The white sneaker, from luxe to low cost
Words: Leila Petersen | Images : Supplied
More than just a fashion-crowd favourite, the white sneaker has achieved staple status – and for good reason. Like a blank canvas, this minimalist footwear pairs seamlessly with just about any outfit. Team them with shorts, jeans or chinos for a failsafe casual outfit or opt for tailored separates or suits for an elevated look. And thanks to the laidback versatility of this menswear icon, white kicks are here to stay. To help you find your perfect pair, we share some of our go-to white sneakers to suit any budget, along with some style suggestions. You’re welcome!
What: Superga 2490 The Big Flip, R799
Why: Affordable and comfortable, the self-described “people’s shoes of Italy” are an understated classic that offer a timeless silhouette. Drawing inspiration from cool skate heritage, it’s the ultimate casual canvas for off-duty days.
Wear: Sans socks with a rolled up chino or jeans.
What: Converse Chuck Taylor ’70 Ox Low, R899
Why: The OG of the sneaker world. Lightweight with great flexibility, it’s the icon that will give any outfit a much-needed kick.
Wear with: Your tailored chino or slim-leg dark denim jeans.
What: Reebok Club C85 Foundation, R1099
Why: With a style that nods to the 80s, this classic retro sneaker has resurged in recent years. Boasting a sleek leather exterior and minimal detailing, these stylish staples are not only exceptionally versatile but offer great comfort to those on their feet all day.
Wear with: Tailored separates during the week and ankle-grazer joggers for a relaxed weekend look.
What: Nike Court Vintage Premium, R1199
Why: If a simple and streamlined silhouette is what you after, then look no further than this low-key trainer. It’s the perfect understated footwear to freshen up your style.
Wear with: Tapered or cropped trousers or your favourite distressed denims.
What: PUMA Ralph Sampson lo vintage, R1299
Why: Oh, how we do love a collab, especially one that celebrates a basketball great such as Ralph Simons. Featuring luxe leather and suede overlays in the same signature court style, this sneaker is a great addition to any retro collection.
Wear with: A stylish tracksuit for a luxe, laidback aesthetic.
What: adidas Stan Smith, R1399
Why: This iconic sneaker needs no introduction. It’s a stalwart in just about every sneaker fan’s collection that will forever be relevant. Enough said.
Wear with: Slim-cut trousers or jeans.
What: Asics Gel-Yayona 5 360, R2499
Why: Although the Asics Gel-Kayona might be one of the most technologically advanced running shoes on the market, their sleek and clean design makes them suitable for both your fashion and functional attire.
Wear with: Activewear and casual trousers alike.
What: G-Star Raw Rovulc HB Mid, R1499
Why: If you live and breathe high tops, investing in a high-quality pair is worth it. Offering versatility and durability, these vulcanised trainers are must-haves to add to your sneaker rotation.
Wear with: Slim cuffed chinos.