A lack of bold colors or contrasting patterns means that a white shoe needs to succeed on its merits – like the material, construction, and even an old-school charm (think backpacks). For example, if you want something with some color, there are plenty of options available for purchase at stores near you now but one cannot deny the significance of just having a plain white sneaker in their wardrobe too!
After all of this, we still do not find a need for white running shoes. Even if white athletic sneakers are easy to find, they are just as difficult to clean.
Unlike a sneaker which is typically made of either leather or canvas, a running shoe is made up of various layers such as synthetics, rubber outsole, and cushioned midsoles.
A creased foam midsole is much harder to clean than either the rubber cup sole of an Adidas Stan Smith or Vans Authentic. The white mesh upper also attracts dirt easily.
Yet there’s still one other reason why brands shy away from this color trend – though the low demand might play a small part, the truth is that it can be quite difficult to manufacture these all-white running shoes correctly.
To be accurate, achieving an exact color match for white components is a herculean task. Attempting to cover all aspects of the product – from fabric, to foam, to rubber – proved difficult.
For instance, the mesh could be a brilliant white and yet the rubber outsole would typically have a dull or matte finish. Here, you can see ON Cloud 5 is an excellent example of this – where there are parts of mesh and synthetic material but also foam and rubber. Unfortunately not all parts of the materials are made from white fabrics so they do not match up perfectly together but it is still noticeable enough where you’ll know when you see it in person.
But all hope is not lost; there are many styles of white running shoes out in the market. There’s even a trail running shoe in here- the Salomon XT6!
1. All white ON Cloud 5
It turns out, positioning is all it takes to change everything. ON became a lifestyle sneaker brand overnight- they’re everywhere now. It’s unbelievable because there isn’t much difference in style or design but these shoes are immensely popular among the upwardly mobile class thanks to their sleek aesthetic and versatility.
Thus, it is only fitting that ON also sells an all-white version of their Cloud model. The Cloud 5 uses a breathable mesh exterior coupled with soft synthetic overlays for a comfortable and secure fit.
One of ON’s most eye-catching features is its sole outfitted with foam pillars. When compression is applied, these compressed blocks result in a unique ride quality. Rubber lugs ensure longevity where they’ve been used for higher wear and tear such as the heel or toe.
2. All white New Balance Fresh Foam 1080V12
Our favorite sailboat has been given a new coat of paint, or so it would seem. Cream seems like the perfect name for this hue, since it’s not exactly white but rather lighter than we’re used to seeing.
The reason we chose the New Balance 1080 V12 for its durability is because of its very liveable midsole created out of Fresh Foam X – an upgraded version of New Balance’s EVA-foam.
This shoe has extra cushioning for long runs, and the articulated blown rubber outsole provides a smooth transition.
The 1080 has a soft upper which feels great when you put them on. It also stretches, so it can fit many different shapes of feet – even ones who don’t usually find shoes to be comfortable!
3. All white Nike Revolution 6 Next Nature
If you’re looking for the perfect blend of comfort and affordability, check out the Nike Revolution 6 Next Nature. At only $65 bucks, this shoe will make your feet very happy while still being able to run long distances.
Designed for style and comfort, the shoe has an all-day cushion provided by its foam midsole. It takes inspiration from Nike’s other premium sneakers such as the Invincible Run.
For instance, when we look at the rear-midsole, its wide flare enhances ride comfort – just like how Invendish Run would do.
The rubber sole of the shoe is hard yet flexible enough to provide traction on various surfaces while at the same time allowing it to bend with the soft padding inside. The open window makes it feel softer than ever because it can move closer or farther away from you depending on how much pressure you put on each step.
Though the Revolution 6’s sleeve-less upper doesn’t have much detail, it does what it needs to do. The padded top provides a secure and comfortable fit without sacrificing comfort for stability and support, while also providing roomy width options for runners with wider feet.
4. All white adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA
This modern variation of the original adidas Ultraboost is also sold in a creamy, off-white color. Unlike its clean counterpart, this shirt has gone dirty – all thanks to being left out in the sun for too many days.
Underneath the simple white exterior of this car lies an engine that offers the same power and traction you would expect from any other vehicle.
A Boost midsole is sought-after for its plush and cushioned comfort, which seems to contradict the snug elastic Primeknit upper that hugs your feet just right. While some may disagree with the plastic material used in this area of the shoe, it can’t be argued that this area gives you a secure grip no matter where you are wearing them.
5. All white On Cloud Nova
Think of the Cloud Nova as ON’s version of the Adidas Ultraboost. Simply put, this particular model has everything you would expect from an ON Cloud runner plus one little extra something.
Here, the midsole is taller and more stable due to the raised sidewall and the stiff Speedboard above it.
The Cloud Nova has an athleisure design and features decorative straps on the forefoot and heel.
If we call the Adidas Ultraboost and Nike Invincible running shoes, then what else could we call these adidas Cloud Nova? The hollowed out EVA midsoles are perfect for everyday comfort – even if you’re just walking around.
6. All white adidas Ultraboost 22
The mismatched colors present on the UltraBoost 22 are very conspicuous. There is a stark contrast between the upper knit which appears white, and the other parts such as the Boost midsole and Continental rubber outsoles which appear off-white or tan in hue.
However, this is difficult to tell from afar. As most people will notice, they’ll only see a white-on-white sneaker on the feet. We also recommend reading our detailed review of the Ultraboost 22 – it’s one heavy shoe that provides cushioning for stability and comfort for days!
The elastic Primeknit upper is available only in one width, but the elastic mesh stretches to fit different types of feet.
7. All white Salomon XT6
There are bright accents around the tongue and silver markings on the top, but we’ll give this one a pass. The sole reason for that is because it’s the only outdoor shoe in a visual scheme where most pieces are predominantly white.
Recently, the Salomon XT6 has become a staple of fashion; people are more likely to find them at high-end clothing stores than in your local running shop.
The Contragrip outsole of the Salomon trail runner helps it stay sturdy on an off-road path; while the TPU frame provides optimal stability for increased cushioning in rugged conditions. Comfort is further enhanced with Ortholite footbeds for breathable comfort just below your feet.
Salomon’s signature lace system is both convenient and innovative. A tight elasticized band holds the two ends together, which are then tucked away neatly in an elastic sheath called the ‘lace garage’ on top of your shoe’s tongue. As you can see from this guide published at the time, there are currently not many pairs left in stock due to popular demand.