If you’re the neurotic type and start to get all panicky at the very thought of someone scuffing your pristine new kicks, there couldn’t be a better time to buy a pair of white sneakers. You’ve got nowhere to go, my guy! Plus—assuming you can temporarily avoid pissing off whoever you’re cooped up with in your apartment—you don’t have to worry about anyone trying to vindictively crease your toe boxes, the way you do when you walk onto the subway platform and then scurry into the corner with the least potential exposure ASAP.
Social distancing is for sneakerheads, man. Might as well call the whole thing “the white-sneaker shimmy.” If the city of New York gave out a free pair of box-fresh white sneakers to every resident of the five boroughs, I swear to god the curve would be flattened in a week.
There’s a reason the white sneaker’s become the go-to hero product for so many sneaker stalwarts and DTC upstarts alike: It’s a hero product, in the most literal sense of the word. As in, it’s here to save your sorry ass after your swore off sneakers for all of, like, a month, before you realized there’s no loafer on earth as comfortable as your favorite pair of workout shoes. (Or literally any other sneaker ever.) Easy to style, endlessly versatile, and somehow always elegant, the white sneaker is a warm-weather staple, and it’s here to stay.
Looking to cop a new pair for yourself after you beat the last ones to shit this past spring (and then told yourself you were wearing hard-bottoms from here on out)? Look no further. From high-tops to lows, canvas to leather, we’ve rounded up some of the best versions available so you can cop now.
Better sleep with one eye open, son, because I might have to come over there and stomp on your sneakers out of sheer spite.
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OG Classic Slip-On LX
The ideal slip-on shoe to finish off any WFH fit.
Club C 85 Vintage Sneakers
The Club C is an oldie but a goodie, especially in this specific shade of eggshell white.
Air Monarch IV
A typically meme-ready—but eminently wearable—take one one of the most consistently popular sneakers in the country, of Martin Rose and her signature cheeky wit.
Air Force 1 ’07
It’s almost impossible to beat a pair of uptowns. Aside from sitting at the very heart of the sneaker world, they look great with almost everything.
Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage
A retro style that couldn’t look more relevant today.
ML827AAD White and Silver
The dad shoe to end all dad shoes.
V-10 Rubber-Trimmed Leather Sneakers
A deceptively lightweight sneaker that brings out the best of both its collaborators. You can (and should!) do everything in these.
424 SC Premiere Shoes
Chuck Taylor All-Star 70s
Fear of God fearlessly updates an indisputable classic.
Air Max 95 Essential
They don’t call it an “essential” for no reason.
[Extremely Tony the Tiger voice] They’re grrrrrrreat! (Sorry, we had to. But they really are.)
Salvapor 032c Sneakers
A super chunky silhouette that somehow manages to sleek as all hell.
XT-6 Advanced Sneakers
A highly functional fashion-crowd favorite.
Capri Triple White Sneakers
Koio’s Capri sneaker is a favorite around the Esquire offices. The low-profile silhouette and minimal detailing make it exceptionally versatile.
Vulcanized Canvas Sneakers
If Off-White creative mastermind Virgil Abloh has proven anything over these last few years, it’s that he more than knows his way around a pair of grail-level sneakers.
Bball Low Top Sneakers
An OG of the game is still one of the very best on the market. It’s clean and sleek and finished with CP’s signature gold-foil branding.
Replica Suede and Leather Sneakers
The German Army Trainer, tweaked ever-so-slightly by one of the most highly regarded fashion houses in the world.
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