I Found the Perfect Pair of White Sneakers—and They're Meghan Markle-Approved
The search for the perfect white t-shirt or pair of jeans can sometimes feel like a never-ending journey, but our editors are determined to find the best that’s out there. In this bi-weekly franchise, “Hunting For”, we’ll set out to find the perfect closet staple, trying out several different options to find the one that gets our SwearBy seal of approval.
My checklist for the perfect pair of white sneakers is similar to the one I have for the perfect guy: reliable, comfortable, up for anything, and good looking. It’s no easy feat to find shoes (or a person) that checks all of these boxes. But last fall, I accomplished the daunting task—on the sneakers end, that is.
Last Amazon Prime Day, I saw an article calling out a discount on Meghan Markle’s go-to white sneakers: the Reebok Classic Leather Harman Run Shoes. We all know Meghan’s style is impeccable, so my ears perked up immediately—and once I saw the simple kicks the duchess was casually wearing to yoga, I was sold.
The Reebok Classic Leather Harman Run Shoes offered everything I was looking for in a staple pair of white sneakers—durability, versatility, affordability, comfort, and a cross between sleek and sporty style. At just $50, you don’t need a royal budget to afford these high-quality shoes. Better yet, these kicks could not be more comfortable, which is key for me as a New Yorker.
In New York City, where the streets are notoriously dirty, wearing white sneakers is a dangerous game to play. But in the spring and summer, when I walk an average of four miles per day, you can bet I’m opting for sneakers over strappy sandals. The leather fabric of these Reebok sneakers makes them easy to clean after stepping over trash and dog poop-covered sidewalks all day. My pair has maintained its white color over the six months I’ve owned them, with a quick clean every so often keeping them in tip-top shape.
Plus, because these white sneakers are slightly sporty, they’re perfect for running errands in leggings and a T-shirt, but their simplicity also makes them easy to dress up—aka, pairing them with a sundress for brunch. I’ve worn these kicks everywhere from the grocery store to girls’ night out. Hey—maybe I should wear them on my next date as good luck for finding a similarly perfect guy.
Below, shop the Reebok Classic Leather Harman Run Shoes and similar staple white sneakers—all under $100.
Reebok Classic Leather Harman Run Shoes
Because these white sneakers are slightly sporty, they’re perfect for running errands in leggings and a T-shirt, but their simplicity also makes them easy to dress up—aka, pairing them with a sundress for brunch. I’ve worn these kicks everywhere from the grocery store to girls’ night out.
Kenneth Cole Kam Sneaker
A sleek, streamlined platform sneaker perfectly punctuates your street style with a touch of sporty sophistication.
Superga Cotu Sneaker
Casual kicks in an array of terrific colors. The textured contrast sole sets off the low-profile design, and the label and logo-embossed eyelets lend branded appeal.
Adidas Hoops 2.0 Sneakers
Adidas sneakers are as tried and true as Reeboks, and this sporty option is perfect for all-day wear.
Nike Court Royale AC Canvas Shoe
With a camouflaged Nike swoosh, these white sneakers are subtle, sporty-chic, and sure-to-be comfortable as hell.
Madewell Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers
Madewell’s shoes are seriously underrated, and comfy kicks are exhibit A. Pair them with jeans or dresses and you’re good to go.