These white sneakers go with almost any outfit, from street style to formal events. As always, the ones selected for this list are picked for their timeless design, minimal aesthetic and where possible, no visible or obvious branding. After doing countless hours of research, the famous Common Projects Achilles Low came up as the best pick. It is such an unbeatable choice, that this list might as well be called the Common Projects Achilles Low Alternatives List.
Frankly, premium leather and under $100 just do not go with one another. But there are a few choices if you are hard up for that bit of premium flex.
Handcrafted from hand-selected hides, it’s hard to imagine how they can sell this for for so low when it is made so well.
The classic and iconic silhouette is upgraded with premium leather. This is the lowest cost shoe of the list that will help you get the look without breaking the bank.
Honestly, not many of us can afford to thrash $400 shoes daily. These are wallet-friendlier options so that you won’t have to care about dirtying those beauties or having to stock up on unnecessary amount of Jason Markk.
With a more premium leather than the bench grade version, Kent Wang, the purveyor of all things classic and chic is a strong contender with this budget-friendly, minimalist sneaker. It got even cleaner with this pure white version, compared to the previous which was off-white (now renamed to ivory). Taking cues from the simpler times in the 60s to 70s, Kent Wang takes a step away from modern, excessively-sporty sneakers plastered with logos to something more classic and timeless.
Like all their other products, this sophisticated sneaker from Frank and Oak is as simple as it can get. With Italian upper and calfskin lining, this sneaker brings great value at $129. Modern and versatile style infused into a classic streamlined design, the Park wears beyond time and place.
These are a sleek option using using durable rubber soles, vachetta leather lining, high SPI and uppers made from full grain Argentinian leather. These sneakers are designed with style in mind and are versatile enough to wear with everything from sharp tailoring to your favorite pair of jeans.
Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers are handmade from smooth Italian calf leather in white and a matching rubber cup-sole. The minimalist silhouette features a slightly higher heel and is equipped with cushioned footbed and arch support for maximum comfort.
The gold-tone stamp is almost a wee bit to close to our top pick in terms of mimicking the design, this clean-looking handmade sneaker has a slightly higher heel and small details like the thin stitching across the side that differentiate from the others.
$250 and Beyond
If you want a real leather sneaker, this is the adequate price range you should be looking at for premium leather, flawless craftsmanship and the undeniable cool factor.
The lowest priced sneaker within this range, the court class low is a well-built premium sneaker with durable rubber Vibram soles.
Erik Schedin white leather sneaker (love that no-frills naming scheme) is made in Italy from 100% calf leather. The inner lining is detailed with perforated leather and like most other sneakers here, no logos or label for the understated cool factor.
This was almost our top pick, but just trailing slightly in street cred. But aesthetically-speaking the Adrian Whites look more minimal with no external branding and high quality with thicker leather.
The one sneaker that started the entire thing. Simple to the very core and minimal down to the very last detail. Many Common Projects aficionados swear by the brand despite the hefty price tag. While the iconic serial numbers technically makes it less minimal, you get crazy street cred for donning the godfather of minimalist white leather sneakers.
These are a few options that didn’t quite make it into our list because they possess details that don’t make them quite as minimalist as they have to be. But we will list them for those who could be interested.
- Greats The Royale
- Cinque Court Leather White
- Eytys Doja Leather Sneaker
- Zespa ZSP4 APLA Sneaker
- Common Projects Retro Low Boxed Leather