I Bought Into This Shoe Trend Years Ago and It's Still Right for Now

Since 2017, the white-shoes trend has been gaining ground. Sure, there are other things that automatically make you look rich—diamonds are a big-ticket item, and wearing taxi heels (you know, the ones you can't really walk in but that can be used with a chauffeur in tow) are all well and good, but nothing beats white shoes. Why? Well, by keeping them pristine, you've nailed an instant status-making way of saying, "I look after my wardrobe and don't run through puddles to get to the bus."

They've successfully ditched their trashy '80s reputation, and now, a pair of gleaming courts, sandals or ankle boots will nicely punctuate any outfit (especially if you're wearing black). They've also received plenty of designer approval from the most revered sources, so you're safe in the knowledge that white shoes are truly sophisticated.

If you needed more proof, the fashion crowd step out in a whole host of covetable iterations almost every day. From mules to spiky stilettos as well as loafers and classic court shoes, we found that every street style star's footwear of choice was of the white variety. Keep scrolling to see these and more white shoe styles in action, and then shop our favourites below.

White Shoe Trend: Ada Oguntodu in a pair of white courts.



Style Notes: Trade your go-to heels for a pair of bright white pumps like Ada Oguntodu's. 

White Shoe Trend: Emili Sindlev in a pair of white cowboy boots.



Style Notes: Western boots offer the perfect contrast to floral dresses and ladylike handbags. 

Style Notes: Pernille Teisbaek tempts us to invest in one more pair of mid-height mules.

White Shoe Trend: Monikh in a pair of white sliders.



Style Notes: Make white sandals look elegant by keeping hemlines long and silhouettes billowing. 

White Shoe Trend: Megan Ellaby in a pair of white Chelsea boots.



Style Notes: Upgrade your Chelsea boots by snapping up a fresh white hue, just like Megan Ellaby. 

Style Notes: White flats are ideal when paired with a denim mini and a basic tee.

Style Notes: Boots don't come much more statement Tamu McPherson's knee-high numbers. 



White Shoe Trend: Paloma Elsesser in a pair of white heels.



Style Notes: Look for cropped or ankle-grazing trouser lengths to show off shoes with statement details.

White Shoe Trend: Evangelie Smytniotaki in a pair of white boots.



Style Notes: If in doubt, white shoes always look excellent paired with grey, black and red. 

Style Notes: Finish your wedding guest look with a pair of square-toe strappy white sandals.

Style Notes: The quickest way to make any print pop? Add white shoes. 

The easiest thing to wear your white shoes with? It has to be jeans. Check out our favourite pairs here...

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.


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