Imagine yourself walking to the mall in search of a new pair of sneakers, only to be disappointed by the tedious offerings at generic stores. Wake up sneakerheads; the days of clunky shoes are over, and sleek white sneakers are here to stay. This is the beginner’s guide you have been waiting for, and it’s here to help you start your very own grail collection.

  1. Adidas Stan Smith “Soft Tongue”

Not sure whether you want to invest more than $100 in a pair of white sneakers? Worry not; every upscale-hype sneakerhead will tell you that the Stan Smith was the pair that started everything. I’m sure all of you are familiar with this consumer-friendly and extremely versatile iteration of the white sneaker, which comes in three new colorways. The burgundy on white colorway is especially worth mentioning, successfully recalling the revered Common Projects Achilles Retro Low in a similar color, not to mention the uncanny resemblance to the Raf Simons Stan Smith from SS16. Layered with a vintage white sole and gold stamped branding on premium leather, these are an absolute steal at $90.

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  1. Nike X J. Crew Killshot 2

One of the most desired budget white sneakers on the market, the Killshot 2s are here to help you transition from winter to spring. For me, these are the perfect summer beaters to kick around in. Effortlessly fusing vintage white leather, gum sole, tan suede, and a sleek silhouette, the Killshots are ready for any outing from the Hamptons to the south of France. Grab a pair at J. Crew for $90 or pick up a pair from the resell market; the choice is yours.