White trainers are kind of a must. They're not particularly convenient — if you're not careful, they get ruined (turn beigey brown) in a few months or just one night out. We've all done it… Woken up and your squeaky sneaks have a solid layer of bar dirt and they're no longer office-appropriate.
But there's nothing more satisfying than white sneakers fresh out of the box. There's something that makes them smart enough to wear for work, even with pretty formal looks like tailored suits.
They're also mega versatile — tricky pieces, like culottes (seriously — what shoes to wear with culottes?!) are easily styled with a simple sneak.
For years the Stan Smith was the cool go-to. First they were on the French model elite, worn with skinny jeans and t-shirts and trench coats, then they went mainstream and got a bit less tempting (thought still totally classic, obvs)
We've hunted around for the white trainers that are taking over — from the Nike Cortez's, for a 90s sporty look, to Vans Old Skools, for more of an LA skatey vibe.
Then there are Zara and H&M's simple plimsoll styles, if you're on a pre-holiday budget but are struggling with a white trainer gap in your shoe collection.
Joshua Sanders is a footwear fav right now — the XXL bow sandals and slip-ons getting our vote as the funnest of 2016. Zara did a similar style that sold out VERY fast.
If you accidentally get them grubby, and don’t have the budget to just buy a new pair (because really, who does?), then you’ll be happy to know cleaning them IS possible. Most trainers can actually go in the washing machine and are sturdy enough to take a cold, gentle wash (though we recommend a mesh bag). If you’re a little wary of throwing your treads in the drum, our top tip is baby wipes on the top, washing the laces separately and brushing the white soles with toothpaste and an old toothbrush to get them gleaming again.