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How To: Wear White Sneakers

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I remember being self-conscious about brand new sneakers as a kid.?In high school, my sneaker of choice was any shade of pink with an equally?vibrant shoelace, which eventually sparked a feud with?my principal. The uniform policy of our small private school required “white-based tennis shoes with limited accent color.” This minor offense was the closest I ever came to being sent to the?principal’s?office; consequently,?my father hid my bright?laces and replaced them with his own neutral pair. I was fighting the man one pink sneaker at a time.?

I doubt it was their intention, but my high school’s?administration was ahead of the curve. I graduated high school around the inception?of normcore, a trend that encourages the ill-fitting and generally unattractive. This conscious decision to avoid trends became an exercise in fashion irony, as the style became a trend in itself and has steadily gained traction. So when I bought my first pair of white sneakers in 2013?(a starchy pair of Air Force 1s from the Nike Outlet in Round Rock), I hopped on the normcore bandwagon and haven’t looked back.

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Of course, you don’t have to look like Jerry Seinfeld to rock white sneakers. Normcore is just one style that embraces these classic shoes. Like a black pump or a leather sandal, they are a closet staple.

The only rule? Keep them clean. It’s not an easy feat in a city like Austin where a brush with bar-tar is inevitable, but it’s easy to throw them in the washing machine. Also, Drake knew what he was talking about when he mentioned scrubbing his Jordans with a toothbrush. (I recommend this technique, however it felt sufficiently?less gangster?than he makes it sound. I digress.)

Check out a few of our?favorite ways to rock “The White Shoes.”


Click the images below to shop local white sneakers!

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Nike Blazer Lux Premium QS | Nice Kicks ($110)

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Converse Jack Purcell Signature Converse I By George ($95)

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Achilles Low by Woman by Common Projects I Kick Pleat ($394)

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Tom’s Natural Canvas Classics I Tom’s ($48)