Once seen as the ultimate marker of a tourist, white sneakers have become ubiquitous all over the world. The right pair can transition from day to night, pair with dresses or jeans, and offer plenty of arch support and comfort while still looking stylish. These are the eight best white sneakers for travel.
SeaVees Balboa Court Shoe
Add a sporty spin to your travel wardrobe with SeaVees’ Balboa Court Shoe. This white cotton twill sneaker features an eye-catching grosgrain stripe detailing that sets the shoes apart from standard white pairs.
The Balboas look casual, but feature some serious comfort details, including a cushioned memory foam footbed with cooling airflow channels and a responsive “power grip” outsole.
M. Gemi The Palestra Uomo
Show off a hint of Italian style with the Palestra Uomo. The rubber sole and soft footbed give you solid traction and optimal comfort throughout the day, and the white laces blend perfectly with the white leather upper giving these shoes a clean and classic aesthetic made for dressing up or down.
Rothy’s The Lace-Up
After your trip, you toss all your dirty clothes into the washing machine—so why not add your shoes in as well? You can if they’re Rothy’s Lace-Up sneakers, a clean white pair of shoes that will always remain pristine since they’re machine-washable. Simply remove the ultra-cushioned footbed and toss both the insole and the sneaker in the washing machine. They’ll emerge looking fresh out of the box white again in no time. Out of all my shoes, the stylish Lace-Ups are the ones that most consistently garner compliments (and “where did you get those” questions) during my travels.
Adidas Stan Smith
Popular around the world, Adidas’ iconic Stan Smith sneakers go with any outfit and fit in anywhere. Opt for the all-white model or let your personal style shine through with pops of color on the heel and tongue. Either way, the excellent arch support and cushioning mean you’ll be packing (or wearing) these on every trip.
Thousand Fell Lace Up
Hate having dingy sneakers? Get irrationally mad when someone steps on your white shoes? Thousand Fells Lace Up sneakers might be for you. These sneakers are stain proof, odor-resistant, and feature a water-resistant coating so liquids and dirt slide right off. When you’re ready for a new pair, send them back to Thousand Fell (using a free label) where they will be refurbished and given to someone in need or recycled—and you’ll get a credit towards a new pair.
Keds Champion Original Lace Leather
Keds are a classic for a reason, and the Champion Originals Leather is the brand’s most timeless style. Made out of 100 percent leather, with no embellishments or excessive design, these are the shoes for people who just want a simple white sneaker.
Superga COTU Sneaker
Superga’s low-profile and lightweight classic sneakers are easy-to-pack (and easy to pair with anything in your travel wardrobe). The cotton unlined canvas upper is great for summer. A cushioned footbed, sturdy outsole, and soft lining make these shoes much more comfortable than they appear.
Taos Plim Soul Sneaker
Need a pair of shoes you can wear for an entire trip (without becoming offensively odorous)? Taos’ Plim Soul Sneakers are lined with a breathable canvas that’s been treated with a special odor-shield to keep your shoes stench-free. A trademarked Curves and Pods footbed has been designed to provide incredible arch and metatarsal support so you can wear these in comfort for many miles.
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