Our Favorite White Vans Sneakers to Buy Now

Perhaps we’re not the best sort to speak to the fact that you can never have enough sneakers. After all, this writer probably has too many shoes to begin with (hey, it comes with the territory), but here’s the thing: You really can never have enough of your favorite sneakers, especially the kind that are timeless, iconic, easy to wear and easy to stockpile, pair after pair. The headline gave it away, but we’re here to talk about our favorite white Vans sneakers, that classic staple of any well-dressed guy’s wardrobe. White Vans shoes, simply put are some of the best on the market. Black Vans of course, are great in their own way, but for spring and summer, white Vans shoes are the way to go.

Vans sneakers are practically without comparison as far as price, quality and iconic looks are concerned, but we’ll offer ourselves up for the duty of introducing the brand again anyways. Much like, say, Converse sneakers, Vans sneakers have been a time-tested, stone-cold style icon for years upon years. Especially white Vans sneakers, like the pair you had in high school that’d you’d run into the ground every summer dashing around town and perhaps even sticking a few skateboard tricks. Beyond that, white Vans sneakers, of which there are plentiful varieties, go with nearly everything casual and cool in your wardrobe.

Tan chino shorts and a chambray shirt? Throw on any white pair of Vans sneakers you please. Light wash jeans and a trusty white T-shirt? Go on, wear your Vans sneakers. Olive chinos and a navy polo at the office? Yes, your white Vans slip-ons (more on those in a second) are going to be the proper footwear choice 11 times out of 10 (yes, we said what we said).

Founded in 1966 by Paul Van Doren, Vans sneakers were a California style staple before making their way across the country and eventually, the globe. You likely know what you might call the famed “checkerboard” Vans slip-ons, but in this day and age, we’re advocating you step it up just a bit and get a crisp, fresh pair of white Vans sneakers. And if you’re curious about how to clean white Vans, the answer is pretty simple: They can be spot-cleaned with a Vans canvas shoe care kit, in fact.

What Vans Sneakers Should I Buy?

The choice really is yours, but as with anything, you’ve got to have a clear goal in mind when you set out on your search for white sneakers from Vans. We’re not saying you need to meditate or overthink things, but consider how you’re going to be wearing your new favorite sneakers.

Are they going to be a go-anywhere pair of beater sneakers you can kick off at the beach and then step into back on the boardwalk? Are they going to be worn out and about around town with fresh spring and summer weekend menswear? Are they going to be used to dress down a tan cotton suit with a chambray dress shirt at an outdoor function, Old Fashioned in hand? As to that last point: Trust us when we say it works.

The choice, again, is yours, but if you’re wondering what pair of Vans sneakers to buy, our answer is whatever pair, or pairs, might best fit yourself.

How Should I Wear Vans Sneakers?

We’ve touched on this before, but the best answer when it comes to how to style Vans sneakers might be, however you please. The thing about a classic, affordable pair of Vans sneakers — either in white leather or durable canvas fabric — is that they’re almost the platonic ideal of what a sneaker should be. That goes for whichever pair you buy (and we’ll share ours in just a few), but there aren’t all that many limits on how you can wear Vans sneakers.

We think they look best with casual menswear, from rolled-up dark jeans and a navy pocket tee to olive shorts and a white henley. You should leave them at home when it comes time to dress for a black tie event (you’re unfortunately not Pharrell Williams, and neither are we), but you can wear them with a more casual cotton suit (think lightweight summer fabric, a tailored fit, and a suitably “dressed down” dress shirt — kind of like this).

The bottom line, the most important part, the part you should jot down in your Notes app or in your nearest pocket notebook, is that you can wear Vans with all of your favorite style staples without missing a beat. It starts with finding the right pair of Vans sneakers, and for that, we rounded up our favorite white Vans sneakers in the spirit of doing the hard work for you.

Our Favorite White Vans Sneakers to Buy Now

Vans Skate Slip-Ons

There are a heck of a lot of white Vans sneakers we love, and a heck of a lot to choose from, but if you’re going to go for it and really step into spring and summer the right way, you can’t go wrong with these skate slip-ons. Don’t worry: You don’t need to actually be a skateboarder to wear these, but you’ll certainly look like you know how if you team them with Dickies work pants and, say, a beat-up T-shirt. It’s all about the right look from the ground up, and it all starts with white slip-on Vans.

Vans Authentic Sneakers in True White

If we had to pick out a perfect pair of Vans sneakers, we might be tempted to choose these. And if there were a checklist as far as what to look for in your new favorite pair of sneakers, we’d say these check all the right boxes. Affordably priced? Check. A cool and subtly stylish, simple silhouette? Check. And that fresh white color we said is so critical? Check, check, check. These are an easy purchase, in the best way possible.

Vans Skate Old Skool

Spend enough time shopping around the Vans Web site, and you’ll realize that they mean business when it comes to designing skate sneakers you can actually, you know, skate in. Now, that’s not us, but if that’s your thing, it’s hard to go wrong with the Vans Skate Old Skool. They’re moreso off-white than pure white, but that’s not a bad thing, because a stylish guy needs both options. And of course, if you just want a darn fine pair of affordable kicks to beat up this summer, you can’t top the signature stripe and instantly recognizable design with plenty of grip.

Vans Slip-Ons

Don’t get it twisted now — these aren’t quite the same as the Vans Skate Slip-ons shown above, and that’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, we’d make the argument that you could likely find good use for both pairs, should you choose to add ’em to your sneaker rotation. These are the Vans sneakers to slide into with drawstring sweatshorts (we like Todd Snyder + Champion for those) and a simple pocket tee for easygoing weekend style.

Vans Canvas Sk8-Hi

When we said Vans makes sneakers of every sort and every style, we weren’t kidding. The Vans Sk8-Hi is a cleverly named pair of kicks that’s been around for decades, worn by skaters and budding style aficionados alike. Nowadays, you’ll find us wearing these with light wash jeans and a perfectly faded T-shirt, but however you choose to style them, they’re going to look classic and cool in all the right ways.

Vans Era Sneakers

To know the Vans Era Sneakers as they stand today is to go back in time to 1976 to sunny Santa Monica, where the “cool kids,” literally(skaters known as the Z-Boys), made the Vans Era an icon. It’s one of many iconic styles from Vans, to be sure, and these are every bit as subtly stylish and functional (note the padded collar for comfort) then as now. And if we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: You don’t have to be a skater to pull ’em off.

Vans 12 Oz. Canvas Authentic Sneakers

Vans 12 Oz. Canvas Authentic Sneakers

Allow us to bend our own rules here ever so slightly, because these low-key kicks aren’t quite all-white in nature. That doesn’t mean you should cast them off to the side in your search for the perfect sneakers. In fact, the fact that they’re made of durable 12oz. canvas atop a gum rubber sole is all the more reason to wear them non-stop with your favorite summer style staples.

Vans Rowan Pro Sneakers

Vans Rowan Pro Sneakers

Skateboarder Rowan Zorilla is the namesake behind these durable and utility-minded sneakers, made with the brand’s  SICKSTICK™ gum rubber outsoles and some serious cushioning for all-day comfort. Again, you’re not going to find us down at the skate park just yet wearing these, but for your own purposes (I.E. Navigating city streets or slippery terrain in style), you’ll find them downright useful.

Vans UltraRange EXO

Vans UltraRange EXO

Lest you think Vans is one to rest on its laurels when it comes to footwear innovation, well, guess again. That’s because the Vans UltraRange EXO bolsters things even further as far as comfort is concerned, and that’s great news if you could use some spring in your step (pun intended). We’re talking the UltraCush Lite midsole for comfort and rebound, plus a durable and chunky silhouette that makes these more rugged than your average pair of canvas lace-ups (although a guy needs one of each, at least).

Vans Classic Tumble Old Skool

Vans Classic Tumble Old Skool

You might say the hits keep coming for Vans, which first puts its famed “jazz stripe” design (in the words of founder Paul Van Doren) on these sneakers. They’re as cool as freeform jazz and every bit as sharp as you need, with the kind of old-school cool (pun intended) that looks fresh with mostly anything these days.

Which pair of Vans sneakers is your favorite? How are you styling these classic sneakers?

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Beau Hayhoe
Beau is Brooklyn-based style and lifestyle writer. He covers menswear, gear, spirits, craft beer and music. When not writing, Beau can be found shopping for vinyl or sipping on a Brooklyn beer.