The only thing better than a fresh pair of white kicks is a fresh pair of white kicks with a gum sole. We at Highsnobiety know this and figured, with a month of summer left, it's still prime time to explore some of the best white/gum sole combos on the market.
The appeal of the gum sole lies largely in its ability to transform even the most modern silhouettes into something resembling a retro runner. Combine the gum sole with a white or off-white upper and you've got a recipe for light spring greatness in keeping with the wild popularity of retro reruns right now.
Our selection of the best gum sole sneakers covers all sides of the sneaker landscape. From luxury iterations by Maison Margiela and Sunnei through to more affordable staples from the likes of Reebok, Nike, and adidas, there's a pair for every budget and style.
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Maison Margiela Replica Sneakers
When we think of gum sole sneakers, our mind instantly jumps to Maison Margiela's Replica. This luxury take on the German army trainer is characterized by its unchanging, retro sole unit.
Veja Rio Branco Sneakers
Veja's ethical take on luxury footwear has been welcomed into the sneaker landscape with open arms. The label's designs take a decisively minimal, vintage angle which suits the classic white upper and gum sole combo.
Sunnei Chunky Sneakers
Milan-based label Sunnei's approach to luxury style puts fun at the forefront. Exaggerated silhouettes cut dramatic shapes and these sneakers are no exception. This pared-back colorway puts the focus firmly on the oversized shape.
Nike Daybreak-Type Sneakers
Nike's Daybreak is a classic sneaker from the '70s but it's had a lot of attention over the past two years. This deconstructed cork outfit perfectly suits the lightweight silhouette.
Reebok Workout Low
Workout Plus Sneakers
The Reebok Workout Low is one of the OGs in the world of gum sole sneakers. This silhouette doesn't need any tricks to make it feel more retro — it is retro through and through.
Nike Air Force 1 Low '07
Another sneaker OG, though one that's not known for having a gum sole, is the Air Force 1. The chunky sole unit is broken up by the two-tone palette.
Nike Air Raid
Nike's Air Raid takes after '90s basketball styles which usually works — it was the golden age for on-court footwear, after all.
adidas Samba Vegan Shoes
Samba Vegan Shoes
The adidas Samba is having a moment. While the model is a perennial rotation member, a string of collaborations has positioned it as a year-round highlight. Here it is in its original, gum-soled glory.
adidas Matchbreak Super Shoes
Basketball styles dominate the world of lifestyle sneaks but tennis silhouettes aren't far behind. Take the adidas Matchbreak with its big gum sole, for example.
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