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Shop White Sneakers for Spring that are (Thankfully) Not Stan Smith

2015 saw Adidas Stan Smith trainers reign king of the white sneaker pack. A little history lesson: the first leather sneaker was introduced by Adidas in 1963, while the tennis shoe model “Adidas Robert Haillet” (named after a pro French tennis player) came on the scene in 1965. Following his retirement, Adidas chose American tennis star Stan Smith to endorse the shoes, and they were subsequently renamed. Fast-forward to 2010 and Céline’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, took her bow following the brand’s Spring 2011 show in a pair of the signature leather kicks. Now, six years later, and the streets from LA, to Paris, and Dubai, are flooded, with every other person sporting a pair of round-toe, colored ankle padded white leather sneakers signed Stan Smith. Sure, a handful of you managed to get them personalized (available for a limited time only)—but no matter how you look at it—these are still the same shoes.

No, the white sneaker trend is not over; but, you seriously need to put those Smiths away until its next revival, which, if history can teach us anything, will be forty years from now. Luckily, we make parting ways easy with these Spring 2016 renditions, not yet adopted by the masses. In this edit, we round up the best white sneakers in low-top stark styles that are anything but mainstream.

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