s you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of a classic white sneaker,
they’re just one of those essential items that every well-dressed man should have and wear regularly. They’re the anchor of a solid casual wardrobe, especially during the Spring and Summer months. As I mentioned in a recent video
, white sneakers aren’t one of those items that have any kind of age restriction and everyone can wear them, it just comes down to styling them correctly, with age-appropriate pieces. Plus, the great thing is, no matter your budget, there’s a white sneaker out there for you.
Talk about classics, these guys have remained nearly unchanged since they were first introduced in the 1920’s, and for good reason, they’re simple, affordable, and versatile. You can knock around in them all spring and summer (a BBQ, the bar, the beach, wherever) and not have to worry about wrecking something expensive.
Wear Them With
Since they’re made from canvas and are the most casual, wear them with just about everything from shorts and a t-shirt to your favorite pair of denim or chinos.
Also a classic athletic style from back in the day (tennis, this time around), Stan Smiths take it up a notch since they’re made from smooth leather.
Wear Them With
Obviously, they’ll work with all your casual stuff like shorts, t-shirts, and denim, but since they’re made from leather, don’t be afraid to dress them up a bit with dark denim and a polo or long sleeve button down shirt.
The High End
On the high-end/designer side, you’ll have more diverse choices. These are some of my favorites:
Sure, $400 may seem like a lot for a pair of sneakers, but these are worth it, I promise. Invest in them like you would your dress shoes because they’re crafted in Italy from incredibly high-quality Napa leather and are very durable. In short, they’re well worth the price.
If you’re looking for a stylish hybrid of Stan Smiths and Common Projects, look no further. They also come in a bolder version if you’re looking for a little extra pop of color.
Now, if you’re a little more adventurous and want to go with something truly unique, you definitely can’t go wrong with go with the Flycrew sneakers by one of my favorite Italian brands, Valentino.
Ready to stand out? For the crème de la crème, and something you really won’t see on anyone else anyone else, grab these. I use them a lot with clients and they’re absolutely fantastic.
Wear Them With
These super-clean design all work really well with dark denim, t-shirts, and button downs, but the higher-end designs and nice leather are also elevated enough to wear with a dressed-down suit or blazer if you want to try a more fashion-forward look.
Now that you’ve got your white sneakers ready to go, don’t forget to keep ‘em clean! Here’s a quick video on how to do it right, it’s simple, quick and effective!