Since last year, 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 I 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.
Style Notes: The quickest way to make any print pop? Add white boots.
Perfect with jeans or dresses.
Style Notes: Go tonal by teaming white boots with a midi dress and a chunky knit.
Just as cool with midi skirts and dresses as they are under cropped trousers.
Style Notes: How to make white shoes look elegant? Go for a low heel, add straight-leg jeans and toss on a pastel coat.
Wear these anywhere.
Style Notes: Team white slingbacks with leggings and a vinyl trench to nail smart-casual dressing.
Slingbacks are your new wear-anywhere heels.
Style Notes: White ankle boots and a red jumpsuit make for the perfect pairing.
These classic boots are going straight in the basket.
Style Notes: Finish your wedding guest look with a pair of square-toe strappy white sandals.
Wear these with everything from floaty frocks to jeans.
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Style Notes: Trade your go-to heels for a pair of bright white pumps like Giorgia Tordini's.
White heels done right.
Take on two trends in one with Neous's directional heels.
Style Notes: White flats are ideal when paired with a denim mini and a basic tee.
Style Notes: Look for cropped or ankle-grazing trouser lengths to show off shoes with statement details.
These are so chic.
Style Notes: Scared of head-to-toe white? Load up on accessories to break things up.
Patent finishes are a huge trend right now and super easy to clean.
Style Notes: Unpack your socks now; adding a slim sock in trend-led colours will give white heels a fresh lease of life.
A wardrobe essential.
Style Notes: Go tonal and wear whites head-to-toe for maximum impact.
The minimalist in you needs these.
Style Notes: Statement boots don't come much more dramatic than these.
These are sure to be a sell-out.
Style Notes: White boots are a great alternative to trainers.
Add these to your online shopping basket stat.
Style Notes: Want to go for something slightly different? Try Western boots (in white, of course).
Style Notes: Take a tip from Victoria Sekrier and add a pair of low-heeled white shoes or loafers to your work wardrobe for easy 9-to-5 dressing.
Perfect with midi skirts or trousers suits.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.