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10 of Our Favorite Breathable White Sneakers for Summer

White sneakers women allbirds and keds
Design: theSkimm | Photos: New Balance, Free People
July 5, 2023

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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 favorites — 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. ( to clean white sneakers can be tricky, but to keep your kicks looking fresh after regular wear, we recommend this HQ’r favorite shoe cleaner that works on tons of different materials.)

Free People

A vintage-looking pair that’s incredibly comfortable…

While they’re more off-white, these sneakers are our go-tos for any activity and with any outfit. Running errands in your favorite athletic dress? They match it perfectly. Dressing down a sundress? They work for that, too. We’ve worn them to concerts and been on our feet for hours, and they never give us blisters. ($90, Free People)

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New Balance

The white sneakers all the cool kids are wearing…

Enter: the New Balance 550s. Originally a basketball shoe, these sneakers are about as crisp and clean as it gets. We love wearing ours with sporty outfits and high socks. True to the brand, you can bet these will be comfortable no matter what you’re doing. ($109.99, New Balance)

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Superga white sneakers women

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. You can easily pair them with your favorite pair of jeans or a breezy summer dress. ($65.55, Amazon)

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Hoka white sneakers women

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 13 vibrant colors and two sizing options, including one for wide feet. Customers say these are great for all-day wear and active lifestyles. ($145, Hoka)

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Allbirds white sneakers women

Allbirds sneakers made from renewable materials…

These are made from eucalyptus tree fibers. They also happen to be machine washable and very lightweight. The knit is breathable, so steamy temps on a summer day won’t be a problem. 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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Converse white sneakers women

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

These Chuck Taylor All-Stars have 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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White sneakers women athleta

Lightweight, breathable white shoes you can work out in…

These are ideal for low-impact workouts at the gym or outdoors, and are 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. ($150, Athleta)

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Cariuma white sneakers women

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 have on. If you want to snag another pair (you will), this HQ’r favorite also comes in 14 other colorways. ($79, Cariuma)

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Vans white slip on shoes

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 them clean all summer long. ($59.95, Nordstrom)

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Keds white sneakers women

White casual sneakers the whole family can twin in…

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. You can also grab a pair for your little ones. *Adds to cart* ($54.95, Keds)

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