With Grand Slam mainstays Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber winning their first round of 2017 Wimbledon Championships, the sporting event is officially in full swing. More than just a world-class tennis spectacle, it’s also a perfect excuse to give your summer shoe rotation the white-out treatment — because, what better way to pay tribute to the tournament’s notoriously strict all-white player dress code than with a lineup of tennis sneakers that abide to the rules?
Other than being the grass court’s footwear must-haves, white kicks are the apple of fashion’s eye as of late. And unless you’ve been living under a rock this past few seasons, you’d sense they aren’t merely a passing fad. Relentlessly reigning on the heels of style setters — the Jenners, Hadids, you name it — and leading runways without showing any sign of slowing down, these classic street-hitters are getting more love now than they did back in the ’90s. Evidently, the classic white trainers are here to stay.
Scroll down to get your fix of fashion-forward tennis-inspired sneaks that even top seeds the likes of Rafael Nadal or Venus Williams would be glad to welcome into their Wimbledon off-day essentials.
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The Triple sneakers are a cool take on the classic tennis shoes. Constructed in smooth leather and fastened with old-school velcro straps, these Acne Studios cult favourite are anything but boring.
Clean and laceless, this slip-on pair aptly fits its name, Ease. Saving up lace-tying minutes, these Nikes make the minimal, nifty regulars you can wear everyday — especially on mornings where you’d rather use those precious minutes for some extra Zzz’s.
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Dirty shoes are so in. Stitched with scrawly embroidery spelling out “SAINT LAURENT” in a DIY-style handwriting on the side, these sneakers are dirty shoe trend-approved. Not made to look out-of-the-box new, the Court Classic is reworked for spring in a durable yet lightweight canvas that comes with, yes, worn-in distressed detailing.
Don’t let the seemingly common exterior of these kicks fool you into thinking they’re just another pair of white sneakers. Common Projects has perfected every arch, slant and curve to create the ultimate understated sneakers — these New Court ones are no exception.
Consider Balenciaga’s Base leather trainers a cool starting point for tapping the label’s irreverent aesthetic. Covered in the label’s gold logo for a logomania twist, they’re the low-key low-tops to have for a pair of achingly on-trend footwear.