Fresh kicks: The best white trainers for men


I can count on one hand all the different styles of shoes I witnessed my dad wearing as I was growing up. Admittedly, while he isn’t quite a maven of menswear, he certainly knows how to dress, but what springs to mind most frequently – other than steel-toed work boots, golf shoes and sandals with socks (no judgment) – is his proclivity for dress shoes no matter the occasion. It was with shock, then, that I recently received a call from him, asking for my advice on which pair of white trainers he should buy this season.

Once relegated to evenings and weekends in favour of loafers, brogues and Oxfords, the white trainer has become a hero item in men’s wardrobes over the last few years, breaking down the barriers of office-appropriate dressing and entering firmly into the smart/casual lexicon of menswear. This has only been accelerated by the pandemic as remote working upended any established notion of at-work attire and ushered in an era of casual as king.

And why not? Comfortable and chic, the white trainer truly does make a perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit. Whether you’re pairing yours with a classic jeans and white tee combo, or dressing down a suit, it’s hard to get it wrong. So with that, why not give it a try? From stand-out styles by sneakerhead heroes like Nike and Adidas to low-key takes by classic cobblers, these are the best white trainers for men this season.

Adidas x Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 Gazelle trainers

Legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has partnered with sportswear stalwart Adidas on a capsule that sees archival styles reimagined through a classically Eastern lens. This artisanal take on the iconic Gazelle trainer has been elevated in an ode to traditional Japanese Sashiko stitching and are entirely wrapped in suede.


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Burberry logo leather sneakers

Burberry has amped up this pair of futuristic chunky leather trainers with supple leather, bold monogramming and a sttement primary colour palette. Set on an oversized, curved sole, you’ll be putting your best foot forward whenever you step out in these.


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Coach Lowline low top sneakers

Coach’s lightweight Lowline sneakers are an updated take on a classic with shock-absorbing cushioning pods in the sole for maximum flexibility and comfort. Crafted from smooth leather with a grooved sole for extra grip, these stylish sneakers look just as good as they feel.


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Common Projects Achilles sneakers

Epitomising the notion of stealth minimalism, Common Projects’ pristine Achilles sneakers are the ideal everyday white trainer. Entirely white, save for a gold foil serial number embossed on the side, these simple sneakers really do prove that less is more.


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George Cleverley Jack trainers

Marking a welcome departure from the brand’s bread-and-butter smart dress shoes, brogues and loafers, George Cleverley’s leather ‘Jack’ trainers are every part as swish as we expected. Cut from soft white leather, the simple style is ideally understated and will pair just as well with a suit and tie as with jeans and a tee.


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Giuseppe Zanotti Talon trainers

Not quite a hi-top, Giuseppe Zanotti’s chunky mid-top Talon trainers take the trend for stealth simplicity up a notch. Finished in a synthetic leather with the brand’s signature lacquered metal embellishment and tone-on-tone rubber-topped label, these kicks are so much more than meets the eye.


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New Balance 550 trainers

A favourite of Gen-Zedders and ultra-hip lefties across the capital, New Balance has eschewed its reputation as a tried and true dad brand, ushering in a new era of ugly-chic dressing. These mid-top panelled mesh and leather 550 trainers may be designed for running, but you’re guaranteed to spot them everywhere from bottomless brunch to the beach club this summer.


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Nike Air More Uptempo “Rayguns” sneakers

The OG when it comes to cult-favourite sneakers, Nike rarely misses the mark. These retro-inspired Air More Uptempo trainers celebrate the brand’s heritage with their colourful, oversized lettering and branding-heavy design that nails the ongoing trend for logomania.


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Veja V-15 CWL sneakers

Over the last few years, B Corp-certified sneaker brand Veja has become as much a part of the London experience as overpriced pints and oat flat whites. Crafted from Amazonian rubber and bovine leather sourced from Uruguay, the brand’s classic V-15 hi-top sneaker is a true staple of inner-city dressing.


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