White Shoes

Shoe of the Day: Strap Happy

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I am head over heels in love with this strappy creation by Giuseppe Zanotti. Gold paired with black or white is one of my favorite color combinations. It just looks so refined and classic, even if the overall design is a bit elaborate. Zanotti has an excellent talent for adding just the right touch of class to his edgier designs, and the sandals above are no exception. The delicate straps balance out the busy structure, making the shoes less overwhelming and more wearable. And the dainty golden buckles and gold-tipped straps add a touch of ladylike grace. I’m not happy about the price tag though…does anyone want to get these for me on my birthday?

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Double-Take: Saint Laurent Classic Paris

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.

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Shoe of the Day: Gold Lining

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We’ve heard that every dark cloud has a silver lining, but the golden lining on these beautiful pumps by Casadei (available on Shoescribe) is step up from that. I think white and gold is a stunning combination and will never go out of style. It’s a classic mix that has been around for ages. These would look amazing worn with a white sheath dress, some sun-kissed skin, and a little golden clutch.

Tuesday Shoesday: White Delight

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I fell in love with these white pointy-toe ankle-strap pumps. The Callen pump is extremely comfortable because the heel isn’t very high, and the ankle strap is very secure. The fit is a bit narrow, and that’s saying something because I have fairly narrow feet. I don’t think the style would be comfortable for wider feet, but there’s no harm in trying them on! They’re available in many different colors, but I think the white looks extremely elegant, classy, and perfect for summer! You can find them at Macy’s, Zappos, and Amazon.

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Summer Style: White shoes and how to wear them.

Alexander Wang Antonia Sandal (pretty much 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.

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1. Aldo – Essi $100 (Aldo)
2. Nine West – Callen $85 (Nine West, Amazon, Zappos, Nordstrom)
3. Balmain – Metal-Effect Pump $549 (Barneys)
4. ASOS – Hostage $70 (Asos)
5. Topshop – Gwenda $116 (Topshop, Nordstrom)
6. Jeffrey Campbell – Mosaics $152 (NastyGal)
7. ZARA White Wedge $99 (Zara)
8. Casadei – Softymetal $770-1100 (Shoescribe, Casadei)
9. Nine West – Gee $99 (Amazon, Nine West)
10. Truth or Dare by Madonna – Muncy $130 (Macys)