Holly Go Whitely

She probably wears white shoes all the time, right?


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.

Not white? Not interested.

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.

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  • serene

    hi man repeller! umm… i dont really know how to start this, but i want to tell you that i am a big fan, i been reading your blog since i was 12 and i just turned 13. i hope you will acknowledge this comment and i hope to meet you if I’m ever in NY in the future!

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey Serene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    I just got the white Isabel Marant Baya sneakers!! Go team white!!

  • seriously, even after the devastating loss of your white suede Manolo’s to doggy doo doo you are still preaching about white kicks, if that’s not dedication then I dunno what is. Thanks for the inspiration as always


  • Lauren

    Snoop Lion, Leandra. Love the Celine pumps in particular.


    • Will Code For Clothes

      I was going to correct his name, too! Lion, dog. What’s the difference?
      As for the white shoes, you have to get so many of them because they look beaten after a few wears…

  • not since p.diddy’s last white party have i seen shoes so fly. get me into those givenchys for his next one.



  • Aimee

    Not so into the white sneakers just style-wise, but I love the white heels. 🙂
    xoxo Aimee of The Sitch on Fitch

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  • Shawnee Rajala

    YES. i’ve been wearing my white chucks like there’s no tomorrow. even when they blend in with the snowstorm. even now, when it’s white still in michigan and no signs of spring. cheers to sneakers.

  • Filipa

    Being born in the late 80’s, I guess I must have had a traumatic experience of some sort with white shoes. Too many ZZ Top music videos, perhaps? It’s my pet peeve, I simply cannot fit my tiny white foot in a tiny white shoe, without feeling like a crazy-haired Whitney Houston is going to creep up behind me and yell she wants to feel the beat with somebody.

    Once again, you begin to change my mind… Damn you, woman!

  • Maike

    all great and looking for white pumps too… but to be honest… felt just in love with the adidas!
    go ahead, Leandra!
    Änderungen rückgängig machen

  • Reptilia

    Love white sneakers!!



  • I’m so desperate to buy white shoes, but I won’t even let myself wear white jeans just in case I spill something down them (even though I’m in college I still don’t trust myself)

  • Jennifer

    I would love to be able to pull off white shoes!

    xo Jennifer


  • those lovelies on the first photo are great!


  • Domonique

    I’m all about the white shoe at the moment, even though I do die inside with every scuff, scrape and dirty mark!


  • I’m with you. I cannot get enough of white shoes (and now I’m starting on white bags). They’re clean (for a while), fresh, and springy. And they prove that I should never say never. Because I was certain I’d never wear them (given that the last time I saw a white shoe was during the 80s on Dynasty– an era and look I’d assured myself I’d stay away from). Well, I’m wrong again. And very happy about it.

  • Leila Daiana Llunez

    I love white shoes and all clothes in general, thought I’m more used to see them in photos than actually wearing it myself… but I guess it’s worth the try! xoxo The Trend Upsetter

  • lori g

    Whatever happened to your Manolo’s that you stepped in dog poo?? Did yo uget them cleaned. should have posted a before and after shot in this post to prove you CAN get stains out of white shoes 😉

    • Guest

      But if she didn’t, we’d all just be sad…

    • jenny marklund

      But if she didn’t get them cleaned it would just make us all sad…

  • I want a pair of white shoes now!!

  • I’m all about white at the moment. A few months ago my entire wardrobe consisted of black, black and more black but for some strange reason I only wanna wear white at the moment! I still can’t bring myself to wear anything remotely colourful but hey, it’s a start. Is this what growing up feels like?


  • =^..^=

    Speaking of Holly Golightly… I’m coming to NY to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s next wknd – YAY!

    (I’ll let you know if she wears anything white.)

  • prairiegirlitc

    I’ve been liking white shoes this season. It’s funny because I’ve avoided them at all costs over the years. I think it’s because one of my teachers in my fashion merchandising program said that white shoes were for hookers. Apparently that comment stayed with me. I guess I’m vamping it up this year.



  • White sneakers only – every other white shoe need not apply! They all look naff.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  • repetto’s in white all day long

  • rhodawong
  • I actually just bought some white converse today! White shoes are extremely fresh and summertime appropriate


  • Okay…I want to. I really do. But my feet are freaking HUGE. I worked on cruise ships in the 90s…..so many more reasons I have not to go there…..but yet…..

  • I want Caroline’s shoes. Anyone recognize them?

  • Prints + Bombers

    I love this post! I obviously love the shoes!
    Check me out at http://www.PrintsandBombers.blogspot.com

  • Totally love the Alexander Wang sandals!! gorgeous gorgeous 🙂 And I gotta say my favorites from the white picks are the golden goose high tops and the opening ceremony sandals. Seriously wishing my bank account had more. lol 🙂


  • Meg

    I wish I could walk in shoes like those!! <3 them!



  • All about some white footwear – I favor Converse in white for the sole reason that they go with everything. Yes, I made a sole pun. No shame.

  • natalie

    i don’t think i even own a pair of white shoes haha



  • alcessa

    Erm, no 🙂 Not for ladies who feel this special kind of “eugh, the world wants to get me all dirty” angst when wearing a … white leather jacket 🙂

  • Liked it..:)

    pet meds

  • margot

    i think white sneakers make great sandals – you obviously know what you’re talking about.

  • I love that you wore those white loafer pumps during Nemo, but I just have to know if they got stained.


  • Local & Opulent

    White shoes just feel so fresh!

    A new outfit post / photo diary of World MasterCard Fashion Week is up on Local & Opulent.


  • B.

    White just makes me want to sing outkast’s “so fresh and so clean.” Its just too good.


  • Leandra Medine

    They did, they did, they sure did.

    • Hi Leandra,

      Thank you for replying! I need to take a lesson from your book and think of stains as experiences. Instead I have a bad obsession with keeping all my shoes as clean as possible. I hope you do find a way to clean them even though I know they are still walkable, which is the purpose of shoes.

  • ora888

    Caroline looks super chic, her Adidas are amazing!

  • Morvarid

    My policy on white shoes is they’re only for yachting and tennis. Since I don’t own a yacht or play tennis, this means I never wear them, which is good because they make my feet look like 60 ft. yachts. They look good on you, though!

  • Now those are my kind of shoes…

  • Lovely shoes..:)

    Android Developer

  • There are those more affordable white wedges from H&M and Mango that I’ve been seeing around, and they are so amazing. Sadly I can’t seem to find them in stores anymore! And yes, finally someone with the same sentiments – reserve those slippers for the beach or pool only please.


  • Pauline Lim

    They look great!

  • M

    I have a pair of white fringe-y booties. I feel like a majorette in them. And I think everyone should have that feeling every now and then.

  • Laura

    Cara Delevingne wore also the Adidas Americana HI88 after Chanel FW13 in Paris – like Caroline de Maigret on your pic

  • Fabita Punk

    All hail white almighty all over the place this season 🙂