Vans invented them, and now the fashion world is embracing them: slip on sneakers. The latest trend in footwear makes it possible to be simultaneously comfortable and stylish. But we’re not talking about your average canvas and elastic combination – luxe materials and fun prints have brought this classic style up to a whole new level.
Classic pointed toe pumps will never go away. The shape has changed in subtle ways over time, and I think some of the best silhouettes are from the past couple years. Although a white pump doesn’t seem like a practical choice, it’s definitely edgy, classic, and sure to stand out. I love these pumps by Saint Laurent because there’s something about the silhouette that looks more modern and updated than some of the others out there.
In my opinion, some of the most memorable shoes from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections came from the Balenciaga show. There were endless boots, minimalist sandals, and some very intriguing pumps. The pumps combine the airiness of a thong sandal and the elegance of a classic point-toe pump.
also in navy and black at DSW
The ShoeCult double-take from NastyGal looks almost exactly like the L.A.M.B. Oxley, and is much more affordable. However, it’s not made of leather; the faux leather has more sheen to it, which I think takes a little bit away from the sleekness of the original design. They were also available in other colors, but those have sold out.
Black has always been the traditional go-to color for a neutral shoe. When all other options fail, a black pump or flat is guaranteed to work with your outfit. Every woman has at least one pair of black pumps in her closet. But the fashion world is always changing, and a “new neutral” is always popping up each season. Last year, the nude shoe was huge because it works with every color, and has the added bonus of leg-lengthening properties. And this year, the fashion world is inducting white shoes as a wardrobe staple.
White shoes finish off an outfit in a clean, fresh way. No longer a relic of the past, the newest generation of white pumps and shoes look sleek and modern with minimalist single soles and new shapes. They look stunning when worn with an all white ensemble, pair perfectly with black, and add a touch of sophistication and elegance to busier outfits with a lot of color.
With the official start of summer not too far away, it’s safe to bring out the whites. While I was never one to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I do feel that white shoes, especially strappy styles, are more appropriate for the summer.
Sometimes wearing white shoes can be tricky – the words often bring to mind weddings or tacky stilettos – but I’ve put together a list of tips to help steer you in the right direction:
Reserve satin fabrics and gemstone embellishments for formal occasions.
Details like this are too formal for day wear, particularly in the summer when a relaxed look is favorable.
Wear white shoes in the spring and summer.
While white pumps and booties can be worn outside of the summer season if styled well, reserve your sandal and wedge styles for the summer.
Don’t overdo your tan.
The contrast between white shoes and your skin will make you look tan, even if you are on the paler end of the spectrum. If you’re very tan, a cream or tan color will look less tacky next to your skin.
White shoes will compliment fabrics featuring white details.
There are no strict rules to pairing white pumps with your clothes, but if you’re nervous about the trend, try pairing white shoes with a dress that features white in the pattern, such as white polka dots or stripes.
Never buy cheap white shoes.
White is a color that will showcase ever flaw if the shoes are not made of quality material. Avoid patent styles; a soft buttery leather will look more elegant.
Clean your shoes after wearing them.
White obviously gets dirty very quickly. In order to keep your white shoes in pristine condition, don’t wear them in situations where they might get dirty. And if they do, clean them immediately after wearing them.
Neons, pastels, and florals are fun for spring, but you can never go wrong with a black and white palette. After several seasons of bold colors and busy patterns, simplifying your outfit to a monochrome palette is like a breath of fresh air. There’s something very reassuring about structured and clean black-and-white designs; they’re modern, simple, and bold all at the same time. This season, the black-and-white trend has been applied to both clothing and accessories in traditional ways as well as graphic interpretations using prints, patterns, and color blocking.
The above pair by Calvin Klein is a bit of a tease because they’re not under $100, but I just had to put them up because I think they’re stunning. Below, you’ll find my 10 picks (all under $100) that are a great buy for this season: