If there’s a shoe that’s reigned the streets the past year, it’s white sneakers. Names like Adidas’ Stan Smith and Nike’s Air Force 1s have taken the fashion world by storm because they match everything from your wardrobe. And we really do mean everything, because white sneakers will go with that polo-tee-and-shorts ensemble just as well as it would with your full suit and a crisp white shirt.
Now if your biggest fear is running into someone else wearing the same thing, a good ol’ pair of the above-mentioned just won’t cut it; better yet if you have expensive taste. Which is why we’ve gone ahead and chosen five decadent pairs of white leather sneakers for you. Those in the know of street trends will made a beeline for Y-3’s take on the Stan Smiths, while those who prefer something louder while drool over the embellishments on Gucci and Valentino’s offering.
And because these are expensive kicks, you will have to watch your every step to keep them pristinely white. May the odds be ever in your favour.
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Giuseppe Zanotti might make a mean pair of women’s shoes, but his sneaker collection is just as impressive. With the same impeccable attention to detail, this pristine pair is crafted from smooth leather and balanced on sculptural soles to give a distinctive profile. The zipped details at the side provide a sporty feel, and make this pair a cinch to slip on and off — perfect for a busy day.
Because it’s Valentino, these white leather babies come adorned with its iconic pyramid studs too, this time in a pale gold iteration across the sides and over the tongue. The look continues round the back, where white studs line the lower heel area for subtle visual interest. Wear yours with fitting jeans or skinny chinos to help these relatively chunky sneakers stand out.
Here’s one that would fit right into that business meeting. Crafted in Italy with sturdy pebble-grained leather, these tennis-inspired sneakers sees rose gold rivets, stitched toecaps and the brand’s signature tri-coloured striping, both at the back and along the welts. Pair with a smart blue suit and you’ll ace that meeting style-wise.
Trust Yohji Yamamoto to make the already-iconic Stan Smith even more lust-worthy. In recreating the tennis shoe, the Japanese designer retained its simplistic shape but used the same material as the upper of the Qasa, another standout sneaker from his Y-3 collection. At its back, an additional rubber heel tab embossed with the logo creates a ninja-style silhouette. Its most interesting feature, however, is the dual zip tongue, which reveals more branding and can be entirely detached to create a slip-on silhouette.
Perhaps one of the most over-the-top iterations of the now-famous Ace sneakers, this pair sees both rounded and spiked stud details line the signature striped side and down the back. Best worn over the weekend to town when it can double up as a weapon when people get uncomfortably close.