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9 of Our Fave Breathable White Sneakers for Summer

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Design: theSkimm | Image: Allbirds, Keds
Jun 8, 2022

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White sneakers are a timeless summertime staple. A clean, simple silhouette can make any outfit, and a breathable canvas upper can be the difference between sweaty feet or dry ones. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our faves — from white platform sneakers so comfy you won’t wanna take them off, to classic white slip-ons you’ll keep forever, to white shoes to work out in. (Psst...how to clean white sneakers can be tricky, but to keep your kicks looking fresh after regular wear, we rec this HQ’r fave shoe cleaner that works on tons of different materials.) 

White canvas sneakers that’ll take you from hiking to hanging out…  

A true closet essential for the summer, these are made from a sturdy, unlined cotton canvas and have a 1-inch-high rubber platform. Reviewers rave about how comfy these are even after walking miles — no blisters or sore feet here, thank you. And you can easily pair ‘em with your fave pair of jeans or a breezy summer dress. Oh, and the brand recs sizing down a half size for the best fit. ($64.99, Amazon)

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Cushioned shoes you can run and walk in… 

These are soft and light and have a breathable mesh upper perfect for even the hottest summer days. They come in 11 vibrant colors and two sizing options, including one for wide feet. Customers say these are perfect for all-day wear and active lifestyles. These shoes? Definitely made for walkin’. ($140, Hoka)

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Allbirds sneakers made from renewable materials…

Like eucalyptus tree fiber. They also happen to be machine washable and v lightweight. The knit is breathable, so steamy temps on a summer day won’t be a bother. Did we mention the midsole is made from Brazilian sugarcane? It’s bouncy, contoured, and yet another feature that makes this sneaker carbon neutral. ($105, Allbirds)

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OG white high-top sneakers that are always in style…

These Chuck Taylor All-Stars have got the brand's classic canvas upper and “All Star” ankle patch. Plus, the white colorway comes with signature white and blue rubber stripes. When in doubt, you can never go wrong slipping on a pair of Chucks. ($65, Converse)

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A white chunky sneaker if you've been wanting to get in on the trend...

Hello, ‘90s nostalgia. These are an HQ’r fave because you can get ’em dirty, wet, and wear them for miles and they’ll still hold up.  We love the thick, super-comfy cushioned sole and the upper made from different patches of faux leather. BTW, the chunky sole doesn’t mean these will weigh you down — they’re perfect for all-day wear. And if stark white isn't your thing, snag these in beige for a more neutral look. ($42, Lulus)

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Lightweight, breathable white shoes you can work out in… 

These are ideal for low-impact workouts at the gym or outdoors, and made from a breathable microsuede. They’ve got a waisted throat design that hugs your feet, and have been sculpted to fit the shape and form of the female foot. Customers say they love the style but note they may be a bit narrow for wider feet. ($150, Athleta

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Comfy white sneakers made with sustainability in mind… 

Say hi to a vegan insole made from organic mamona oil and cork, and other parts made from recycled plastic. They’re better for planet Earth and provide more arch support. These come in recyclable packaging with carbon-neutral shipping. And look great with whatever warm-weather outfit you’ve got going on. If you wanna snag another pair (you will), this HQ’r fave also comes in 15 other colorways. ($79, Cariuma)

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Cult-favorite white slip-on sneakers you won’t get tired of…  

These classic Vans slip-ons are super sturdy, comfortable, and never go out of style. They’ve got the same low-profile canvas uppers, padded collars, and waffle outsoles we all know and love, and tend to run true to size. Pro tip: Spray on some Vans Water and Stain Shield to keep ‘em clean all summer long. ($59.95, Nordstrom

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White casual sneakers perfect for the whole family…

And affordable enough to snag in some other colors too. These are made from 100% cotton and have a memory-foam footbed and padded collar for comfort. Customers say they run true to size and provide enough support for all-day comfort. They’re basically a perfect match with anything in your summer wardrobe. And yup, you can also grab a pair for your little ones. BRB, adding to cart. ($49.95, Keds)

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