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The Best White Sneakers for Warmer Weather
White sneakers are an annual signal nicer weather has arrived (or is at least on its way).
White sneakers are a classic spring and summer staple— and for good reason. The colorway is rooted in early 20th-century athletics, and over the years, the practical justification hasn’t changed: white reflects the sun’s rays, keeping your feet cooler than sneakers with darker uppers. Another major plus is their versatility — white sneakers go with most casual clothes, regardless of the color.
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Why White? Won't They Get Ruined?
Sure, white sneakers are more susceptible to staining, but all sneakers deteroriate faster than boots or hard-bottomed dress shoes. It's a matter of construction, and while there are sneakers out there that are as durable as work boots — see: Feit's resoleable rubber runners — the sneakers you're probably buying have a short lifespan if you plan to wear them more than every once in a while (i.e. from two or three times a week to everyday).
White sneakers are supposed to get ruined — or, at the very least, show signs of regular wear. I'm not saying you should be wearing a pair of "cooked" Air Force Ones to work, but you shouldn't stress over scuffs, scrapes or discoloration. Stains — like food drippings, coffee droplets or bolded boot marks from when you stepped into someone else's path — should be treated as soon as possible though.
How to Clean Your White Sneakers
How you clean your white sneakers will depend on what they're made from. If they're leather, a magic eraser and leather cleaner will clear even stuck-on mud and other muck. If they're suede, there are tools designed specifically to treat suede — and always without water. If they're made from fabrics like canvas or mesh), they can be spot-treated and tossed in the washing machine (but ideally in a washable bag so they don't bounce around). Woolen sneakers, say ones from Allbirds, can be thrown in the wash too. But wool is a delicate fabric. It's best to check with the manufacturer to be sure they can withstand a wash cycle.