Get On It: White Tennis Sneakers

Festoon your feet in clorox.


I am not a good tennis player.

Sometimes I tell people that I am but it is a lie. I took lessons from the time I was eight until I was eight-and-a-half and in those sweet, short six months, I learned that my hand-eye coordination is not bad but catastrophically laughable. I am also not susceptible to ball hitting or catching (do with that information what you want) and as much as I like to believe that I am a woman of many colors, neon is technically not my friend.

It hates me, in fact. This theory has been further propelled only by an almost broken nose that suspended my tennis career at eight-and-a-half.

What I am good at is simple and rather unimpressive: dressing the part. Or I should really say, pulling details from the part and making them seem so my own that layman bystanders or the uninitiated are effectively forced to believe that, in the case of my white sneakers, I am an off-duty tennis pro. A pro at all sports, actually. It is that natural.

I know that when I started wearing Golden Goose it was because I loved the way their white sneakers looked. They came dirty and with suede accents and grey laces and if you wanted, a splash of green or red or gold. What I’m not sure about is what initially elicited my interest in wearing white sneakers at all. Until two years ago, they were much more nurse taking vitals than they were tennis — or street style — star.

Blame the former semblance on Reebok and the latter, maybe, on a perfect storm that has come in the wake of a popularity surge in formal shoes that are white (they took Emily Post’s post-Labor Day decree and shoved it right on up her behind) and Isabel Marant’s wedge sneakers. Whether I like to admit it or not, they were essentially a gateway drug that turned me into a fashion victim-cum-certified aerobics instructor.

The thing is, I certainly didn’t figure my proclivity for white rubber soles a trend so much as I did a function of how I liked to look. But now, with Hedi Slimane’s sneakers for Saint Laurent, The Great Adidas Original Comeback (my mom will jovially brag that she’s been wearing hers, no break, since 1972 which is not a lie) and any number of fashion sneaker brands mimicking the shoes that hearken back to the preferred footwear of The Wonder Years‘ Winnie, it’s probably time to reassess that thought and perhaps even suggest that you too jump on this bleached bandwagon?

Come on, give your bunions a break.

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  • Christina Storm

    Love this trend! Great pics!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  • Vanessa Basanta

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    un besazo y muy buen finde!!!

  • Q

    the first pic… love it.

  • Love your pics! I can’t wait for the Stan Smith 2 to be available!

    Mafalda ❤

  • Same here. Can’t wait for the Stan Smiths, since chuck taylors are extremely painful on me.

  • Liz

    How do you feel about the high top, white, aerobics instructor Reeboks? They go by the street name…Reebok Lifestyle Freestyle Hi.

  • Quinn Halman

    The great thing about the white sneakers is that they basically go with most outfits

  • Slimane = God

    I am all about those Saint Laurent trainers.


  • monkeyshines

    absolutely inspiring!


  • Nuh-uh no way. I can’t get behind this one. Sorry, Leeandra. Still love you though xx

  • Judas Lee

    i believe that Adidas Originals will be the new New Balance(or those chunky slip-ons..) w/ the upcoming Stan Smith re-edition

  • I have mine in the back of my closet from 6th grade, so any trend that eases up on my wallet just a little bit is good for me!

  • All about the clean white trainers – great visual references, too!

  • Bodil Loïs

    Love it, still have one pair from back in the days 🙂

    Love Bodil,

  • CDJ

    Leave it to you to turn something I once hated into something I now like.

  • Aubrey Green

    Love the look of this, I just feel like I can’t wear them, or pull them off – it’s annoying.

    • Emily

      NO WAY. ANYONE CAN PULL .THEM OFF. Dont think you cant pull something off honestly. Have you tried it? I bet you can 🙂

      • Aubrey Green

        thanks for the boost of confidence Emily :). Yes, I have tried them, I think I look really funny/goofy with flats in general, but especially these types of shoes. I will try it for a full day and see what happens ;).

  • I’ve been wearing the same pair of off-white hi-top Converse for nearly four years now (I got them large so that my foot has/had room to grow), and I must say it has been the best evolution ever with them. I love the way they have dirtied.

  • Kathryn M.

    White sneakers are the best. I added a pair of white high top chucks to my wardrobe this summer and have since decided that there will always be a pair of those in my closet. Yeaaa white shoes!

  • the coattail effect

    never thought I’d be dying to get my hands on some white canvas shoes, but I know they will go with everything!

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    This is something that I won’t be trying sorry. Not a fan because they get dirty WAY too quickly.

  • Lory

    Great post, I love this trend! x

  • Lara Vermont

    The following comment has nothing to do with the above segment; Isn’t the manrepeller married? She never mentions, or is photographed with her husband… ever…
    (a curious reader)

  • Lola Bunny

    This comment has nothing to do with the above segment (just a curious reader) – Isn’t the manrepeller married? I mean she never ever mentions her husband, they are never photographed together, she posts instagram pictures 50 times a day.. i mean there isn’t one photo of them together. I guess, yes, it is her personal life and she chooses what to expose – but it just seems kinda odd to me considering she is still in her early 20’s and you would think that this is when a couple is the most lovey dovey. It’s kinda strange.. hashtag sad face!

  • I have a hard time embracing white footwear. I love nude, I love cream, but not white. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that it makes me think of almost stripped down women in mini skirts, cropped tops and over knee white boots – creatures neither man repelling, not tasteful in any other sense.

  • Haha your mom sounds so cute! Totally loving the white sneaker trend. I’ve always loved wearing sneakers but resigned to the regular sneaker and shorts combo. It looks so fresh with the wide legged white trousers and huge coats! On board!

  • Love these white tennis sneakers.
    Sneakers are really very comfortable to walk with.
    Especially when you are on a continuous tiring walk.
    I really liked that all white look in picture 4 by Elle.

  • Quinn

    Please check out my made-to-order custom sneakers! Look up QustomQuinns on instagram! It’s art on your feet 🙂

  • john