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White sneakers are probably the most versatile thing you can add to your wardrobe because they’re easy to clean, can be dressed up or down, and pair with a virtually endless array of outfits. But there are a lot of different factors that can make one sneaker better than another. Some people care more about style and trend, while others care more about comfort or performance.
It doesn’t help that there are many (many!) different types of white sneakers on the market, each one with a different type of shopper in mind. These days, it seems that everyone has a pair of Air Force 1s or Stan Smiths in their wardrobe. Even Kate Middleton seems to favor a pair of white VEJA sneakers. But if those styles aren’t to your taste, we’ve culled the reviews and combed the internet to find the very best white sneakers for women.
Jump To: Best Overall | Best Budget Overall | Best For Wide Feet | Best For Large Feet | Best For Walking All Day | Best For For Foot Pain | Best For Travel | Best Waterproof | Best Slip-On | Best High-Top
What To Look For
A sneaker is only as comfortable as the material it’s made of. Natural materials like leathers, cottons and linens tend to be more breathable than synthetic materials like polyester, which tend to lock in air and moisture, making them feel heavier during wear. What a shoe is made of will also determine how you take care of it, whether it’s good ol’ shoe cleaning wipes or a more speciality process for cleaning your white sneakers.
Size is especially important if you’re shopping outside of the standard women’s shoe size range from 5 to 11, or are looking for specialty sizes such as wide or narrow fits. Below, we’ve detailed all of the sizing information we can gather about our top white sneaker picks, including whether they’re available in alternative widths or are available in half-sizes as well.
Sneaker designs are as diverse as the people who wear them. But just because white sneakers are too often dubbed the “shoe you can wear with everything” or the “only shoes you need” doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Some sneakers we’ve listed below are designed for comfort and ease of pulling on and off, while others focus more on trends and stylish elements. If a sneaker has a unique design feature worth calling out, we’ve noted it below.
You can usually expect to pay an average of around $100 for a good quality pair of white sneakers. Below, we’re ranking our sneaker picks below that average as $ (under $100), to $$ (at $100) to $$$ (over $100).
Our Recommendations For Best White Sneakers For Women
1. Best Overall — Adidas Stan Smiths
Materials: Recycled material | Sizes: 5 to 11, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top tennis shoe | Price: $$
Chances are you have or have had in the past a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths in your closet, and for good reason. After all, these sneakers that were named after the tennis star were christened the “Shoe Of The Year” in 2014 because they became so universally beloved. It debuted as the first-ever leather tennis shoe on the market in 1972, but had some ups and downs during its reign — and was even pulled off the market for a short time while Adidas waited for the “re-emergence of the clean-shoe-silhouette trend.” Since 2014, it’s climbed the ranks to become one of most beloved low-top white sneaker styles due to its “simple silhouette” and it’s ability to be worn with “jeans to maxi dresses and workdays to dinners out,” according to Simplemost writer Emily O’Brien, who has worn hers nearly daily for two years.
- Pros: Waterproof, classic silhouette, multiple colors and styles, moderate arch support, reasonably priced
- Cons: Limited ankle support, easy pull tabs, only available in medium width
2. Best (Budget) Overall — Superga 2750 Canvas Cotu Sneakers
Materials: Cotton canvas | Sizes: 5 to 15, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top tennis shoe | Price: $
These canvas sneakers from Italian brand Superga are both casual and classic, but also provide more footbed room compared to canvas sneaker styles from Vans and Keds. Created in 1925 as a traditional tennis shoe, these cotton and rubber sneakers are lightweight and breathable, making them perfect for sunny holidays and weekend errands. They also have a hint more visual interest than other canvas sneakers on the market, and come in about 40 different colors if you’re looking to go beyond everyday white. It’s worth noting that some reviewers have been confused about sizing across retailers, so be sure to browse what other buyers say about sizing to make sure you order the right fit.
- Pros: Affordable, lightweight, packable, washable
- Cons: Not waterproof, limited arch support, limited ankle support, only available in medium width, no pull tabs
3. Best For Wide Feet — DynaSoft Nergize Sport v2
Materials: Synthetic materials | Sizes: 5 to 12, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top sporty sneaker | Price: $
These New Balance sneakers are an unlikely combination of stylish, comfortable and available in wide-width sizes. They provide moderate arch support, while remaining plush and cushioned after several wears. What we like is that these sneakers provide just as much comfort runnings errands as they do in the gym or on the road. Keep in mind that because they’re made of synthetic materials and not waterproof materials, it’s might be best to avoid wearing them on rainy, damp days.
- Pros: Plush, strong arch support, lightweight, wide-widths available
- Cons: Low breathability, low ankle support, sporty style, no pull-tabs
4. Best For Large Feet — Reebok Lifestyle Classic Leather
Materials: Leather and synthetic materials | Sizes: 5 to 16.5, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top leather running shoe | Price: $
Women’s shoes above a size 12 are hard to find, but not impossible. These Reeboks reimagine the classic ’80s silhouette for contemporary tastes, and are some of the highest rated and reviewed sneakers we found that also had the most diverse sizing. Some reviewers mention they run narrow in the footbed, so it’s recommended to try using a shoe stretcher on them for a few days before wearing them. They’re also a good option for people with narrower feet.
- Pros: Minimalist, waterproof, extended sizing, moderate arch support
- Cons: Only available in medium width, run narrow according to reviews, no pull-tabs
5. Best For Walking All Day — ON Cloud 5 Running Shoe
Materials: Recycled materials | Sizes: 5 to 11 | Design: Low-top sporty running shoe | Price: $$$
The ON Cloud 5 are a reimagined style of one of the brand’s best-sellers, but now designed with more recycled materials. They’re made for “soft landings,” which is the brand’s way of saying they’re designed to be easy on your joints and muscles. We especially like their unique O-shaped footbed cushioning system, which reduces impact and strain with each step, making them ideal for long day on your feet. If you have limited mobility, you can forego the traditional laces in the box and use the brand’s “speed laces” for easy on-on wearing, too. Note that many reviewers mentioned sizing up a half-size.
- Pros: Lightweight, waterproof, moderate arch support
- Cons: Pricey, sporty style, no pull-tab, only available in medium width
6. Best For Foot Pain — HOKA Rincon 3
Materials: Synthetic materials | Sizes: 5 to 12, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top sporty running shoe | Price: $$$
What we like most about the Rincon 3s is that they give that lighter-than-air foam bounce with each step that you come to expect from a signature pair of HOKAs. That cushioned, springy step is why we’re dubbing these our best shoes for those with foot pain such as plantar fasciitis. And don’t let their sporty silhouette deceive you — the dusting of rose gold in these sneakers is just enough to elevate them to everyday wear without feeling like you have a proper running shoe on all day. That said, these shoes are designed to fit snuggly, so if you have mobility issues getting shoes on or off, we might recommend considering a different sneaker style in this list.
- Pros: Extremely lightweight, moderate cushion, available in wide-width in select sizes and colors, pull-tab for easy on-off
- Cons: Not waterproof, limited ankle support
7. Best For Travel — VEJA Campo
Materials: Leather, organic cotton, recycled polyester | Sizes: 4 to 11.5, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top stylish leather sneaker | Price: $$$
Founded in 2004, French shoemaker VEJA kicked off the sustainable sneaker trend we know today. VEJA sneakers remain undeniably trendy, which is why they’re our pick for the best white sneakers for travel. Celebrities like Emma Watson and Emily Ratajkowski have been seen wearing these trainers, as have royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Still, what we love most about these sneakers is that, because VEJA is a Certified B Corporation brand, their shoes are designed with radical transparency in mind, down to the materials and the factories where they’re made. And because these shoes have a roomy and padded round toe shape with a minimalist silhouette, they’re pretty much the only shoe you need on your travels.
- Pros: Sustainable materials, water resistant, moderate arch support
- Cons: Pricey, only medium-widths available, no pull tabs
8. Best Waterproof — Cariuma OCA Low
Materials: Leather, organic cotton, cork, recycled plastics | Sizes: 5 to 13, half-sizes available | Design: Low-top stylish leather tennis shoe | Price: $$$
Cariuma’s stylish sneakers were designed with sustainability in mind. Founded in 2018 by two Brazilian lifelong skateboarding enthusiasts who describe their shoes as ” good-looking, crazy comfy and consciously made,” Cariuma’s sneakers have since become favorites of celebs like Pete Davidson and Helen Mirin. All of the lining, laces, threads and labels on this shoe are made of recycled plastic bottles. We like that the cap-toe design keeps your toes dry at their most vulnerable seams, which is why we’re naming them our favorite waterproof white sneakers.
- Pros: Waterproof, sustainble materials, moderate arch support, pull-tabs for easy on-off
- Cons: Pricey, only medium width available
9. Best Slip-On — Nike Go FlyEase
Materials: Synthetic materials | Sizes: 5 to 10, half-sizes available | Design: No-frills, lace-free, slip-on tennis shoe | Price: $$$
What we find most unique about these shoes is that they don’t just slip on like slippers — they hinge open and closed around your ankle so that you still get that snug-like-a-sneaker feeling without ever having to bend down or lace up. Due to their design, reviewers say they feel a bit tight at first wear, but should mold to the footbed over time. They’re made with a plush cushioned foam that gives each step a comfortable bounce. What we like most about these shoes is that they’re not just for those with limited mobility — these would be excellent sneakers for pregnancy when bending down to tie laces becomes downright uncomfortable (or impossible).
- Pros: Laceless sneakers, hands-free on-off, good for limited mobility and dexterity, extremely lightweight
- Cons: Only available in medium-width, limited range of sizes
10. Best High-Top — Camper Karst
Materials: Leather, cotton, sustainable materials | Sizes: 6 to 14 | Design: High-top, contemporary, lace-up sneaker | Price: $$$
Look no further than Spanish footwear brand Camper if contemporary designs are your thing. The brand can now be found in 40 countries worldwide since its founding in 1975. These sneakers-meet-combat-boot shoes are the right amount of comfort, versatile and stylish. They’re especially roomy in the toe bed, so they’re a great option for those with wider feet or those who like some additional room for their toes.
- Pros: Larger sizes available, ankle support, two-year guarantee period
- Cons: Pricey