The best white trainers—including the Duchess of Cambridge's favorite style

The most versatile shoe style in your wardrobe, the best white trainers are both stylish and comfortable

Best white trainers
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No successful wardrobe is complete without a pair of the best white trainers. The most versatile shoe going, white sneakers are guaranteed to go with every outfit and deliver on both style and comfort-factor.

No longer just reserved for sportswear or the morning commute, crisp, white trainers have soared in popularity in recent years, becoming a footwear style that transcends dress codes, seasons and age. Thanks to our current focus on all things comfortable, white trainers are certainly not dropping off the fashion grid any time soon.

From the chunky dad sneakers to pared-back pumps, there’s nothing as classic as a pair of bright white shoes. The minimalist option can add a sporty twist to tailoring, lend polish to your best jeans and sweater ensemble, or dress down the best shirt dresses

“The trainer trend isn’t going anywhere this season. In fact, the global sneaker market is set to reach a whopping  $30 billion by 2030, so if you’ve previously stepped away from the look, now is the time to invest,” says Hannah Eichler, stylist, writer and fashion lecturer @hannaheichler.

“The trick is to look for never-date styles which will lend themselves to your entire wardrobe,” adds Hannah.

Best white trainers—the brands to shop

For the best white trainers to add to your capsule wardrobe, look to established expert brands such as Adidas, Converse and Superga which have the technical know-how to craft comfortable and supportive sneakers, and whose signature styles have proven longevity. 

“For casual looks, Superga is your go-to. The brand's preppy styles come in a range of colours in breathable canvas which makes them ideal to team with jeans or a linen skirt for summer,” says Hannah.

A favorite among stylish celebrities and royals, Veja is also well worth considering. The brand has a strong focus on transparency, fair trade and social and environmental responsibility, and uses ecological and sustainable materials. It also offers good quality vegan-friendly styles made from leather alternatives. 

The best white trainers as chosen by our fashion team

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect white sneakers to add to your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up the best white trainers of 2021 that deliver on comfort, style-factor and quality. Invest now and you'll be wearing these for years to come. 

Sante + Wade Sway White

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1. Sante + Wade Sway White

Best premium white trainers

RRP: $227.18/£165
Upper: Calf/ Patent leather
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 7.5-13.5 US/5-11 UK
Reasons to buy
+Handmade  +Uses recycled materials and packaging 
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price point-Large fit

Taking inspiration from the classic tennis court shoe, the Sway White are a great choice if you are looking for a sleeker style of white trainer that can be teamed with dresses or smart tailoring. Suede panelling give the classic leather luxe texture, while the high-shine patent signature initials are a stylishly stealth take on logos. Splash-resistant rubber soles offer both grip and comfort. Handmade in Portugal from premium materials, these are built to last and will stack-up cost-per-wear, justifying the larger price tag. They also come with recycled cork footbeds and in 100% recycled packaging.  

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic

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2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic

Best high top white trainers

RRP: $60/£57
Upper: Canvas
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5-20 US/3-18 UK
Reasons to buy
+Unisex style +Available in standard and wide fit
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof -Runs half a size large

Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star high top trainers have long been considered a classic and with good reason. The original basketball shoe was created over 100 years ago and has barely changed since, attesting to its enduring style credentials. Looking as cool now as they ever have, the Chuck Taylor can be teamed with your favourite jeans and best cashmere sweater for a low-key look, or use to dress down your floral midi dresses for everyday wear. The canvas upper is best suited for dry weather. 

Veja V-12 Leather White

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3. Veja V-12 Leather White

Best sustainable white trainers

RRP: $150/£115
Upper: Leather
Sole: Wild rubber
Sizes: 4-10 US/2-8 UK
Reasons to buy
+Made using ecological and sustainable materials
Reasons to avoid
-Over $100

French brand Veja has achieved cult status, championed by numerous style insiders and celebritiesthink Emma Watson, Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon and Megan Markle. Even the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan, regularly sporting her Esplar low-top sneakers. While chic, minimal designs featuring the signature V logo is enough to earn the brand top spot on the best white trainers for women hit list, it's the brand's sustainable credentials that really impress. Ecological and sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester and wild rubber are used to craft each trainer. The all-white design of this pair means they will perfectly partner any colour or print in your wardrobe. 

Adidas Stan Smith Shoes

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4. Adidas Stan Smith Shoes

Best everyday white trainers

RRP: $85/£75
Upper: Synthetic
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5-11 US/3.5-13.5
Reasons to buy
+Uses recycled materials 
Reasons to avoid
-Not leather

A bonafide stye icon, the classic Stan Smith has been among the best white sneakers since it was introduced 50 years ago, and is beloved for its minimalist wear-with-everything style. As part of Adidas' commitment to sustainability, the most recent version of the tennis shoe has been created using recycled materials and no virgin polyester. The stripped back design means they will work with everything from leggings to printed midi dresses, and along with the classic t-shirt and best blazer for women, are are brilliant first step in how to build a capsule wardrobe. 

Nike Air Force 1 ‘07

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5. Nike Air Force 1 ‘07

Best classic white trainers

RRP: $90/£99.95
Upper: Leather
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5-12 US/2.5-9.5 UK
Reasons to buy
+Padded collar for comfort+Extra cushioning 
Reasons to avoid
-Chunky sole

Another style classic, Nike's iconic basketball shoe adds a hint of 90s aesthetic to any outfit. Designed for the basketball court, they major on comfort with Nike Air signature cushioning and a padded collar. So if you're looking for white trainers that can be worn all day and evening, these are it. Although featuring the signature Nike swoosh, the durable leather upper has a paired back design that will look as stylish now as it does in ten years time. Team them with a relaxed suit for a sporty take on tailoring, or use them to as a foil to feminine skirts and dresses. 

Superga Cotu Classic

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6. Superga Cotu Classic

Best canvas white trainers

RRP: $65/£55
Upper: Canvas
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5-13.5 US/3-15.5 UK
Reasons to buy
+Cushioned footbed +Under $70
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

Another white sneaker style that comes with the royal seal of approval, Superga's Cotu canvas lace-ups are a mainstay in the Duchess of Cambridge's casual wardrobe. Reminiscent of the classic gym plimsole, they come with a lightweight yet sturdy cotton canvas upper, a non-slip rubber sole and a cushioned footbed for all-day comfort. Make like Kate and team them with everything from skinny jeans to cropped wide-legs - the slim style means they pair well with all trouser shapes. Although the fuss-free style can be worn all year round, it's wise to avoid wearing them in wet weather as canvas isn't waterproof.

Puma Cali Women’s Sneakers

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7. Puma Cali Women’s Sneakers

Best platform white trainers

RRP: $80/£70
Upper: Leather
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5.5-11 US/3-8 UK
Reasons to buy
+Stacked sole for height 
Reasons to avoid
-Fit runs small

If you're seeking some extra height but don't want to commit your feet to the discomfort of high heels, then Puma's Cali sneakers are for you. The tennis-inspired style features a platform sole that adds an inch while still being comfy enough to wear all day. Use the chunky silhouette to anchor floaty dresses, or play up the relaxed, sporty look and team them with the best leggings or some retro straight-leg jeans. It's worth noting that they run small, so if you're in between sizes consider sizing up. 

Reebok Club C 85

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8. Reebok Club C 85

Best retro white trainers

RRP: $75/£65
Upper: Leather
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 5-11 US/ 2.5-8.5 UK
Reasons to buy
+Cushioned liner for comfort+Vintage-inspired design
Reasons to avoid
-Not pure white-Size runs small

We’re throwing it back to the eighties with this casual trainer from Reebok. The iconic woven Reebok logo and Union Jack symbol on the side give this pair a classic heritage feel that will give your outfit guaranteed cool points. They have a soft leather upper and a low cut design with a padded foam sockliner and a durable rubber outsole for ultimate comfort. They can come up small so we’d recommend sizing up. Perfect for all-day wear, embrace the vintage aesthetic and wear with your favorite mom jeans and a sporty sweater for relaxed off-duty days.

Axel Arigato clean 90 leather trainers

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9. Axel Arigato Clean 90 Leather Trainers

Best minimalist white trainers

RRP: $185/£165
Upper: Leather
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 4-11 US/ 2-9 UK
Reasons to buy
+Luxe leather lining 
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price point 

If you’re looking for clean, simple lines with added luxe then look no further than this premium pair from Axel Arigato. Made in Portugal, the designer has mastered the perfect pared-back trainer that will give modern tailoring a casual twist. Featuring a fine leather upper and a raised rubber sole for extra height, this unfussy design will keep your outfit looking sleek and smart. The gold-tone branding gives them a fancy finish too. They will certainly benefit from keeping in tip-top shape so make sure to clean these carefully with warm water and a cloth.

Gucci Ace Watersnake-trimmed Embroidered Leather Sneakers

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10. Gucci Ace Watersnake-trimmed Embroidered Leather Sneakers

Best designer white trainers

RRP: $650/£445
Upper: Leather and watersnake
Sole: Rubber
Sizes: 4-12 US/1-9 UK
Reasons to buy
+Cult following +Fashion-forward design
Reasons to avoid
-Over $500-Not pure white 

Prepare to go all-out with this snazzy pair from Gucci. First launched for Pre-Fall in 2016, they have since gained a cult following among celebrities and fashion insiders. This reworked pair features the iconic webbed stripes and metallic watersnake at the heel, giving you that designer stamp with every step. We particularly love the new embroidered bumble bee design on the side for a quirky new season update - one of many animal motifs introduced by creative director Alessandro Michele. A simple white tee and jeans is all you need to complete this look.

Best white trainers street style

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How to style white trainers

The appeal of while trainers is that they easily pair with almost everything in your wardrobe, however one trend that shows no sign of abating is wearing trainers with dresses. If you are looking to master the high/low look, the best white trainers to wear with dresses are sleeker, tennis style shoes. High top trainers work best with shorter dresses whilst maxi dresses can pull off chunkier dad-trainer styles.

“My latest addition are a pair of trainers from Sante + Wade – I love the tennis court style and suede panelling, and have been wearing them with summery dresses and jeans. They’re also super comfy which is perfect for the commute,” says Hannah.

How to make your white trainers last

Of course, much like white jeans, white trainers need some upkeep to maintain that box-fresh look.

“Taking care of your trainers is essential to look after your investment. Avoid using the washing machine, which will break down the glue and cause trainers to become misshapen. Instead mix up a DIY cleaning solution of warm water, baking soda, and washing powder, apply to a clean cloth or toothbrush and gently rub over stains,” explains Hannah.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_