I’ve written diatribes in the past against wearing white sneakers, but now I have to eat my words, because I rocked Allbirds’ white wool runners all over the streets of New York City and Switzerland on recent trips. Made from a breathable Merino wool (I wore them on 80-degree days and they didn’t make me hot), these unisex shoes are designed to be worn without socks and look miles different from a regular white workout shoe. The shoe is lightweight and fairly crushable, so they pack easily—plus, they are machine-washable, which is a huge bonus when you’re wearing white. I can’t overstate how comfortable these are right out of the box—and I think they are pretty stylish for a sneaker.
Aldo Perine Slip-Ons
Aldo’s Perine Slip-Ons work with dresses and pants for either a dressy or casual look, but still pull their weight in the comfort department, making them ideal shoes to wear in Europe. These cool embossed faux leather plimsolls have a foam sole and ultra-cushioned liner that help absorb shock and prevent leg and foot fatigue, even on hard surfaces.