On Giving White Shoes a Chance

Leandra Medine | January 26, 2012
Alexander Wang S/S 2012
Boat loads of color exploded everywhere during the last runway season so it was refreshing to see some designers take a different approach south of the ankle. Rather than integrate the footwear into what could have been an easy package of human rainbow, folks like Alexander Wang and Celine’s Phoebe Philo experimented with wearable shoe silhouettes in hues of white. There’s a stigma attached to embracing the white shoe: labor day woes, the wedding day pigeon hole, general discomfort about the notion of looking down and recognizing either a. an 80s flick prom scene, b. your uncanny ability to dirty something in just a few strides and c. the white shoe on your foot. Just take a moment though to examine the trickling from runway to real life.

Maybe not real life per se, but most certainly off a runway. To the left, enjoy Caroline Sieber in Hocus Pocus inspired Chanel snap booties and to the right, knee high flat white boots that don’t suffer the plague of the aforementioned 80s prom flick kickback or too deep a reflection on when mod style ruled. Though it did you know, rule. Below now, find a few outfits built on the incorporation of white footwear into yo’wardrobe. Love it, live it, learn it, be it. Extra repeller points should the shoes match your skin tone.

Left: Pair a plaid blouse with a striped peplum jacket and high waist denim cut offs to contrast your white open sandals. These are Chloe from The Outnet. Remember the note about pretentious headwear and engage in acting a fool. The Asos scallops are a darling old touch. A tribal necklace a la DANNIJO to add a small hint of new theme. Center: Behold, Margiela ankle boots. Give them a metallic pencil skirt with cool graphic tee, in this case, Batman overcomes all. Two bold gold cuffs, via Charm and Chain and Pamela Love to make partying arms an easy process. And finally, vive le 90s. A floral print playsuit from Topshop to compliment some sneaker flatform hybrids. Add a colored leather jacket in Spring’s favorite orange, earrings and sunglasses if you want to. So, will you be giving the trend a try or what?
  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    Love white shoes, it borderlines obsession. My friends still make fun of me over the tantrum i threw when one of them stepped on my steve madden white platforms! And then when i found shoe whitener- all bets were off…


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05695254903533992167 Donna

    I like white shoes as well, though they tend to look a little weird on me since I have a darker skin tone lol


  • http://cest-moi-a-paris.blogspot.com/ Juliane @ C’est moi à Paris

    It may be nice in summer…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01075911467231254563 facelesschic

    into it, espesh alexander wang's thang. not so sure i could pull of the white heel without looking like someone dressing up in an ohtoowrong wardrobe though xx fc


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12698175843689693989 Pretty Provocative

    White shoes really make an outfit pop!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00323955322417934528 DINA SHRESTHA

    Heck Yeah! I think it really makes a statement!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00299122556052180596 Sophia Callahan

    I'm definitely up to repelling. I kinda love it but you just need to float a little above air so they don't get dirty!

    best ,


  • Pauline

    I HAAAATE white shoooooes
    exept for white converse, or white Superga.
    but that's IT ! White boots are a crime !

  • http://stylecroissant.blogspot.com/ STYLE CROISSANT

    YES !! absolutely, you've definately sparked a craving for white shoes in me 🙂 I'm serious, I'm already perusing the topshop website in search for the perfect white shoes !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01671622982235409326 S

    I'm not too mad about white shoes but i must say i've regreted not having a pair of white converse/supergas lots of times, they're useful for the unispired days!



  • http://www.elasticpantcity.com Michelle

    Love the outfits you put together. Never would have thought of the combos myself. That's why I heart this blog.

  • Gabrielle

    I need that batman shirt! NEED IT!

  • http://aspenirene.com jessica

    Batman Outfit!!! hands down that would be the one I'd wear!! Ever since Michelle Pfeiffer threw on her son's tee with her pencil skirt on that fine day… well I've kind of been a sucker for the look 😉 and hey she got Clooney.. maybe not such a repeller idea afterall!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13212642153642019235 Angel Court Jewels…

    I never been a fan of white shoes, but lately I've been drawn in. I just fell in love with a pair of vintage white snake skin Bruno Magli's. Of course, they came home with me!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    I don't know if I could pull off white shoes (aside from converses) but more power to you with these outfit choices. Me gusta.


  • http://www.the-habit.com Theresa

    Love that Carven jacket! 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03806839983726703234 SPYT

    I'll give you something to laugh about. White silk wedges.

    Who at Louis Vuitton thought "I have a great idea- let's put the easiest staining fabric that's also the hardest to clean, in white, on shoes."

    But more importantly, what was going through my mind when I just absolutely had to have them? I've worn them a grand total of maybe three times in the eight or so years I've had them. To dinner. When the only walking involved is from the car to the table and back.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Tie dye that shit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00638613257033227310 Charlene Gondo

    you're so creative! i think i'm beginning to love the colour white for my heels.

    Summer Flounce

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07013236322969861558 Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Woah that batman shirt boasts some serious pecs. I'm impressed.

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    I want the white wangs!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16542317510022502031 Styling Black

    I'm so happy other people are giving white shoes a chance too…. love all the looks, especially the boots on the right.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts
  • Anonymous

    Long live the Half Cleveland, lol!
    I want extra points for my contrasting skin tone.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com Bougiehippie

    White shoes are disgusting and late!

  • http://www.msdollydecorator.com MSDOLLYDECORATOR

    Alex can do no wrong. Bible.

  • http://eclecticuniform.typepad.com Lawrence

    Never had a problem with white shoes in the first place, ITS ORANGE I HATE BLEHHHHHH


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00249594611456435173 Daniela

    White shoes feel really fresh and a great, simple and minimalistic change. Love the Alexander Wangs' and the Chloe sandals.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15805407856303423429 Emily Ulrich

    I've always sided away from white shoes, out of complete pressure that I'd get them dirty, but I've really been enjoying how they can be pulled off. Might have to just get a pair and invest in the necessary cleaning…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17721437861295306613 Dush

    I can't stand white shoes of any kind. I guess white shoes can't stand me either, since I feel so strongly about them, but that's life baby. That's life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06734816622514634952 Laura.

    J'adore cette sélection! le street style et top aussi!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    I think white shoes are clean and for spring and summer it's perfect. I hope I can get the Alexander Wang ones, love them. If you get a chance check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


  • http://goeslightly.com Holly

    I love those capped toe booties in the top picture!

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers

    Oh the shoes looks amazing!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08939299404178530578 Funky Fraîche
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10941820965702663952 B.Weber

    I love white shoes!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    fabulous picks!


  • http://servinupstyle.blogspot.com servinupstyle

    Great picks!
    Knowing myself I would get white shoes dirty in about 10 seconds…but the look is still enticing!
    I especially love the flatform sneakers.

  • http://www.fearlessfashion.bloggr.no FearlessFashion

    Oooh, that skirt looks like a mermaids tail! Okay, on topic, I don't really think white shoes are my thing.

  • http://www.bangbanglafemme.com Allegra

    I actually really love white pumps. i think with the right outfit its like wearing a very bright shoe, it just stands out and gives an edge to the entire look.

    xo, Allegra


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13067395970281265221 call me debbie

    Freedom to the white shoes!!

    (New blog needing some love and support: http://inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Ah, yes, I was actually trying to find ways to wear white shoes without making it look bad! Haha thanks for this…love those white boots–very 60s mod!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08716286801643199774 BABEL
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00832244838759411174 Aitana

    i love your shoes 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka

    so in love with the shoes ♡


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09115290465831133259 Alisuca

    Who wouldn't love a white pair of Lanvins? I can see you in these. Sold out 🙁
    I'd rock the Miami vice look any day

    Femme Rogue

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    I love white shoes! Its a bold look for any outfit. They draw people attention

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10431646916294089600 Kelly Malka
  • Anonymous

    lol to matching skin tone..would match mine…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites
  • http://venin.blogg.no merci pour le venin

    i love the shoes from wang. i think they are my favourite this season.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    super cool wang whites! can't wait for spring to ACTUALLY show up…

    xx Roxanna


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11228462301956425643 BobbieAustin27

    I'm willing to give white shoes a chance
    love the Jil Sander boots for spring 2012
    these are very nice additions too!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00098016701748046630 I Z A B E L A
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04644235367974098039 Sheena

    This is kind of the ultimate challenge. So many gorgeous pairs recently however not looking forward to the chain store spawn that is to follow x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Michelle of Chellbellz

    okay…so I had a pair of Chanel Platform shoes like that when I was 11, and this is way before i knew who Chanel was 🙂 I loved them, and i wish i still have them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12570872654773804597 Girlie Blogger

    Not sure about the pointy heels, but the white boots are super cute.

  • http://indecisemarise.wordpress.com maryse

    J'adore les escarpins blancs ! vraiment beau!

  • http://www.plctrainingindia.co.in/image-gallery.php joyanu

    very nice and grate

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    White shoes are actually really nice when paired correctly… But I guess all things do! Even uggs…

  • http://sunniesandstilettos.com/ sunniesandstilettos.com

    I love ALL things white!! And have no qualms rocking them in june or january.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08800980234417906451 Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    Love the denim shorts and white sandals look. Down here in the south, hopefully we'll get warmer weather soon so I can rock my own white shoes soon!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    I've always liked white shoes for summer, as long as they don't look plastic

    fashion & lifestyle in BElgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04058590464057501550 patty and lo

    I love the flat white boots… they look so effortless and perfect with the dress! I will definitely be wearing white shoes this spring!


  • http://laflordelys.com helena FIdalgo

    these would sooo make a statement! LOVE LOVE LOVE



  • Anonymous

    i must be a savy shopper in ks cause i'm way ahead of ya on white shoes. i've got two pair of white wedges and one pair of vintage awesome white flat boots. been looking for a huge red sweater at the thrift store FOREVER, might have to start looking elsewhere

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02174013063564755743 patricia



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11118951457968862269 Megan

    White shoes might be a hard trend for me to try, but I am willing.


  • Anonymous

    No white shoes! No! Not even a little sticky tiny chance..
    They're disgusting!
    Sorry Leandra.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068572636867244753 Jess

    There was reoccurring Dolce and Gabbana ad out in Vogue Fall 2011 and the model had white pumps with black socks. I really liked it. Never thought about trying to pull it off myself…but why not. xx Leandra, have a great weekend.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068572636867244753 Jess

    http://www.laceandfadedjeans.com/?p=2089 The Dolce and Gabbana ad I was referring to above. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12671310574491384285 Off The Cuff

    Love how different the looks are! They're very mod, I'm reminded of Twiggy!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03806839983726703234 SPYT

    I'm considering dying them once they get disgusting. I'm wearing them tonight!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02397487968349083154 nicola lynde.

    white shoes, definition of something I buy to leave in my closet for 2 years before giving to good will…maybe it's something about having size 40 boats…just can't do it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07500616374517664080 lu

    oh god, do you remember in elementary school when the only cool shoes were platform white sneakers? and they had to be extra white, so you were running home every night to wash your yellowing shoelaces. extra points were given for the tallest white socks. i'm pretty sure i stole my dads.

    retail girl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07932179705829604113 Créatrice de rêves

    …Your blog is brilliant!!! One of the best blog I've ever seen!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.susyjack.com susy

    always love a good black/white switcheroo. black tee with white suit etc. personally, if i'm feeling particularly repellent, i'll even sport white shoes with black socks. and i am not kidding. : )

  • http://www.primigi.org.uk/ primigi

    Wipe your white sports shoes with liquid soap and a paper towel to eliminate surface grime. Rub any creases on leather to loosen dirt. Be careful to not scrub the shoes too hard as some leathers will flake off.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03794729428885829178 boocat

    Cool. Thanks.

    Wish I was rich – I'd so get those cute earrings.

  • http://www.primigi.org.uk/ primigi

    I like the fashion trend! Very class and nice. I suggest that the heels are very high for you?

  • http://giakesieuthiviet.blogspot.com/ Khang Pham

    Love white shoes, it borderlines obsession. My friends still make fun of
    me over the tantrum i threw when one of them stepped on my steve madden
    white platforms!