best white sneakers
From top to bottom: Josef Seibel $160, Kenneth Cole $125 $93.75, Reebok $85, Sam Edelman $70

My clients are always requesting white sneakers. They believe white sneakers go with “everything.” Interestingly enough, they do not, and it is always a struggle to find a good pair. In fact, I have put off this post on the best white sneakers for women because there are never enough excellent pairs of stylish white sneakers to necessitate an entire article on the matter — until now. Darlings, I finally found the BEST white sneaker for women as well as some wonderful honorable mentions to share with you. 

Best White Sneakers For Women

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Josef Seibel $160

These Joseph Seibel Claire sneakers are the BEST off-white sneakers for women. The weight, silhouette, and shape of the toe box are perfection. No clunky duck feet shape. No overzealous sole. These stylish white sneakers are perfectly slim, deeply comfortable, and the perfect combination of an off-white upper leather with a true white sole. This color combo enables the sneaker to pair with all the shades of white in your closet. For all of these reasons, this is the BEST white sneaker for women I have come across in 15 years of shopping. Get them now. Seriously. You know they’re going to sell out and disappear like all my all-time favorite pieces. These sneakers are available at Nordstrom and Zappos.

How To Wear White Sneakers

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top: Madewell, jacket: Michael Kors (similar here), shorts: Madewell, shoes: Josef Siebel, earrings: Bloomingdale’s, necklace: Bloomingdale’s

First of all, a white sneaker can act as a pop of color at the bottom of a monochromatic look for just about any color. Other than that, here’s how to wear white sneakers…

  1. There must be a smiler shade of white somewhere else in your outfit.
  2. Optic white sneakers pair with bright colors, super-saturated shades, and crisp pastels.
  3. Off-white sneakers pair with most other colors, but especially more muted tones.
  4. White sneakers go best with shorts, athletic leggings, joggers, short casual dresses (like t-shirt dresses), and cropped straight-leg pants/jeans

I generally skip white sneakers with maxi and midi dresses. There are exceptions, of course. Check out Shelbi from Bucket List Bums rocking white sneakers with lots of longer dresses, but I would describe most of these looks as “making it work” versus thriving flattering outfits. It is more flattering to show more leg when wearing white sneakers.

How To Clean White Sneakers

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First of all, before you wear one of the brand-new white sneakers I have recommended to you above and below, you MUST spray them with a silicon protectant. I use the Kiwi Protectant Spray.

This will keep your white sneakers clean for dramatically longer. But it is not foolproof and it eventually wears. When your kicks start to look sad, here is how to clean them:

  1. Supplies: Before you begin cleaning your white sneakers, gather all the necessary supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
  1. Remove shoelaces and insoles: Start by removing the shoelaces and insoles from your white sneakers. This will allow you to clean them more effectively and reach all the nooks and crannies. You can throw the shoelaces in a mesh bag and wash them normally in your washing machine.
  2. Pre-treat stains: If there are visible stains on your white sneakers, it’s a good idea to pre-treat them before starting the cleaning process. Mix a small amount of mild detergent or sneaker cleaner with warm water to create a soapy solution. Apply the solution to the stained areas and gently scrub with a soft-bristle brush or toothbrush. For stubborn stains, you can use a paste made from baking soda and water or a small amount of toothpaste. Let the pre-treatment sit for a few minutes before proceeding.
  3. Clean your white sneakers: Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent or sneaker cleaner. Swirl the water to create a soapy solution. Dip the microfiber cloth or sponge into the soapy water and wring out any excess moisture. Gently wipe the entire surface of your white sneakers, paying extra attention to areas with dirt or stains. Use the soft-bristle brush or toothbrush to clean the rubber soles and other hard-to-reach areas. Avoid using excessive force to prevent damage. DO NOT SUBMERGE your sneakers in the water.
  4. Rinse: Once you’ve cleaned your sneakers, soak a clean cloth in clean water (not the soapy water from the previous step). Wring it out a bit, and wipe down your sneakers to remove any remaining soap residue. Make sure to rinse off all the detergent or sneaker cleaner from the surface of your shoes.
  5. Dry: Once you have wiped your sneakers down thoroughly, use a clean microfiber cloth or towel to blot excess water from them. Allow the sneakers to air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Stuffing them with crumpled paper or clean socks can help retain their shape while drying.

Bonus Tip: For stubborn stains, you can create a cleaning solution using equal parts of warm water and white vinegar. Apply the solution to the stained areas and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.

More Stylish White Sneakers

I’ll continue to add stylish white sneakers as I come across pairs I love. All new additions will be dropped below for your browsing pleasure. Feel free to mention in the comments if you have tried any of my recommendations and how they worked for you.

Chloe Lauren Low-Top Leather Sneakers

best white sneakers for women
Chloe $595

These stylish white sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Sizing: US 4-12, whole sizes only; for 1/2 sizes, order next size up.

Made of: Leather upper and lining, rubber sole

Saint Laurent Andy Log Low-Top Sneakers

best white sneakers for women
Saint Laurent $745

This stylish white sneaker is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sizing: US 4-12

Made of: Leather upper, lace-up vamp, lining: Leather, synthetic sole

Golden Goose Ballstar Leather Low-Top Sneakers

best white sneakers for women
Golden Goose $565

This stylish white sneaker is available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Sizing: US 5-12, whole sizes only; for 1/2 sizes, order next size up

Made of: Leather and nylon upper, leather and cotton lining, rubber sole

Sam Edelman Women’s Ethyl Low-Top Sneakers

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Sam Edelman $70

This stylish white sneaker is available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sam Edelman and Zappos.

Sizing: US 5-11, true to size

Made of: Leather or synthetic upper/synthetic lining and sole

Vionic Winny Sneaker

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Vionic $119.99

These sneakers are available at Famous Footwear, DSW, Vionic, Amazon, and Dillard’s.

Sizing: US 5-11

Made of: Leather upper and rubber sole

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Lace-Up Sneaker

best white sneaker
Axel Arigato $285

These sneakers are available at Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Sizing: US 5-10; If between sizes, order 1/2 size up.

Made of: Leather upper and lining/rubber sole

Josef Seibel Claire Sneaker

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Josef Seibel $160

Sizing: US 5-11.5; True to size.

Made of: Leather upper, textile lining, synthetic sole

Greats Women’s Royale Knit Sneakers

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Greats $119

These sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s and Amazon.

Sizing: US 6-10; True to size.

Made of: Each pair is made from the contents of seven recycled plastic bottles

Taos Footwear Star

best white sneakers
Taos Footwear $79.95

These sneakers are available at Zappos, Taos Footwear, and Amazon.

Sizing: US 5-11 (wide sizes available); Order 1/2 size up.

Made of: Canvas, rubber

Freda Salvador Women’s EDA Sneakers

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Freda Salvador $295

These sneakers are available at Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, and Freda Salvador.

Sizing: US 5-11

Made of: Smooth calfskin leather, rubber sole

Kenneth Cole Women’s Kam Lace Up Sneakers

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Kenneth Cole $125 $93.75

These sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Sizing: US 5-11; True to size.

Made of: Leather upper, synthetic lining, rubber sole

Oliver Cabell Low 1

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Oliver Cabell $293 $219

Sizing: US 5-13; True to size.

Made of: Calfskin leather, rubber

Reebok Women’s Club C 85 Vintage Low Top Sneakers

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Reebok $85

These sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s, Reebok, Shopbop, and Zappos.

Sizing: US 5-11

Made of: Leather upper, fabric lining, rubber sole

Tory Burch Women’s Howell Court Sneakers

stylish white sneakers
Tory Burch $198

These sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s, Zappos, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

Sizing: US 5-11; Fits small, order a half size up, or a full size up for wider feet.

Made of: Leather upper, suede/polyester lining, rubber sole

Sam Edelman Women’s Ethyl Low-Top Sneakers

how to wear white sneakers
Sam Edelman $70

These sneakers are available at Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Zappos, Revolve, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Sizing: US 5-11

Made of: Leather and polyurethane upper, synthetic lining and sole

Ecco Soft 7 Mono 2.0 Sneaker

best white sneakers
Ecco $150 $139.99

These sneakers are available at Ecco, Nordstrom, and Amazon.

Sizing: US 4-11.5

Made of: Leather upper, textile lining, synthetic sole