Working out what to wear with white trainers is the basis of so many smart casual dress code dilemmas. They’re beyond versatile. We’ve witnessed (and welcomed) the shift from sports essential to everyday staple, and there’s no doubt our wardrobes, and our feet, are thankful for it.
No other shoes can compete with trainers’ comfort, simplicity, and versatility for wearing everyday. From low-key looks at work to going out on weekends, and everything in between. Trainers are my go-to for on-the-go.
Yes, white trainers can get mucky, but cleaning them is easy once you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve. Whether it’s a gentle wipe with a washing-up liquid solution, a soft brush scrub for canvas styles (pop some newspaper inside them when they sit to dry naturally), or soaking the laces in Vanish, giving your white trainers some simple TLC after wearing will keep them looking fresher for longer.
When it comes to choosing trainers, the brands, price-tags, colours, and shapes on offer is vast. Failsafe options are neutral shades because you can pair them with pretty much everything you already own without a major colour clash. They’ll look just as great under loose floaty trousers as mom jeans, and add a sporty edge to dresses and jumpsuits.
Whatever size feet we have, we all want to look in proportion. I’m an average shoe size 6/39 and the dreaded clown-like, bowling shoe, vibe is not what I’m after. So if you’re worried about your feet looking long, avoid ultra-low styles with flat soles, and try something with a chunkier sole instead. A more interesting sporty shape will detract from the length.
Thanks to designer brands, cult trainers are a luxe purchase just as likely to be dressed up with going out outfits as with your favourite gym leggings. But a wise shoe investment doesn’t need the designer price tag to match, and there’s lots of great options that will look as good and last just as long for under £100…
Simple and subtle for work
Veja is a reliable favourite for high-quality, understated trainers. Not only does this make them a perfect workwear choice, they’re also incredibly versatile and will endure lots of wear.
If you’re wondering what to wear with white trainers like these so they’re smart enough for the office – I like to pair mine with wide leg trousers, so you’ll only see a hint of them underneath.
New Balance’s steady rise in popularity has suddenly gone stratospheric. So if you want a pair, you’ll have to act quick.
If you go for a chunky sole, like these, keep your styling laidback with some relaxed jeans and a logo tee.
Have dresses and trainers had their day? The jury’s out. It’s a popular pairing and I can see why. You look like you’ve made an effort dressing up, with the added bonus of staying comfy on your feet all day long. And for simple ease of course there’s nothing wrong with a pair of Vans and a pretty dress, with an autumn jacket layered over the top.
But, if you want a fresher fashion-conscious look, try a chunkier, sportier trainer like these.
These Novesta trainers are cute and classic, while being durable enough for long walks along the pier and the beach.
Utility style works well with the classic Converse high top. Taking them from preppy to something a bit more laidback.
I love the loose fit of these Zara cargo trousers, perfect for strolling around a new city.