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.
Fashion's Favorite Sneaker
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Originals Superstar 2 ($40)
The tri-stripe will never go out of style, particularly in these patriotic colors.
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We love the one green lace on this classic plimsoll.
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Perforated Sneaker ($69)
The subtle piping and perforated fabric adds interest.
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Woman By Common Projects
This versatile pair will carry you through until Labor Day.
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Adriana Crackled Sneaker ($390)
The crackled leather of this style is understated, but chic.
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Stan Smith Trainer ($113)
The re-launched style that is responsible for this trend.
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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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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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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.