We have some travel coming up this year, and I knew I was in need of a new pair of sneakers. And as I was browsing, I was completely overwhelmed with all the options. I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way! So I ordered nine different shoes plus added in a few that I already own to bring you the best white sneakers of 2020! I made sure to hit all price points too! We’ll be covering budget options around $50 all the way up to a max of $150!
Best White Sneakers of 2020
Y’all this is going to be a long one, so buckle up. We’re going to start by going through all ten contenders for best white sneakers! You’ll see pictures of each close up along with photos of me wearing them with both jeans and leggings! Get details for comfort, style, and fit under each shoe description! Want to jump right to my conclusion? Scroll to the bottom to see my favorites for a couple categories like most comfortable, most affordable pick, and all-around favorite!
Oh my gosh, y’all. I’m pretty sure I owned a pair of shoes that looked nearly identical to these when I was younger. Reeboks were the jam, and I’m so happy to see them making a comeback! I went ultra-classic with the gum sole, but they do also come in an all-white option if you prefer that look. They also come in all-black, grey, and a few other color options.
I ordered my typical size 9 and like the fit! Comfort-wise, I am impressed too. They have plenty of bounce to them, flex in the sole, and cushion in the sole. I could see these being very comfortable for travel or all-day wear!
They come in at $75, which is pretty middle-of-the-road for all of the options I tried. For a leather sneaker, the price point is great.
Sneakers (9 – true to size)
If you love a classic Reebok, but want a slightly slimmer shoe, you have to check out the Club C 85! I feel like they’re the perfect mix of old school style with a modern cut. And comfort-wise, these are one of the top contenders!
Again, I went with the gum sole option, but it’s a lot less noticeable in this style since it’s just at the very bottom. They do also come in an all-white option and an off-white version that looks truly retro!
They have a thinner sole than the Reebok Classic with a little more flex, which I think makes them slightly more comfortable. Out of all of the options I tried, this was an instant favorite! Just like the Classic, these are priced at $75.
Sneakers (9 – true to size!)
If you’ve spent any time browsing Pinterest or Instagram lately, I’m sure you’ve seen the Nike Air Force 1 everywhere! They are definitely one of the hottest of-the-moment sneakers.
Style-wise they are probably the most clunky option I tried. They have a thick platform but feel surprisingly light and wearable! Looking at them, I would not have thought they would be as comfortable as they are! The leather feels soft and the insole has quite a bit of cushion! The craftsmanship and details are also just really good. With all of that does come a slightly higher price tag of $100.
Personally, these were not my style. I prefer more of a classic, slimmer shoe. But even though these weren’t for me, I can see why they are so popular! If you are looking for a platform sneaker, I would definitely recommend these!
Sneakers (9 – true to size)
Since I knew I wasn’t looking for a platform-style sneaker, I was excited to come across the Nike Court Vision! They have a very similar look to the Air Force 1 but with much less of a platform. Style-wise these are much more my style. They are also a more affordable option around $60!
Comfort-wise, these are also wonderful! They’re almost to the level of Reebok Club C 85. The sole has plenty of flex, the insole has cushion, and I like that they are an all-leather upper. The only thing that makes them slightly less comfortable is the tongue. It’s not made of leather and is almost oddly thick and padded. I do think that over time they would break in, but they slightly dug into the top of my foot. It could probably also be lessened by just loosening the laces some.
I did size down 1/2 and like the fit! Be sure to size down since they run a little on the large side!
Sneakers (8.5 – size down 1/2)
I had to do a side-by-side for y’all so you could see the difference between the Court Vision (left) and the Air Force 1 (right.) Style-wise you can really see many of their similarities!
The AF1 do have a much thicker sole. And the craftsmanship and details are just higher quality. Everything from the stitching to the sole details to the softness of the leather are just better with the Air Forces. However I wouldn’t count the Court Vision out, especially if you want a lower platform style! They are still a good, comfortable shoe and a great affordable option!
Of course I had to order a pair of Madewell sneakers. And spoiler alert: they are pretty freakin’ fantastic. Not only is the leather super soft, but these sneakers have the most amazing insole. Madewell calls them Cloudlift, which is such an appropriate name. They feel like flexy, supportive memory foam clouds. 😂
Style-wise they remind me a lot of Vans Old Skool. Even the side-stitching is reminiscent of Vans. But these have a leather upper, and yes, cloud insoles. The sole is flexible and comfortable. I could see myself wearing these for miles upon miles in full comfort.
They are also one of the most affordable pairs, which is just mind-boggling. They are currently on sale for $74 plus an additional 30% off with code REALDEAL, which brings them down to $52. That’s insane for the level of quality and comfort.
Madewell also has several other colors and print options, including a spotted pair that I have my eye on. They also come in a high top if you’re looking for something like that.
Sneakers (9 – size down 1/2!)
Another A+ in comfort, y’all! Before writing this post I hadn’t heard of Tretorns before! But they kept coming up in my searches, and I can see why! They are crazy-comfortable and the lightest weight sneaker option I tried. I could barely even feel them on my feet!
The design is very slim on the foot and the sole has a lot of flex. The main difference with these is that they are a canvas option rather than a leather!
I could see these being so wonderful for travel! They’re not only comfortable but they wouldn’t add any weight to your suitcase! Or maybe that’s just a concern for us chronic over-packers. 😂
They are priced at $74 and come in a ton of other options. I really like the ones with the black side “v”, but there other solid (all-over) color options as well.
Sneakers (9 – true to size)
Alright, y’all. Welcome to my struggle. Style-wise the V-10 were my favorites of every white sneaker I tried. But they were also the least comfortable straight out of the box. They weren’t uncomfortable, but I did try them on after the Madewell and Tretorns, so I could feel the difference!
The craftsmanship is wonderful. They have a leather upper and rubber sole like many of the other options, but I just love the details of these!! According to the many, many reviews that I read (and the testimony of my girl Ailsa at Happy Go Curly), the leather is stiff out of the box. But after a few wears, they break in and turn into one of the most comfortable shoes.
I ended up ordering two options in different color ways since I wasn’t sure what to go with. They only come in whole sizes, so I ordered the 39 (8) and the 40 (9). In a perfect world, I would need a half size. But after again chatting with Ailsa, I decided the 40 (9) were the best fit for me! Of course I ordered the 40’s in the black, and I ended up preferring the color block, which I ordered in the 39. 😂(Color block is pictured up top. The black is in the photo of me!)
Sneakers – (9/40 – run slightly big but no 1/2 sizes!)
When it comes to classic sneakers, I equate the Vans Old Skool to a Converse Chuck Taylor. It’s an option that will probably always be in style! They are also one of the most affordable options at $59 and come in quite a variety of colors!
Unlike some of the others I’ve shared, these are a canvas sneaker. The toe area also seems a little wider, but overall, they do fit slim to the foot. The sole has a ton of flex to the them, making them comfortable. I don’t see these being a great option for all-day walking for travel or a theme park simply because the insole isn’t super padded. But if you’re just looking for an everyday classic sneaker, these are a great option.
Sneakers (9 – true to size)
The Shoreline aren’t a new sneaker to me. I’ve owned these for about a year now, and they are probably my most-worn sneaker currently! I also own the Converse Chuck Taylor, which I’ll share next, but I prefer these!
Unlike the Chuck Taylor, the Shoreline doesn’t lace all the way up the foot. Instead it stops an inch or so shorter with fixed laces. The back is also elastic, making them perfect to just slip on and off. For a mom on the go, having the ability to just slip them on is a game-changer.
The main reason I wanted to try new sneakers though is that these are not great for all-day wear. On the days when I have worn them out for a long day of walking, I’ve found that my feet hurt by the end of the day. The soles are flexible, but there is just no support in the insole. They’re not meant for a full day of walking.
Sneakers (8.5 – true to size)
Since I shared the Shoreline, I had to show my classic Converse Chuck Taylor low tops! Y’all, you’re going to have to ignore the color and general dirtiness of these. I’ve owned mine for so many years, and since I got the Shoreline, these have become the shoes I wear for being outside in the dirt with my kids. 😂
Really the only difference between these and the Shoreline is the how far these lace up. They also have the standard non-elasticized back. Comfort-wise, they feel exactly the same as the Shoreline. They are a classic, and I love them but not for a full day of walking.
Sneakers (9 – run slightly big)
Ok, now that we’ve talked about each shoe individually let’s break it down! Here are my favorites by category!
Most Comfortable White Sneaker
It’s a tie! I couldn’t decide between the Madewell Sidewalk Sneaker and the Treton Nylite Plus. They are both crazy comfortable, y’all! But there are some differences of note! If you’re looking for a leather sneaker, I’d 100% recommend the Madewell sneaker! If you prefer a canvas, the Tretorn is your shoe! Also, if having a super lightweight shoe is most important to you, again the Tretorn wins!
Most Affordable Pick
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, again I can’t recommend the Madewell Sidewalk Sneaker enough! They are one of the most affordable, just $5 more than the Converse options. And they’re leather! I truly cannot believe the value for such a great, comfortable sneaker.
My runner-up option would have to be the Converse Shoreline, simply because I wear them constantly! Again, I just wouldn’t recommend them for a full day of walking or travel! But they’re my go-to run around sneaker.
All-around Best White Sneakers
I think my top pick is going to be pretty clear: the Madewell Sidewalk. I know. But the quality, comfort and price is just an all-around win. I couldn’t not name them the best white sneakers!!
But, style-wise my top picks are the VEJA V-10 and the Reebok Club C 85. I’m still chewing on which I’m going to keep myself. I can’t get over how much I love the look V-10! I’d just have to commit to breaking them in! The Reebok Club C 85 are comfortable straight out of the box!
Which was your favorite pick from my best white sneakers of 2020 round-up?!
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