Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THE WHITE SHOE DEBATE

Can we really get away with wearing white shoes?


Top row L-R: Kurt Geiger; New Look; River Island
Bottom row L-R: River Island; Topshop; Zara

White shoes have historically had a fashion stigma attached to them; for years the rule dictated that unless you are a bride, a tennis player or wearing a uniform, you shouldn't wear them. White shoes have been reported to look matronly and make one’s feet look bigger, and in some instances they have been associated with a not so respectable British stereotype.

Well it appears this stigma might have been put to rest as white shoes seem to be everywhere now, probably thanks to the new season’s emerging trend -  monochrome -  but I still question whether we girls who predominantly shop on the high street can really pull off donning white shoes;  I am inspired and slightly convinced by what I've seen on the catwalk recently though.


Balmain

Pringle

Alexander Wang

Anna Sui

Espaco

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

All catwalk images courtesy of www.fashionising.com

Now those of you that are familiar with my personality traits will know I quite like a challenge, so I have decided to put it to the test and see whether I really can pull off wearing white shoes, without being frowned upon by you guys and anyone else that passes me on the street.


I spotted these booties whilst doing my weekly scan through www.kurtgeiger.com. I haven’t worn them yet as I’m still trying to establish what I should wear them with; maybe that’s a sign I should look for the returns label and avoid becoming a fashion victim.

Tamara Mellon,  co-founder of Jimmy Choo says “The most important part of wearing a white shoe is that it blends with your skin and what you are wearing and doesn't end up being the focus of the look in a ‘shocking’ way.” Not sure my new purchase will fit in with this criteria, unlike SJP below, but I’m willing to give it a go.



Would you wear white shoes? Perhaps you can help me out with what clothes you think my booties would work well with; it appears a white outfit is the norm?

Later x

34 comments:

  1. No - on my opinion this season white shoes are a must! Thanks for showing your selection, now I have only to get the perfect one or two or three for me :)

    xx
    Rena
    http://forcailini.blogspot.com

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  2. I'd definitely wear white shoes. I own a pair that is my absolute favorite. But they get dirty easily so I have to be careful selecting when and where I wear them

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  3. I love white shoes since I've bought my asymmetric white high heels. Your boots ale lovely!
    Great photos in this post :)

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  4. Love your post and your boots! I have that dilemma too regarding high heel white boots and pumps... (white flats look perfect anyway). I fist saw SJP two year ago at fashion night out wearing white pumps and I thought that was courageous ... Two years later...Yes, I am ready, I will wear them!
    xxx
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com

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  5. lovin it great style. Keep on going!!

    xx Domenic

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  6. Well I love white shoes! I've always love them even when they were not so "a la mode"... ;-)
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for your comment =) nice post, i like balmain!

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    xx

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  8. I love white shoes, I'd love to get a pair as yours, so beautiful!!:) Kisses! xo

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  9. Hey Colleen, I believe you can wear the white boots with not only white clothes, but also with pale/lemon yellow and pale blues dresses. They look quite good with these colours too! Hope this helps!

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  10. Lovely shoes! I love the outfits and I never thought of buying white shoes but I guess this changed my mind.

    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.wordpress.com

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  11. White shoes are totally having a moment. So many people at London Fashion Week were wearing them! Can't wait to see how you style yours. xx

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  12. i must say that i have no issue with white shoes at all - and your booties are really elegant.

    red shoes is a different matter - i think with red it depends on context.

    some people can carry it off and some cant.

    but i think with white shoes it has to be of quality otherwise it can look really cheap. in all ways...

    but you can totally carry it off.

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  13. love this post! thank you for posting this! I so want a pair of white heels! can you believe I don't own any pair of white heels? This makes me want to look for the perfect pair for me :) !
    I'm so into black and white for this season coming. I already bought a cute black and white stripe blazer from Macy's :D !
    see you around
    Elsey
    http://whisperingstyle.blogspot.com

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  14. What a great post! You are right - white shoes have always been 'tricky' but the ones you have selected are stylish. I especially like the flats and the Zara ones with the ankle strap. Your booties are lovely. On the catwalk the all white looked very polished and summery too.
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  15. Oh how I love this,babe!
    xx
    B.
    http://www.beeswonderland.com/

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  16. i, too, learned early on that you should never wear white shoes!! so i never have. but there seems to be no fashion rules these days as anything goes. i would try something that has a white toe with a wooden (or other) heel??

    it looks great on the runways with white...maybe something patterned with white?

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  17. Amazing picks of the shoes! Although WHITE shoes they area bit "tricky" I have a big crush on them-the one you've picked are Just perfect!

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  18. WOW! Those are some awesome booties!

    xo Lulu
    simplylulustyle.com

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  19. I love white shoes, specially pointy toe pumps! I love a softer shade of almost cream too! Cool pics! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style Delights Blog

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  20. Thanks for sharing your opinions ladies. I really enjoyed reading them. I'm going to have a little snoop in my wardrobe at the weekend and find something to wear with my booties!

    Have a good weekend ya'll x

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  21. Woooow i love this white shoeless

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  22. thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! i really love your blog and style, maybe we can follow each other? (:

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  23. I love white shoes - they do look great.

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  24. Oh, I love the pumps of Sarah Jessica Parker:)

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  25. I have white brogues and I love them. White shoes are great:) x

    Post on my 'night out' outfit is now up:)
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    1. Oh yes I saw those on your blog - they did look amazing x

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  26. I wasn't a big fan of white shoes before but now I do, white is definitely the "it" color for this upcoming season! :)

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  27. I love white shoes!!! nice post!
    Have a nice sunday!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  28. Snow white? :)

    Loving it! White is such a lovely color and really shows curves off beautifully.

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  29. i'm not a fashion 'victim' at all. let's say i follow trends but only the ones i like & the ones who fit my body. I hate white boots. especially if they're not combined probably they do not look really great. I'd go for heels & sandals tho.

    So I'd say YAY & NAY after all.


    thank you again for your great comment!

    xx

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  30. followed! before i was a bit 'meh' about white shoes but they're defo growing on me! you can never go wrong with white on white or maybe something floral? love the post, and thanks for the comment xx

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  31. can i wear a black and white dress with nude heels?
    white pumps shoes

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