Holly Go Whitely
She probably wears white shoes all the time, right?
It’s official, spring has sprung and in spite of unfortunate climatic circumstances, I’d be hard-pressed to tell you not to try at least one white accessory, like, now. I know, I know, it seems like years–months, even–that I’ve been endorsing the end of the silly politics pertaining to our shoe (sometimes handbag) color choices, and maybe no ones listening or maybe I just feel like I need to speak louder but, earth to readers! I’m endorsing the end of the silly politics pertaining to our shoe color choices.
Are you feeling apprehensive? Why? Let’s talk about this. Sure, the likelihood of your getting a white shoe dirty is higher than Snoop Dogg on a Saturday night but I thought we covered this during October’s Accent in White story. Power accents, people. Bruises tell tales of struggle and often the subsequent victory. Stains on white shoes will tell the tales of your experiences as an Adventure Capitalist. Trust me. Or maybe you’re just angry at the cloudy sky? That first photo above is from the Fashion Week Blizzard of 2013–not even violent sleet and Mayor Bloomberg’s advising pedestrians to get the hell indoors could deter my sartorial gumption. Sartorial gumption? What am I even talking about? Let’s take a click through market lane.
Above you’ll find a. my Celine heels ice skating down 13th street, b. Saint Laurent’s white pumps (they’ve got tennis sneakers, too) and c. Stella McCartney’s more stride-friendly slingback wedges.
And then we’ve got the one and only Caroline de Maigret looking French and chic as shit in her dark outfit and easy, breezy white sneakers. Here’s the thing about white sneakers, they make a fantastic summer sandal. And you’re just like, “what are you talking about, Leandra? They’re sneakers not sandals.” I don’t know about you, though, but I hate the idea of walking through a city, or anywhere that’s not a beach, really, in open-foot shoes. Concrete is dirty and the rest of my body suffers the consequences of my grossly unhygienic proclivities as is. Photographed in this series: a. white Superga hightops, b. white Golden Goose hightops, c. white Isabel Marant sneakers.
Finally, in the pocket where toes do shine and Alexander Wang proves his trendcasting worth again (remember last Fall when he ignited the entire attraction?), we’ve got a. Rachel Comey boots from ASOS (fine, toes won’t shine in these but for the purposes of this slideshow, the boot was an orphan and the sandal team offered to take it in), b. Opening Ceremony wood-heel sandals, and c. Givenchy open-toe, closed foot sling-backs. Everyone wins with that one.