Fashion's Favorite Sneaker

The colorful running shoe has been on the fashion scene for a few seasons now, and while we still thoroughly enjoy its capacity to brighten up any outfit, it’s time for a palette cleanser. The fashion pack has moved on and is currently sprinting around town in clean, white sneakers with everything from cropped suits to pencil skirts. As the perfect neutral base for our spring wardrobe, we can’t wait to get our hands on a pair as well.

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    Of course we aren’t talking just any white sneaker—perish the thought. The required characteristics of this new fad are as follows: a cap-toe, minimal detailing, and a moderately thick sole. Click through to see some street style inspiration, followed by our picks.

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    PHOTO: The Urban Spotter

    Black and White:

    Graphic black and white is a key theme for S/S 14, and this is a great casual interpretation of the trend. Toss on a bold scarf with your white sneakers, and suddenly your all-black outfit feels fresh again.

    Similar scarf here:

    Topshop Blurred Check Scarf ($36)

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    PHOTO: Le 21eme

    Monochromatic:

    Head-to-toe pastel pink could seem too girly, but slouchy trousers and red-heeled sneakers add a tomboy sensibility.

    Similar trousers here:

    Marni Straight-Leg Pants ($740)

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    PHOTO: The Urban Spotter

    Wide-Leg Pants:

    Camille Charriere of Camille Over The Rainbow was wearing a Stella McCartney sweater, gray Cos overcoat, and Mango Satin Trim Trousers ($58) with her Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, demonstrating that the sneakers look unexpectedly great with wide-leg pants, as long as your upper half is polished.

    Similar coat here:

    Surface to Air Grey Wool Maple Coat ($600)

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Shaggy Faux Fur:

    Yes you can wear an over-the-top faux fur coat with sneakers, like Kate Foley does here. Just add striped menswear trousers and a printed bag, and stay away from headwear and statement jewelry.

    Similar jacket here:

    B Sable Chelsea Faux Fur Jacket ($413) in Black Feather 

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    PHOTO: The Urban Spotter

    Maxi Skirt:

    With warmer weather (hopefully) just around the corner, we love the idea of pairing a patterned maxi skirt with simple flat sneakers. Add polish with a collared shirt and sleek clutch.

    Similar skirt here: 

    Reformation Heliotrope Skirt ($258) 

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    PHOTO: Fashionvibe

    Cropped Pants:

    Instead of wearing your Converse when running to appointments, just switch in these striped Adidas Superstar Sneakers ($75) and finish with a structured purse.  

    Similar pants here:

    Zara Leggings With Pockets ($69) 

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    Denim on Denim:

    If you are fully committing to the grunge trend—baggy jacket, waist-tied shirt, boyfriend jeans—plain, white sneakers are your best bet for footwear. Just keep the color palette consistent, as this style savant does, by sticking with shades of blue.

    Similar jacket here:

    Isabel Marant Etoile Kerlen Denim Jacket ($535)

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    Adidas

    Originals Superstar 2 ($40)

    The tri-stripe will never go out of style, particularly in these patriotic colors.

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    Dunlop

    Green Flash DU1555 Non-Marking Trainers ($55)

    We love the one green lace on this classic plimsoll.

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    Tommy Hilfiger

    Perforated Sneaker ($69)

    The subtle piping and perforated fabric adds interest.

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    Woman By Common Projects

    Original Achilles Low Sneaker ($405)

    This versatile pair will carry you through until Labor Day.

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    Acne Studios

    Adriana Crackled Sneaker ($390)

    The crackled leather of this style is understated, but chic.

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    Adidas

    Stan Smith Trainer ($113)

    The re-launched style that is responsible for this trend.

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    Superga

    2750 Cotu Classic ($65)

    This stylist favorite isn’t going anywhere, so make sure you have it in classic white for this season.

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    Santoni

    Two Tone Trainers ($349)

    A touch of pale green on the cap and the toe nods to this season’s pastel trend.

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    Dsquared

    2 Chain Embellished Trainer ($666)

    A little chain detailing is a no-fail choice.

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    Shoes Like Pottery

    Low Top Canvas Shoe ($155)

    This canvas pair has a bright turquoise sole.

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Originals Superstar 2

Originals Superstar 2

Adidas, $40
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Green Flash DU1555 Non-Marking Trainers

Green Flash DU1555 Non-Marking Trainers

Dunlop, $55
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Perforated Sneaker

Perforated Sneaker

Tommy Hilfiger, $69
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Original Achilles Low Sneaker

Original Achilles Low Sneaker

Woman By Common Projects, $405
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Adriana Crackled Sneaker

Adriana Crackled Sneaker

Acne Studios, $390
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Stan Smith Trainer

Stan Smith Trainer

Adidas, $113
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2750 Cotu Classic

2750 Cotu Classic

Superga, $65
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Two Tone Trainers

Two Tone Trainers

Santoni, $349
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2 Chain Embellished Trainer

2 Chain Embellished Trainer

Dsquared, $666
SHOP
Low Top Canvas Shoe

Low Top Canvas Shoe

Shoes Like Pottery, $155
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