First days of school were always one of the most polarising days of the year for me. After a long break away from the constricting rules of the educational system, you tend to dread the thought of heading back to school.
Sure, it’s great to see your mates and catch up on all the things you went through during the lull but then you remember that silent competition that everyone has amongst themselves: the new haircut you copied from the latest Korean trend, the new backpack you bought after scouring the streets of Orchard, or the latest kicks you got to impress your friends (and soon realised they’re the subject of stomps or kicks).
Here’s a list we’ve curated to get you ready for this unspoken contest:
Released on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, the Nike Flyknit comes back in an all-white colorway that celebrates the achievements of women. The sleek silhouette coupled with almost camouflaged branding throughout the shoe makes it a great low-key pair of sneakers.
Extra points for being an actual running shoe so you’d have no problem running that 2.4 during NAPFA test days.
Price: S$215 | Buy them here
Superga has been making these classic sneakers for over a hundred years so you must know that they have an undeniably good recipe for making shoes. The 2750 Cotu Classic in all-white is perfect for guys that want to keep it casually stylish. A white upper with the vulcanized rubber of the shoe ensures you can keep wearing this timeless classic even outside school hours.
Although I wouldn’t attempt any strenuous activities (technology has come a long way since 1925), they wouldn’t do a bad job for some light games of tennis and badminton.
Price: S$69.90 | Buy them here
The Adidas Stan Smith has had a recent resurgence in prominence over the years and for good reason. The extremely clean silhouette compliments any outfit with ease. This leather outfit only gets better with time as with many other leather products.
With shoes these clean, the cleaning aunties and uncles of your school would welcome the sight outside their usual dust and grime.
Price: S$199 | Buy them here
Ah yes, the Vans Old Skool Skate Shoes. Canvas upper with rubber sole and unmistakable stripe down the sides. This model has had so many appearances in many stories in our culture throughout the years. Designed for skateboarding, these sneakers have come a long way from street to the feet of musicians, models and celebrities alike. The best part of any pair of Vans
The best part of any pair of Vans is their longevity. These shoes would probably survive even the craziest adventures you could have during your school years.
Price: S$129.59 | Buy them here
The Prestos always had a soft spot in my heart. They were originally released in 2000 with 13 colorways with each having a nickname tagged to them as part of their marketing campaign. Nike’s attempt of changing the game, having the user control the shoe instead of vice versa.
With a form fitting upper, made out of a breathable mesh, and an additional side lace cage for a more additional lockdown, they were marketed as a ‘T-Shirt’ for your feet. They even went away with traditional numeric sizing and opted for a sizing system similar to clothing with sizes ranging from XXXS – XXXL!
Price: S$157.15 | Buy them here
Boost is all the rage these days and for good reason. The technology on these things are revolutionary and opened a whole new world of comfort for footwear around the world. Adidas has started putting boost on everything in response to the demand for more boosted shoes and these NMD_R2s are one of the many new models.
With changes to its predecessor, the NMD R1, the NMD R2’s makes do with the blocks on the sides of the shoe and instead show off a more streamlined shape with the stripes now indented into the boost instead. A tongue system is introduced probably to give the user a little more spacey feeling on the front foot instead of the sock-like feeling of its previous iteration.
If you’ve never owned a pair with boost before, there’s no better time. It’s here to stay and once you’ve tried them on, you’d never want to wear any other pair of shoes ever. They’re that comfy.
Price: S$309 | Buy them here
The Gel Lyte III was a familiar silhouette during the recent runners’ revival spearheaded by the Flyknits in recent years. A creation as old as myself, it features its signature split tongue and three tiered cushioning system. With almost a cult like following in Europe, it’s influence has made waves all the from Japan.
A chunky but sturdy shoe, it would serve you for a long time and you it’s creator even encourages customization! Grab some paint and you’d get a new shoe for your next phase in life.
Price: S$95 | Buy them here
The Nike Air Max’s have a long history in almost all of sneaker culture, with music referencing this iconic silhouette in the early 90’s they were the shoe of choice for the 15-year-old me. I was running shoes down to the ground in my secondary school days and they were quite a hefty investment back in the day but considering all the other shoes I cycled through, I knew I was getting the bang for my buck.
With a separated front and back midsole, it allowed for greater range of performance without compromising on the aggressive look it intended for.
Price: S$165.84 | Buy them here
Adidas’s newest boost model, it takes inspiration from the 70’s running culture whilst combining modern technology and a trendier look. The Iniki is one of the cheaper boost models but with this amount of boost jam packed into the midsole, you’d get so much comfort for the price.
Suede touches peppered around the shoe and nostalgic features of other similar trefoil offerings, this number won’t look out of place alongside other Adidas silhouettes.
Price: S$192 | Buy them here
The Ultraboost; the one shoe that changed the game. Combining unparalleled comfort with a sleek and modern look, it quickly became everyone’s shoe of choice. People used to say that they were walking on clouds but not until the release of the Ultraboost were those claims true.
The primeknit upper hugs your foot, the side cage carefully holds your foot whilst you stand on top of a bed of boost. This ground-breaking shoe is perfect for the streets as well. A truly well-rounded shoe and nothing is coming close to its perfection anytime soon.
Price: S$245 | Buy them here
A controversial design that aimed to rewrite the design aesthetic of running shoe. The Instapump Fury utilizes a pump system unique to Reebok.
This technology was originally used for ski boots as a securing system but made its way onto a running shoe when Reebok was looking to marry both casual and serious running enthusiasts. You can be assured of the quality of these sneakers since there originally intended to be produced like a tailor working on a bespoke suit.
You can be assured of the quality of these sneakers since they originally intended to be produced like a tailor working on a bespoke suit.
Price: S$211 | Buy them here
A relatively unknown brand makes it just in time at the twelfth position. The Scandinavian brand hand crafts their shoes with a minimal style much akin to European fashion as a whole — simple, clean and extremely stylish.
The Cap-Toe Sneaker looks a lot like the Achillies model from Common Projects but for a fraction of the price. For such a versatile shoe at this price point, I feel like I’m letting a huge secret out of the bag. Get on it before everyone knows about it.
Price: S$293 | Buy them here
So there you have it, 12 of these freshest all-white sneakers available right now to flex on your classmates. A sneaker for every occasion and clique in your school. Be it if you’re part of the cool kids or just a regular kid, you’ll find a fresh pair with the help of this list.
Let us know where you got your favourite white pair of shoes from!
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