Classic, White Sneakers (A Long Overdue Greats Review)
Just another blogger, posing in front of a bunch of pumpkins. Sometimes I can’t help but to give into the blogging cliches and honestly, I’m not sorry–they really complement this outfit and it’s the perfect October outfit on a mild day.
I also just realized I have never really spoken of these Greats sneakers directly on the blog. I actually receive a LOT of questions on them via DM on instagram, probably because I wear them so much and they get a ton of explore on the #shopyourclosetseries (case in point here). So, here with are with a Greats review one year later (I got them last fall). They really are a perfect, white sneaker and I was familiar with The Greats brand years ago when they just made men’s shoes. (That’s the bonus of working at a fashion start-up–you get a lot of insight into new brands first!). The low-profile, clean white sneaker was really hitting the fashion scene hard in 2013/2014 when Common Projects Achilles shoe blew up–I’m talking the shoe that launched a million look-a-likes. And it’s STILL going strong. Well, not everyone has the cash to spend $400+ on a basic white sneaker so everyone welcomed new iterations of a low-profile white sneaker.
I bought Eric a pair of these shoes as soon as we had them at Trunk Club…I think it was 2014–right after they were founded. He loved them and I loved how they looked so I knew I wanted a pair, too. So here’s the lowdown on why they’re so GREAT (you know I’ve been dying to use that pun):
- Priced under $200 (my particular shoe is $179)
- Free shipping/free returns
- Brooklyn-based company, shoes are made in Italy
- The Bianco Royale (the shoe I wear) runs small – definitely size up half a size.
- How I care for mine: the magic eraser and a little water works wonders on this shoe. And if your laces get dirty, just throw them into the wash.
- Break-in period: they’re a nice shoe and they’re also a little stiff. But I LIKE that they’ve remained stiff on me and haven’t become flimsy. They’re still sturdy after a solid year of heavy wear but they’re comfortable and broken-in. I have worn them on walks around big cities, for travel, and comfort. They aren’t as comfortable as something like All-Birds (which are like clouds) but they’re definitely easy on your feet.
- Anything I missed? Ask in the comments below!
- Other great versions of the classic white sneaker from brands I love: M Gemi ($198), Frye ($197), KOIO ($248), and Soludos ($129).
*Not sponsored – just a shoe I get asked about quite often!