When to Wear White Shoes

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

White shoes are a classic staple and you shouldn’t be afraid to wear them, yes they may get a little dirty, but that shouldn’t stop you from pulling them off with style.

Most of us are quite hesitant when it comes to wearing white shoes. They are tricky to maintain, and can easily ruin an outfit. However, if you master a few simple tricks, a pair of white sneakers can be a fantastic way to add some points of freshness to your casual streetwear attire. From chinos to suits, jeans, and blazers, we’ve got the five best combos covered.

Effortless Weekend

Steve McQueen and James Dean obviously had the formula for executing the ultimate effortless cool and sleek look. One of their wardrobe staple pieces was a pair of simple and elegant white shoes. Team them with classic slim fit chinos, a plain white tee and a leather biker jacket for a timeless and classic weekend look. You cannot go wrong with a pair of iconic Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers to finish off the look.

Modern Minimalist

Stark white sneakers are the perfect way to bounce off the dull and heavy clothing items of winter, both in color and in fabric. Pair them with your go-to grey wool trousers or with a pair of navy chinos and a round neck tee or oversized knit sweater. Opt for trainers with a modern and clean design that is in perfect contrast with the bulkiness of the rest of your outfit. Try a pair of Vans Slip-on’s, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, choose a pair of white shoes like the Base London Cell Derby shoes.

Urban Casual

Take a pair of your favorite chinos and roll the cuff, team them with a classic t-shirt, a comfortable long sleeve shirt on the top, and experiment with color. The Vans Sk8 High tops are a good example of how to bring this outfit together that can take you from your lounge to the pub or the cinema.

Go Sockless

You could be getting into the colder seasons, but the sun could still make an odd appearance here and there, urging you for a day of relaxing and beers at your favourite pub garden. Even when the weather gets a bit chilly, the sockless or should I say ‘invisible sock look’ is foolproof. It works perfectly with slim fit jeans, a simple white tee, unbuttoned denim shirt, or even a hat. If you’re feeling the sockless look, you can easily master it by teaming it with classic canvas designs from Superga.

Smart Casual

If you want to soften a formal outfit, white trainers are a safe bet. Try a grey blazer, simple tee and a pair of slim fit jeans. Add some Vans to the outfit or some Converse kicks, but opt for a classic and minimal design for a more polished, yet laid back look.

  • Try some clean white kicks with some black bottoms, a white tee and a leather jacket. James Dean proved this outfit is a winner.
  • Go for a minimal look with a round neck tee, some navy chinos and some slip on white plimsolls. Effortless but effective.
  • Rock a urban-casual outfit with a plain white tee layered under an unbuttoned checked or flannel shirt. Add some chinos, roll up the bottoms, and finish the look with some white hi or low tops.
  • Try the sock-less look if its warm enough. Pin roll your favourite pair of denim jeans, add a casual tee and rock your favourite white footwear. If you dislike wearing shoes without socks, opt for some invisible socks.

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