white sneakers and start creating some looks!
Here’s a step by step:
- Pick an outfit formula to follow
- Take out similar options of each piece and put them in separate piles on your bed (this will help you visualize colors, textures and styles)
- Pick one of each and recreate the formula with what you have in your closet. If you have many pieces of each, you will most likely be able to create a bunch of different versions of the same look
- Take photos of each look and save them for later. This way you’ll have many outfits ready to go without thinking about it too much
What to wear with white sneakers for Summer
Styling white sneakers for Summer is the best! The majority of the most basic Summer clothes go very well with white sneakers, so basically you already know how to do it. I don’t have a massive closet (I live out of a suitcase, so I have no closet LOL). I have bought a couple of sandals in the last year, but my white sneakers are a constant and they will continue to be the shoes I wear the most.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, I have been living out of a suitcase for the past 8 months, so I repeat a lot of outfits and I’m forced to get creative styling pieces in many different ways. The photos you are about to see were taken over the past 5 years though, so I hope you can see how important having a classic style is.
Here are 4 Summer outfit formulas you can follow to make sure you always look stylish:
Summer Outfit formula #1:
T-shirt + Shorts + White Sneakers + Accessories
As you can see, you can pick a different t-shirt (solid color or graphic) and pick a different short color. Whatever you have works. Just make sure to follow the formula and you’ll be able to create many different versions of this same look without spending a dime! I always love having a denim jacket with me because I get cold easily and that also helps in making you look extra polished.
PS: In the second look, I’m wearing PJ shorts! Get creative and style your pajamas as daywear too!
Which accessories you decide to use it’s really up to you. Some ideas: hat, statement earrings, bag, headband and even a lightweight Summer scarf.
Also, feel free to replace shorts with a mini skirt like I did here:
Summer Outfit formula #2:
Button down shirt + Jeans/Pants + White Sneakers + Accessories
*Style tip: Remember you can always wear your button down shirts tied around your waist, buttoned up with rolled sleeves or open with a t-shirt or cami underneath (like pictured above). And add accessories! It makes a huge difference in your outfits. (Learn about all the ways you can wear a button down shirt here)
Summer Outfit formula #3:
Summer Dress + White Sneakers + Accessories
I dare to say that you can pair white sneakers with almost any dress you have. Don’t be afraid to layer it with a denim jacket or a tie a chambray button down shirt around your waist like I did up here.
Summer Outfit Formula #4:
T-shirt + Jeans + White Sneakers + Accessories
This is one of the easiest way to style your white sneakers; with jeans and a T-shirt. I always like to add something extra and don’t be afraid to do that too. In the first photo I added a neck scarf, the second one I added a denim jacket tied around my waist, for the third one I added a long vest and in the fourth look I wore a shirt dress as a cover-up! Get creative and think outside the box! This way you’ll learn to maximize what you have in your closet and make the most of your minimalistic wardrobe.
More outfits with white shoes: (just some more ideas to inspire you)
Don’t leave out your comfy pants. Also play with any Summer skirts and all your shorts! Get as creative as possible and maximize every piece. That’s why I share so many outfit ideas.
I hope my point is coming across clearly, but always remember that if you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram. I’m always here to help. If you follow any of those 4 outfit formulas, you’ll create a bunch of cute Summer outfits with your white sneakers. Also, try recreating some of these formulas for Spring and Fall too and add an extra layer.
I’m about to show you how to wear your white sneakers for Fall too (and all the other seasons), so do not fret.
How to wear white sneakers for Fall
Did you know you can also wear your white sneakers for Fall? It’s easy. And now I’m making it even easier for you with these easy to follow outfit formulas, so I hope they help you think outside the box. Here are some easy outfit formulas to follow for different occasions:
Fall Outfit formula #1:
Spanxs Leggings + T-shirt (short or long sleeve) + Jacket or Long Cardigan + White Sneakers
Spanx leggings are a must for Fall (and the rest of the year). They are part of my minimalistic wardrobe and during Fall, I wear them multiple times a week. I’ve written a lot of blog posts about Spanx Leggings with plenty of outfit ideas, but if you want a detailed and honest Spanx leggings review, then go ahead and read this post. I talk about sizing, care instructions and answering a bunch of questions I received via Instagram.
Fall Outfit formula #2:
Jeans + Sweater + Extra layer (piece of your choice) + White Sneakers + Accessories
In the above photos I shared 4 different versions of the same outfit formula. I’m just giving you ideas on how to layer and to remind you to use different jackets, coats, scarves, a puffer vest, a flannel shirt, etc. Pay attention to each look and you’ll see; it’s the same formula but using different layers.
Fall Outfit Formula #3:
Sweater + Skirt + Jacket (or layering piece of your choice) + White Sneakers
Another way to wear your white sneakers for Fall is with skirts. Whether they are short, midi or maxi, it will look great! Pair it with a sweater or t-shirt and add en extra layer like a moto jacket, long cardigan or lightweight trench.
See? White sneakers are perfect for Fall too. Get creative. Basically, all you have to do is pick a top and a bottom piece, layer it and add white sneakers. As a final touch, you can always accessorize with a scarf or a hat. Also, keep in mind you can always wear your dresses with a sweater on top and make them look as skirts and if it’s too cold, use you Spanx leggings as tights underneath!
Ready for the most challenging part of all? Styling sneakers for Winter! But hear me out first before you call me crazy.
How to wear white sneakers for Winter
This is where things get tricky. Yes, I do wear my white sneakers for Winter, but yes my feet/ankles are always cold LOL. And before you think I don’t know what a cold Winter is… I lived in Chicago for 7 years before converting to a nomad life, so… I know cold Winters! But hear me out..
I don’t like how white sneakers look with full length tights (you know the ones that cover your feet too?), so yeah my ankles are always exposed. But I firmly believe there are occasions where you can totally wear your white sneakers during Winter:
- If there’s no snow on the ground
- If you have a car and don’t need to walk much
- If you are going somewhere and you use Uber/Lyft (literally the only moment you are outside is to get in and out of the car)
So yes, I do wear them for Winter! Here are some looks. Keep in mind that to be able to actually show you the outfit, I can’t wear a coat for the photos LOL. So, add a coat over each of these looks. The outfit formula for Winter is pretty simple:
Winter Outfit formula:
Jeans or pants + Cozy sweater + Extra layer + White Sneakers + Accessories
Feel free to wear some of the Fall looks for Winter too! Of course if you use public transportation during Winter and you live in a very cold city, I wouldn’t advice you to wear white sneakers. Although I did it many times on days where it wasn’t that cold, because I do get tired of Winter clothes and of wearing boots. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
If you decide to wear your white sneakers during Winter, just wear warm tights under your jeans/pants and wear a super cozy sweater. Your feet and ankles will be cold, but at least you’ll get a break from Winter boots every once in a while. At least it works for me.
How to wear white sneakers for Spring
Oh Spring and white sneakers are the perfect marriage. This is when I wear them more often without a doubt! As you have learned by now, you can wear your white sneakers with anything including some of my favorite Spring pieces like a midi skirt, dresses and comfy pants.
I’m sure you have a lot of these pieces too, so it won’t be hard to recreate any of these outfit formulas. Let’s have some fun creating cute Spring looks!! (some of these can also be for Summer!)
Spring Outfit formula #1:
Maxi skirt (or midi skirt) + T-shirt + Denim jacket (or any jacket)+ White Sneakers
PS: I consider my denim jacket an accessory. (in case you haven’t noticed)
You can also wear your white sneakers with short skirts like I did here:
Spring Outfit formula #2:
T-shirt + Jacket or Blazer + Jeans/Pants + White Sneakers + Accessories
Spring Outfit formula #3:
Jeans + Sweater + White Sneakers + Accessories
This is a very easy way to look stylish in 2 minutes. Jeans, a cute sweater, white sneakers and some kind of accessory. It could be a hat or bag, but also a neck scarf, statement earrings or a necklace.
More Spring outfit ideas with white sneakers:
Here are some other things you can try for Spring: Keep it simple then add a cute lightweight trench, layer a wrap dress with a long sleeve top and don’t forget the million looks you can create with your comfy pants! Even better if they are printed.
I could go on and on forever. Honestly, looking through my photos, I found over 100 looks where I was wearing my white sneakers, but I only chose the ones I considered to be the best ones. And there have been ever more times where I’ve styled them, but believe or not, I’m not always taking photos of my looks LOL. However, there’s more! I couldn’t fit any of these looks into an specific outfit formula but I still wanted to give you more ideas.
Other outfit ideas with white sneakers:
Don’t be afraid to try new things with what you have in your closet. The whole point of me sharing this post is to give you as many options as possible! So I hope you are able to wear your white sneakers more often now. Here are some ideas and other ways to style them:
Office looks with white sneakers:
I wrote a blog post called ‘Outfit ideas for the Office’ where I share over 80 looks for you to recreate. Make sure to check it out if you are going back to the office post COVID-19. I always try to use basic pieces and explain how to create your own looks with things you already have in your closet.
Wear your white sneakers with a faux fur vest or cape:
White sneakers with dress outfits:
White sneakers and stripes are a match made in heaven! I don’t know why, but they just look good, so make sure to consider all your striped pieces when you are creating white sneakers outfits! These looks could be for Spring and Summer.
Did you learn how to style white sneakers today? I hope the answer is HECK YES!
Thank you so much for reading this post. I put so much love into this blog and I honestly want to help you maximize every single thing you have in your closet. I always say this and I will say it again, if you have any questions or doubts on how to style anything, DM me on Instagram or leave a comment here. I’m always around to help.
White sneakers are one of the few shoes you should ALWAYS include in your wardrobe. I’ve been practicing minimalism for years, but for the past 8 months I’ve been taking things to a whole new level because living out of a suitcase doesn’t leave you with many options LOL. Learn how to live with less things and simplify your life. You’ll free up so much space off your mind and you will save money for things that actually matter. I can’t recommend it enough! I know it sounds terrifying, but start applying this concept to your closet and you’ll see it for yourself. (I wrote a detailed step by step guide on this subject and I show you how to clean your closet and create a minimalist wardrobe).
Thanks again for being here!! I hope you enjoyed all of these white sneaker outfits and that you have a beautiful day ahead.
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