The White Canvas Sneaker: Primer Approved

white canvas shoes

There’s no other casual shoe as versatile as the white canvas sneaker. Perfect for spring and summer, but a great look all year round, white canvas sneakers are stylish, comfortable, and appropriate for all casual venues. 


The white canvas sneaker is in the same family as the boat shoe. These shoes are both casual and refined, classic and contemporary, they look great with jeans, chinos, or corduroy.

My favorite look is to pair them with the darkest straight leg blue jeans I can find. Throw that together with a check or gingham button down, and you’ve got yourself a very clean look. Done right you can knock the socks off other guys wearing boots or dress shoes with their jeans.

Lands end white sneakers

There are hundreds of options to choose from. Almost every casual shoe maker has their version, and the low top Converse Chuck Taylor or Keds are a great place to start.

I picked mine up from Lands’ End Canvas (pictured here) a few months ago for $15 when they were having a big sale.

It isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money on a great looking pair of white canvas sneakers. Just keep your eyes out, you can easily find some for less than $30.

If you’re looking for a way to make your shoes look even better, consider swapping the athletic laces out for some leather laces.

Not a sandal or flip flop man? (We don’t blame you.) Just like the boat shoe, white canvas sneakers look great in the warmer months with pants or sockless with shorts.

»Update: Looks like the Lands' End pair that I got on sale aren't available online anymore. They've been replaced with a similar option.

canvas sneakers look great with jeans or chinos 

Sweater and Jeans by Gap | Thermal Henley by Old Navy, Vintage Khakis by Gap

Vans LPECirca crip
Ked archer lowConverse Jack Purcell

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.