People like to say that the all-white sneaker craze is a “trend,” but truth be told white has been a mainstay color in the world of athletic shoes throughout most of its short history. There’s no better time to wear white than summer — you have to worry less about weather woes, and the bright hue complements summertime colors and lighter apparel extremely well. There’s just something about a pristine white sneaker, sparkling underneath the summer sun that can’t be beat. In honor of this, we’ve rounded up the 12 best all-white sneakers that you should be sporting this summer, including classics like the Nike Huaraches and Air Jordan 1 Mids, and newcomers such as the Air Max 90 Ultra Breeze offshoot and the atmos x Reebok Instapump Fury.
Asics GEL-Lyte III
The GEL-Lyte III is one of ASICS most widely known and loved silhouettes, and for summer the brand did minimalists a solid by putting the sneaker out in an all-white colorway that should perfectly integrate into most summer wardrobes.
Nike Sock Dart
Nike has seen a series of super hype Sock Dart releases already this year, with the Olive, Navy and Black Oreo colorways selling out in seconds at most retailers. An “Independence Day” pack is dropping in the coming days, which will include all-red, all-blue, and of course, all-white versions, so you’ll want to act fast if you’re looking to add this to your white summer sneaker lineup.
adidas Originals Los Angeles
adidas Originals always comes correct with its retro offerings and the latest Los Angeles silhouette is no exception. The style has already been offered up on a slew of great colorways, including a version that features white mesh through the upper, which is complimented by tonal taped seams at the sides and toebox.
Palace Skateboards x adidas Originals Pro Primeknit
The Palace and adidas Originals apparel collection is one of the hottest collabs out, so when the two announced they’d be releasing accompanying footwear for Spring/Summer 2015, we knew we’d get something dope. The Pro Primeknit is a blend of casual and technical, with a Gazelle indoor sole and molded tongue, accompanied by a Primeknit upper and toe overlay. The all-white pair sports a slick matching heel cage and gray accents in the heel and Three Stripes.
Nike Huarache NM
The Huarache silhouette has seen a Renaissance of somewhat over the last few seasons, becoming one of the most popular and in-demand styles. This year, Nike updated the classic silhouette with some additional details for the NM version of the shoe, including a chunkier, slotted sole and an external rope lacing system, and released it in a white/grey colorway that’s perfect for the warmer months.
Jordan Westbrook 0
Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook’s Jordan Westbrook 0 model was first unveiled in a black colorway, now a clean “Triple White” model has hit the market. The minimal sneaker features a textured vamp, with embossed reptile pattern taking on the forefoot. A rubber midsole offers a comfortable low-profile and a luxe finish. The leather construction has become one of the brand’s trademark, in a white-out colorway that is a classic no matter what the season.
adidas Originals Tubular Runner
For the summer season, adidas Originals’ celebrated Tubular silhouette receives a crisp, stripped-back treatment. From head to toe, the sneaker sports a pure white semblance, with minor contrasting accent seen in the trefoil heel logo. Fitting as both an athletic and lifestyle sneaker, the Nic Galway-designed shoe quickly became iconic upon release last fall.
adidas Originals Racer Lite
adidas Originals gave its Racer Lite silhouette a clean makeover with this all-white colorway. Featuring a breathable mesh upper, arching cage system, suede heel and outstretched rubber midsole, this offering is the perfect minimal, summer sneaker.
atmos x Reebok Instapump Fury
Reebok’s Instapump has seen a fury of attention in recent seasons, and this year it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the popular shoe by teaming up with atmos for a minimal, whited-out version that had collector’s tongues wagging. The white textured upper, inflatable cage and clean Hexlite midsole represented a departure from the sneaker’s usual loud color styling, but the result was a hit.
Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Breeze
Nike’s classic Air Max 90 silhouette got a breezy update with this Ultra Breeze iteration introduced for 2015. Featuring perforations and embossing across the entire upper in different sizes, the end result is an interesting texture to an otherwise plain, tonal upper.
New Balance 999
The New Balance 999 is already a classic shoe, and when dressed in all-white it looks better than ever. With details like a white leather upper, perforated paneling at the toe box and collar, and the omnipresent ABZORB sole unit, these quickly became a front-runner for hottest summer sneaker as soon as they released.
Air Jordan 1 Mid
The Air Jordan 1 has been one of the most storied shoes of the past few seasons with ultra hype releases around its Bred, Shadow, Chicago and Royal colorways. Jordan Brand took things back to basics for Summer 2015 with a two-tone pack, one of which was an all-white version that proved that sometimes less really is more when it comes to sneakers.
- Arthur Bray