How To Wear White Trainers

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The best trainers for 2017, the classic white trainer is back and it’s better than ever before. If there is one wardrobe staple you should buy this season, make it this one.  

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The classic white trainer is one of the best men’s shoes, surpasses trends and only grows in popularity and style. A staple in many men’s wardrobes, the white trainer has the ability to be teamed with a plethora of looks and styles. With so many styles and variations of the classic white trainer available, you’ll struggle to no find a pair that suits you and your style. Whether you want to dress them down for a casual look or smarten them up for a casual look, the classic white trainer will work with you no matter the occasion or time of year.

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White Trainers with Chinos

There can’t be a much more iconic look than crisp tan chinos and clean white sneakers for men. It’s a look that has been passed down the generations since the 1940s when white tennis shoes began to be used for… well, things that weren’t tennis, and it was made hugely popular by Steve McQueen for one. This is a classically preppy look that lends itself well to most occasions.

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Dark Denim with White Trainers

If you prefer the dark side, your white sneakers can look just as good with dark denim as well as the lighter side of life (and by life, we mean clothing – it is that important). Keep everything smart, neat and tidy and pair with a light, plain tee for the ultimate in both fashion and comfort. Those formal shoes can take a hike; it’s trainer time now.

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Minimal & Modern

Despite how long they’ve been around, white tennis shoes can, if worn and used correctly, still manage to look hip, young and modern. And nothing proves that point more clearly than when they are paired with a smart casual outfit in a contrasting colour such as grey wool trousers. The design of the white trainer may be minimal, but the impact when used in the right way never is.

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White Trainers with Shorts

A pair of classic white trainers combined with a tracksuit or lounge pants may not sound that appealing – surely this is the domain of the slightly scary block with the look of the ASBO about him? You know, the one who sits by the shops and drinks WKD all day. But no. This is not his look. Because he hasn’t paired his white fashion sneakers with the most up to the minute looks in casual loungewear, has he? No. But you can, and the contrast between the pair of you couldn’t be more pronounced.

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Casual White Trainer Outfits

White trainers marry perfectly with a casual ensemble. Try wearing a pair of black jeans with a plain white T-shirt and lightweight jacket over the top. Great for a spring-inspired look, these white Jack Purcell trainers offer that simplicity and ease-of-wear.

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White Trainers with a Suit

The best white trainers can even be worn with a suit and not look out of place. It’s true. And your feet will thank you for it too. Have you got the confidence to wear your cool white trainers with a three piece? A wedding, work, a job interview… Sneakers are more than appropriate. Don’t worry about it, just enjoy being different and fashionable (and comfortable – it’s a definitely added bonus).

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White Trainers in Winter

All right, even we can’t promise that the sun will shine all year round (if you live in the UK), but we can promise that no matter what the weather a pair of classic white tennis shoes will be suitable attire. Men’s white shoes like these look totally stellar when paired with a long winter’s coat; it turns out that David Tenant’s Doctor Who knew a thing or two about fashion as well as time travel. Perhaps he visited winter 2016 while he was flying about in his TARDIS?

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Casual White Trainers Outfit

No matter how cool and classic denim and white trainers look, there is something a little bit more… edgy… a bit more… dangerous… about a man in leather. A leather jacket over the top of any outfit, plus white tennis shoes on your feet and you’re ready to strut your stuff in town and country. And everywhere in between. A pair of black jeans with white shoes breaks up the outfit nicely, without being too overboard and out there.

So those are the looks that will see you through an entire trainer wearing year – and beyond. But which style icons are really taking this idea to the next level and showing us all how it should be done?

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David Beckham White Trainers

Considering how Mr Beckham started his career, it’s perhaps not surprising that he likes to wear trainers. But remember that he is a style icon, one of the most famous men in the world when it comes to what to wear when. And if he thinks rocking the classic white sneaker look is a good idea, who are we to argue?

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Ryan Reynolds White Trainers

The ultra cool Deadpool star has always had an eye for the most fashionable attire, and he wears it all without making it look like a chore. His choice to wear classic white trainers with pretty much anything is a good one, and it’s practical too – he’s going to be running about after two little ones soon enough and he’ll need shoes like these to do it in!

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How to Clean White Trainers

Once you’ve found the perfect pair of men’s classic white trainers, you will want to look after them. Wearing them so often and with so many different outfits will mean that they get grubby pretty quickly. When that happens, the effortless chic look you’ve been rocking becomes more like the couldn’t be bothered to make an effort – and that’s not what we’re after.

The best way to keep your tennis shoes looking their best is to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. A good old covering with a leather or canvas protection spray is a great way to keep the dirt at a distance. Keep the process up every few weeks or so otherwise it will wear off (and probably at the worst moment possible).

If they do suffer from a bit of grime, don’t panic. They’re (probably) not done for. Make sure you wipe off the mark as soon as you can to prevent it from staining – once the muck has penetrated the material there isn’t too much that can be done. Every time you take those trainers off check them over for dirt, cleaning as you go.

How to Wear White Trainers

Their versatility speaks for themselves. With the ability to work with any outfit you can throw at them, the humble white trainer is the perfect wardrobe essential no matter what the season. Worn with a casual or formal look, a pair of white trainers will work.

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On That Note

White trainers are the perfect wardrobe essential that every man needs to have in their wardrobe arsenal. Their versatility speaks for themselves as they will be able to work with any outfit, no matter what the season, you can throw at them. Worn casually with a pair of jeans and a simple T-shirt or smartened up with a sharp suit, the white trainer is definitely here to stay.