The Quest to find the Perfect Basic White Trainers

It took me months of searching and a new pair of laces to find and create my ultimate pair of basic white trainers. I bought this pair from Zara in the sales last summer, but always knew that they wouldn’t last very long – they have been worn to death and so despite being almost exactly what I wanted the search wasn’t really over. Zara no longer sell these shoes and so the search is on once again for my perfect pair – the question is what makes the perfect pair of white kicks?

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that I am quite picky – highly selective – about just about everything and so of course I have a list of criteria that my new shoes have to fit. I mean in an ideal world I would have these from Common Projects, but for now we will satisfy the want by finding a perfect dupe. So, what’s on the list?

  • White, white and more white. Everything about the shoe needs to be pure white – as these once were! The stitching, the laces, the sole, everything.
  • A round toe, and properly round!
  • A chunky sole, but not to the extent that it becomes a flatform. I just don’t want to feel the stones on the ground I’m walking on. We all need a bit of comfort.
  • If there’s branding, it needs to be subtle and not the main focus.
  • We don’t want any cutouts or patterns, a smooth simple design is what I am after. We love a whacky shoe, but just not on this occasion.
  • The price point needs to be fairly low, but not so low that the source of the product becomes questionable. I never want to pay too much for white shoes because they often don’t last too well – it would also be lovely to support an independent brand perhaps.

A couple of possibles | Superga | Novesta | Spring Court | JAK

The hunt continues for a replacement for my currently most worn shoes, that go with just about everything. Do you know where I could find some? If so let me know down below? Are you as fussy with your footwear as I am?

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