How to style white trainers

A sneaker staple, get the most from your white kicks in three surefire looks

If you only have room for one pair of trainers in your shoe collection, make them white. For white leather and suede footwear tends to come in solid, masculine tones, a pair of white sneakers will lighten up your sartorial palette offering new colour combos that maintain an air of relaxed elegance (our advice is to save those neon numbers for the gym).

A staple piece from season to season, the beauty of white luxury trainers is that they can be worn with just about anything. Of course, no style savvy gent will simply chuck on a pair without first planning out his outfit, which is why we’ve put together a selection of looks to nail (almost) every occasion.

With a suit

The blend of tailoring and sports chic makes a suit and white trainers the perfect pairing for those times when polished Oxfords feel a little too formal. This dapper yet casual approach is also great for a relaxed wedding, but just make sure to double check the dress code with the bride and groom beforehand.

How to wear it: team your white trainers with a single breasted blazer and non-matching trousers (solid colours such as navy and dark grey always work well together) or with a light coloured suit that has an unlined jacket and soft shoulders. A men's white shirt is a safe bet, mirroring the colour of your crepes. As for accessories, this look is all about informal elegance, so there’s no need for a tie and the more daring of dressers can even do away with socks.

Designer trainers with a suit
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For the relaxed office

Whether you work in a creative space or need something smart casual for dress-down Friday, an impeccable pair of white trainers strike the perfect note. Best of all, they provide the perfect bridge between boardroom, after-work drinks and an evening out on the town.

How to wear it: starting from the bottom up, a pair of slim-fitting navy cotton trousers that crop just above the shoe will look great with white, dark blue or black socks. As for the top half, choose between either a button-down shirt or a polo tee and layer with crew neck knitwear in classic navy or more adventurous red.

Mens white trainers in the office look
The relaxed office look
Off-duty elegance

White trainers were originally designed as sportwear so it’s only natural that you incorporate yours into an outfit for play. Alongside canvas tennis shoes, these days we have designer leather sneakers to offer that added something for the weekend.

How to wear it: jeans are, and always will be, the go-to for laidback style. Pick a dark pair of denim in navy or black and wear with a white tee, crew neck jumper and finish with a lightweight jacket such as a mac (we don’t want to go too relaxed now do we).

The off duty look
Choose your trainer

Now you know how to style white trainers, all that’s left is to find yourself the perfect pair to add to your collection. And to keep those kicks looking fresh, make sure to spruce up your knowledge on cleaning white leather trainers.

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