This is primarily a companion guide to this guide but it can be used as a stand alone guide as well. One difference between this guide and the former is that I will be including some less timeless trendier pieces as well. You may notice there are no fast fashion brands on this list except for the ASOS plimsolls. This is because buying sneakers from a fast fashion brand is a literal waste of money because of poor construction. All of these shoes, with one exception, are mostly white low tops because white is the easiest color to wear and because low tops can be worn with shorts as well. Each shoe is listed by it’s brand and goes from most versatile to least versatile. These are NOT the only sneakers worth your money for under $100 and NOT the only stylish sneakers for under $100. These are just my picks for the most versatile ones to wear under that price-point. I’ll try to update this semiannually but if there are any dead links go ahead and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get to fixing them.
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These are the only sneakers I would recommend purchasing new if you can’t afford more than $30 for shoes. The sole construction and stitching is the best you’re going to get at this price point.
Lace Up Sneakers
ASOS Design’s take on the minimalist white sneaker. Again, the sole construction and stitching is the best you’re going to get at this price point.
These shoes were created by Adidas in 1963 as the first leather tennis shoe. They’re a classic. These are Adidas’ most minimalist and unbranded sneakers. The only reason you wouldn’t want to get these is because a lot of other people wear them.
These are a remake of a shoe that was shelved in the late ’80s. They’re a little sportier than the Stan Smiths and have a little more branding as well. If you want a minimalistic classic shoe from Adidas that you won’t see many other people in these are a great option.
These are indoor soccer shoes and Adidas’ second most popular selling shoe. The Adidas branding is very prominent but they’re still a classic. The toe box is inspired by the look of the original german army trainers.
These were the first shoes to ever have a fully leather upper combined with a shelltoe. They’re a little clunkier than the Stan Smiths and tend to work better with more casual streetwear oriented looks.
These are an affordable alternative to the oh-so-popular Yeezy 350s and Ultraboosts, in fact it almost looks like they had a kid. Their knit material makes them extremely comfortable. These work great for an athleisure minded look.
These are Adidas’ take on the the ugly sneaker trend. If you’re interested in setting yourself out from your peers and appearing on trend these are a great option. Just make sure you’re confident wearing them because I guarantee you’ll have at least one asshole going “WHAT ARE THOSE!?”.
Jack Purcell Tumbled Leather
These are a spin off the Chuck Taylors and, to me, the more mature cousin of the Chuck Taylors. They’re also made of leather instead of canvas. These are great for wearing with a smart casual outfit.
Heritage Basket Classic
These are Puma’s answer to leather minimalist sneakers. Based on their iconic Clyde design these are a more affordable alternative to Adidas Stan Smiths that are quite sexy (Personally, I prefer these over the Stan Smiths.)
These are the same shoes as above but heavily inspired by OFF-WHITE’s collaborations with Nike. These will definitely garner compliments and turn heads. If you’re audacious enough you could even add a red ziptag to your shoelaces to emulate OFF-WHITE’s collaborations.
These are based on the original Onitsuka Tiger sneaker. If sex were a shoe it would be this shoe. You don’t have to stick to the color pictured. Any of the WHITE/(Insert Color Here) colorways will work. These will definitely turn heads and grab compliments. Often imitated but never duplicated.
New Balance’s most iconic look. These aren’t white but I couldn’t make a list like this without including New Balance. These are a little clunky and won’t pair well with smarter pieces but these can be awesome for a streetwear look.
2750 COTU Classic
If you’re looking for a pair of low top plimsolls without a toe cap that are constructed better than the ASOS ones then look no further. It’s a classic shoe model from a legacy brand.
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