Because one person's plain is another person's punchy
When it comes to food, there can be a lot of shame in liking plain things. Often, a lacklustre palate is seen as a byword for being boring in general. People flock to plain clothes, shoes and accessories with conviction, however. They spend their lives searching for the perfect plain cashmere jumper. The perfect plain black ankle boots. The perfect plain gold hoop earrings. The perfect plain anything, really. But sometimes plain is both too plain and not plain enough – especially with regards to white trainers. So, to appease every taste level, we’ve made a ranking of the best plain white trainers for women.
COS RUBBER-DETAILED LEATHER SNEAKERS, £89
It is thoroughly unsurprising that the plainest white trainers should be from COS, a maverick of minimalism. These are perhaps so plain that you won’t even realise you’re wearing them.
Swedes know a thing or two about plain perfection, so it’s fitting that the second plainest white trainers in our ranks should come from the aforementioned’s sister brand, Monki. But the platform sole and chunky laces indicate a change of mood.
VANS CLASSIC SLIP ON TRAINERS, £51.99
Technically these are very plain, but the style is unconventional enough to cause a stir. If you want to start skateboarding, however, they will be indispensable.
VEJA V-10 TRAINERS, £115 AT ARKET
It’s the perforation and cream sole that makes these not the plainest of white trainers but, when they’re from superiorly sustainable brand Veja, who cares!
ADIDAS ORIGINALS STAN SMITH SHOES, £75
The Adidas Stan Smith is a legendary trainer. So legendary, perhaps, that no matter how plain a pair can be, it never quite seems that way when you’re in the presence of them.
REEBOK CLUB C 85 TRAINERS, £65
That said, the smoothness of an Adidas Stan Smith makes them a lot plainer than these trainers by Reebok.
PUMA STYLE AVANTI TRAINERS, £110
That sole! That gold lettering! That stitching! These white trainers by Puma really aren’t as plain as they could be, which might be exactly why you love them the most.
NIKE AIR MAX Plus Premium, £144.95
Yes, this is a white trainer, but is it a plain white trainer? Not exactly. And, as with its peers, it’s hard to fully categorise anything by Nike as truly plain.
ROMBAUT RE-CYCLE RACING SNEAKERS, £325 AT FARFETCH
The only plain thing about these ROMBAUT trainers is the fact that they’re entirely white. But even that element of them is so stark that it becomes overwhelming.
GUCCI NEW ACE EMBROIDERED LEATHER TRAINERS, £460 AT SELFRIDGES
To the uninformed eye, these trainers are relatively plain and white. Then, you realise they’re Gucci – and that ‘plain white Gucci trainers’ is somewhat of an oxymoron.