The most versatile shoe for summer is still a clean-cut white sneaker.

Ever since Adidas reissued its popular Stan Smith sneaker several seasons ago, designers have been playing with the versatility of a minimalist white sneaker from classic skate styles to embellished slip-ons, and this summer the endless array of white sneakers sees no sign of slowing down.

For her recent spring 2017 show, Celine's creative director Phoebe Philo sent models down the runway in her personal shoe of preference, an easy white tennis shoe with red stripes down the side. Worn with pleated drop-waist dresses, it was a timely reminder that the ultimate easy outfit as we hit summer is a clean-cut, white sneaker and a crisp summer dress, for the weekend or relaxing with friends and family.

Left: Lem Lem Spring 2017. Right: Celine Spring 2017.
Left: Lem Lem Spring 2017. Right: Celine Spring 2017.

For something special, you can't look past the embellished options from Mai Mai at Runway or the Western buckle details from Toga, both offering a unique take on the traditional white sneaker, elevated to the next level.

For those looking for more bang for their buck, invest in a pair of ecological trainers by Brazilian brand Veja. Made with vegetable-tanned leather, they're an environmentally friendly option that don't skimp on style.


Adidas Originals "Rod Laver" gold leaf sneakers $280.
Chaos & Harmony "Energy" sneakers $289.

Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, $140, from Superette.
Mi Piaci "Pristina" sneakers $200.

Veja "V10" sneakers, $249, from Good As Gold.
New Balance "996" sneakers $180.

Isabel Etoile "Bart" sneakers, $589, from Workshop.
Gosha Rubchinsky x Reebok sneakers, $340, from Fabric.

Toga sneakers, about $490, from Matches.
Keds "Triple Core" sneakers, $130, from Hannahs.

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential sneakers $210.
Saint Laurent sneakers, about $710, from Net-a-Porter.

MCQ "Neti" sneakers, $550, from Runway.
Mai Mai "Eos" sneakers, $495, from Runway.
Vans "Authentic Lite" sneakers $129.90.