(SPOT.ph) What exactly were we doing with our lives before the re-emergence of the white sneaker in the mid-2010s? Picking out different colored shoes to go with our different colored outfits? Opting for uncomfy pairs to wear on the daily? Yikes. The trend owes a huge debt to Adidas’ re-release of the '70s-era Stan Smith sneaker, which kickstarted the craze in 2014. Since then, the white sneaker has become the closet staple of the decade, molding itself into every style from boho to streetwear. And who could complain? Not only do they go with literally everything (even wedding dresses), but they can be budget-friendly, too.
Here are 10 white sneakers you can shop for less than P3,000:
SuperLight White Sneakers (P2,500) from Straightforward
If you think you can’t have variety when shopping for white sneakers, local brand Straightforward is here to prove you wrong. Their sleek pairs come in a predominantly white shade with an itty-bitty color accent on the heel that’s sure to make your kicks stand out from the rest. You can choose between maroon, navy, gray, and more—or collect them all, we won’t judge!
Walk Support Water Repellent Sneakers (P1,650) from MUJI
Who says you can’t wear white sneakers when it’s raining out? MUJI’s got a pair of water-repellent kicks perfect for the stormy season. If you love the Japanese lifestyle store’s minimalist-chic aesthetic, you’ll love this pair. Best part? They won’t even cost you two blue bills.
See a list of MUJI branches.
Champion Core Canvas (P2,795) from Keds
Keds’ dainty pairs prove you can wear sneakers with anything—even delicate pieces like sun dresses or rompers. You’ll love this simple, lightweight oxford for everyday wear. If you’re feeling extra lazy, you can also cop the lace-free version of the shoe for the same price.
See a list of Keds branches.
Chuck Taylor Core Low Top Sneakers (P2,790) from Converse
Converse’s skater-style Chuck Taylors are a must-have if you’re collecting famous sneaker silhouettes. Did you know that its signature stitched upper and white toe cap design has been the same since the 1920s? The shoe’s white exterior and red accents give any look a preppy, vintage feel.
2750 Cotu Classic White (P2,450) from Superga
Superga’s Cotu sneakers have a sleek, tennis shoe-style shape that gives them a retro sportswear vibe. The breathable material and rubber outsole make them great for walking. They come in a wide range of colors in case you’d like to collect more pairs of the timeless silhouette. Fun fact: Even the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton owns a pair!
See a list of Superga branches.
Shooter Low (P2,395) from Pony
Though its minimalist design would have you believe otherwise, Pony’s Shooter Low sneakers were actually used as basketball shoes in the '70s. The brand’s signature V-shaped logo on the shoe’s outer back portion gives them a distinctly preppy-but-street look.
See a list of Pony branches.
Trainers (P1,190) from H&M
These kicks from H&M has details made from imitation leather, so you get the style and sleekness of the real thing without the hefty cost or high maintenance. The silhouette is just the right middle ground between chunky and dainty so you can pair them with a variety of outfits.
See a list of H&M branches.
Court Royal AC Slip (P2,895) from Nike
For days when you just can’t bother with tying shoelaces, slip-on sneakers will be your best friend. Slip into these Nike kicks anytime you’re rushing out the door. Apart from the simple, all-white design that goes with pretty much anything, the non-bulky shape is great to pack when you’re traveling since it won’t take up too much space in your case. Plus, the lightweight cushioning and ankle padding promise a comfy walk all day.
Available at Urban Athletics.
Track Sole Trainers (P2,695) from Pull&Bear
If you’re into chunky sneakers, you can rock the trend without breaking the bank thanks to this pair from Pull&Bear, which features thick, ridged soles ala '90s hip hop. Pair with track pants to up the ante or contrast the pair against a dainty dress.
See a list of Pull&Bear branches.
Authentic (P2,998) from Vans
Keep your look sleek and simple with these white trainers from Vans. The low top design will look flattering paired with cut-off jeans to show off your ankles. You can also wear the stark white pair with some funky socks for a cool-but-quirky look.