Close your eyes and think back to your favorite summertime look of your childhood. Were you wearing that floral cotton dress with the tiny ice cream stain your parents couldn’t seem to get out? Your favorite jean with the patched hole from where you tried (and failed) to climb a wire fence? Or maybe you are wearing the logo tee–and-legging combo that you practically (and probably) were so in love with that you slept in it. No matter what’s on top, though, it’s a sure bet that on your feet were your favorite pair of white canvas shoes. Maybe Keds or perhaps some Converse or Vans, but those playground-ready kicks were quite the troopers when it came to your relentless wear and tear.
We’ve got news for you: Not much has changed. We’re still reaching for those white canvas shoes and tapping into the similar versatility of wear that we fell in love with as kids. Our dressier looks have turned to slip dresses and our casual jean shorts are now paired with boxy crop tops and silk camisoles, but white canvas shoes will forever be at the top of our list of seasonal wardrobe essentials. While you should study up on how to clean them before you stock up, it’s time to get shopping—starting with the 20 pairs below.
The classics have never looked so good. Whether you’re shopping the traditional low-top sneaker or something a little more dressed-up, go with white canvas sneakers this summer.