Sneakers, trainers, runners, plimsolls, tennis shoes, sports shoes... Whatever you call them, I doubt there are many people reading this who have never worn a pair of white [description of choice] in their life.As part of my capsule wardrobe series I'm covering classic white sneakers - 16 pairs guaranteed to last you well past this year's trends (and if my Adidas Originals are anything to go by, almost 20 years and still going strong)!
For most of us, school was the first time we were introduced to the white sports shoe. For me, they were totally plain white plimsolls (or "plimp-soles" as my young self called them) that probably had zero support or any kind of cushioning for my growing feet. Today, of course, the technology used in sports shoes is second to none and they're one of the most comfortable shoes for just about any activity.
However, judging by some of the emails I receive I know a lot of older women fear looking plain or frumpy in sports shoes... Get them wrong and yes, you could end up with an unimaginative choice of footwear that makes you look either like a tourist or like you're ready to walk the dog. However it is very, very easy to always get it right...
How to get your sneakers/trainers right every timeMy best advice? Go for white, and go for a classic style. My aforementioned Adidas Originals Superstars with navy stripes have lasted me years, and although they look a little worn-out they're still my go-to pair and just as stylish - the ULTIMATE classic.
If you look at street style looks at any fashion week (especially London Fashion Week), you'll see many fashionistas wearing classic white sneakers with their outfits. Depending on your style, they work with jeans, smart trousers, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, tailored suits or distressed denim.
And no, before anyone says - it's not an age thing. White sneakers are NOT just for younger girls. A 70-year-old woman with a Breton top, black wide leg trousers and Converse All Stars can look just as achingly stylish as a 20 year old in ripped denim and the same shoes.
It's not your age, it's all about how you wear them (but then I believe in that for everything we wear)!
Here are just a few of the outfits I've worn over the years with my white sneakers: Adidas Stan Smiths, Adidas Originals, and plain white tennis shoes. I have worn them with midi skirts but I just couldn't find the photos (sorry!) - however you can see that they work with smart looks and casual looks and just about every trouser style.
Now that I've (hopefully) convinced you that classic white sneakers are an absolute vital addition to your wardrobe, here are 16 of the MOST classic. You may notice that all my links lead to them on sale at ASOS - I make no apologies for that. ASOS do free international delivery and free returns, with no minimum order. The returns period is 30 days and they send the return label in the parcel. Plus if you time it right you will eventually get a voucher code (often 20, sometimes 30%) - as these sneakers are not one-off fashion styles they should stay in stock for a while so you'll get your chance to get a classic brand at a reduced price.
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