The All-White Adidas You Need That Aren’t Stan Smiths
Stan Smiths have been around since the 1960s, but in 2012, adidas pulled the style off of shelves to monitor the market, then re-released it at the cusp of a new clean-shoe trend. The Stan Smith quickly became so ubiquitous in menswear and beyond, that Footwear News named it the 2014 Shoe of the Year. The classic adidas Superstar grew in popularity along with the Stans, and in 2015 the brand sold more than 15 million pairs. After so much market saturation, the sneakers slowed in sales by the end of the 2010s, but that doesn’t mean you should take “My adidas” off your playlist.
Enter these four sick all-white kicks: The styles range in inspiration from retro ’80s aesthetics to far-east motifs, but they all have the clean lines and sturdy soles that are unquestionably adidas. Here are the four all-white sneakers you need for this new decade and beyond.
White Pro Model ’80s Sneakers
You may already know the adidas Pro Model. The style is a mid-cut version of the Superstar, complete with an all-leather build and rubber shell toe. To take the retro ’80s look into the 2020s, the brand collaborated with Los Angeles streetwear label 424. The result is cleaner and sleeker than the original clunky profile.
This classic high-top is made from chalk-white leather with minimal branding. There’s a subtle 424 stamped into a flash of red leather on the heel (the brand’s signature) and, of course, the quintessential three stripes. Wear with jeans or slim-cut joggers as an everyday staple.
Ivory Nizza Hi RF Sneakers
The Nizza style takes it back. Inspired by ’70s basketball shoes (think Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), the high-top silhouette has a sturdy canvas upper and a signature rubber toe bumper. The off-white hue will take on a patina over time that only adds to its appeal.
Y-3 Ivory Yuben Mid Sneakers
The Y-3 line has been dropping sick styles since 2003. The Y is for Tokyo designer Yohji Yamamoto, and the 3 represents adidas trio of stripes. Together, the iconic collab is known for its avant-garde Japanese design and instantly recognizable silhouettes.
The Yuben Mid offers a minimalistic take on the aesthetic, featuring a basic design inspired by a classic basketball sneaker. Take note of the subtle details like a flat rubber sole, rear pull-tab, and lace-up front fastening.
White and Red SC Premier Sneakers
Part of another collab with 424, the streetwear brand made simple switches to elevate this classic, casual style. Note the signature red 424 logo tab on the tongue, and a subtle trefoil stamp on the heel. Other features include a premium leather upper, reinforced leather eyestay, and a 424 engraved rubber midsole.
White OAMC Type O-2 Sneakers
Paris designer OAMC promotes harmony between modern aesthetics and innovative techniques. That’s exactly what it brings to the table for a collab with adidas (first released in 2019). This latest release reimagines the Type O-2 in a tonal white colorway that emphasizes the silhouette’s distinct features: a ribbed stacked rubber sole, front lace-up fastening, and a logo-embossed padded tongue.
Ready to retire your Superstars and Stan Smiths? After a good decade of popularity, we don’t blame you. Which one of these classic white kicks will be crowned king of the 2020s? That’s up to you to decide.