The only thing better than a fresh pair of kicks is a fresh pair of kicks with a gum sole. We at Highsnobiety know this and figured, with Spring having just arrived, it's prime time to explore some of the best gum sole sneakers 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 Lanvin through to more affordable staples from the likes of Reebok, New Balance, and adidas, there's a pair for every budget and style.

Scroll down to shop the best gum sole sneakers right now.

Lanvin Curb Stud Embellished

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Curb Stud Sneakers



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The Curbs have accrued a cult following, and with good reason. It's right there on trend with the chunky silhouette, the gum sole and exaggerated laces. The good thing is, with studs you've got an upgrade on your hands worth celebrating - it adds some edge to an otherwise squeaky clean sneak.

Eytys Santos Leather Trainers

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Santos Trainers



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These Santos sneakers by Eytys are giving Spirited Away energy. Diffuse, etherial shapes, black against white, stark. Hayao Miyazaki would be so proud.

Venturi White Mesh Sneakers

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Venturi Sneakers



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A neutral tone shoe that will leave you feeling light and airy - the mesh upper does wonders for breathability and adds a helping of style points, too.

Gucci Mac 80 Leather Trainers

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Nothing fits the brief 'white sneakers with a gum sole' more than this pair right here. There is something about a clean white canvas for that GG emblem to go atop that sets this shoe-wear apart.

UGG Ascot Wool Lined Suede Slippers

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Do you get the picture yet? Sneakers with gum soles are usually the understated, retro classics within a brand's offering.

Converse AS-1 Pro Sneakers

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AS-1 Pro Sneakers



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A classic, almost archetypal amongst the sneaker set. This shoe is unmistakably Converse - not only for its stark monochromatic star emblem, but also for its thick gum outsole. Bringing new meaning to the expression 'where the rubber meets the road'.

Norda Dyneema Trail Running Sneakers

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Dyneema Trail Sneakers



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A little futuristic, this one. Reminiscent of that scene in Inception where they're running around in the snow for about an hour.

Tom Ford James Rubber-Trimmed Leather and Suede Sneakers

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James Sneakers


Tom Ford

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Tom Ford gets in on the retro action, too. The James Sneakers represent a side to Ford's output that we rarely see. Past the high-end tailoring, luxury velvets, suedes, and the like, there's a core of sturdy, traditional pieces.

Lanvin Curb Leather Trainers

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Curb Trainers



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The Curbs are a bit of a cult classic. Exaggerated laces and that thickly padded tongue make for a statement sneak and a half.

Ami Paris Suede Loafers

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Suede Loafers



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If you're looking to go off the beaten path with your choice of gum sole shoe, this pair here is a loafer offering with the suede, sophisticated outer that will let you attend a slumber party or a boat party alike. You make the call.

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