Navigating the white shoe trend was tricky at first. There was a chance that you might be mistaken as an extra in TOWIE if you got it a bit wrong, but when you see them on the Celine runway and read that Vogue’s editor is a fan, you know it’s a fashion ‘thing’.
Writing a column for The Daily Mail, Alexandra Shulman sums up their appeal – “the hint of bad taste that is an intrinsic part of their charm” and their “utter devil-may-care impracticality”– especially in the drizzly UK. And naturally they have been embraced by celebs, who unlike us mere mortals need not negotiate dirty London pavements.
Whilst Rihanna wears hers with utility wear and countless bloggers team them with denim for some unexpected sex appeal, Gwyneth Paltrow rocks hers with an LBD for ‘an element of surprise’.
So assuming you use Snap Fashion to identify a suitably chic pair of white stilettos (not too high, suitably pointy with absolutely no embellishment) that are oh-so-Celine and similar to Manolo Blahniks’s perfect pair, here are Alexandra’s top rules-ish.
*Whatever you do don’t wear them exposing lots of flesh! This is for WAGs and TOWIE girls only. They stiletto is a sexy pop in an otherwise practical outfit.
*“Anyone considering wearing them with a pair of shorts on holiday should have their passport revoked (unless you are Alexa Chung).” We completely agree. A deep fake tan with white shoes can look a bit to 1980s and if you do wear them with a skirt, it’s best that it’s swishy and feminine or office appropriate and for the hemline to graze the knee – or there abouts.
Team white stilettos with slim cropped trousers or rolled-up boyfriend jeans to draw attention to your ankles. They look great with the minialist and monochrome trends.
Channel Celine and team your white shoes with a super luxurious-looking camel or wool coat, or wear them with metallics for a modern under-the-sea look.
Not strictly a court shoe but so cool – The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine – natch. One of our fav blogs.
On the runway a la AW12 Celine. J’adore.
Christian Louboutin’s python white pumps are b.e.a.u.tiful but cost £600+. We found a super chic and retro-styled pair from LK Bennet and a simple style from Topshop using Snap Fashion. Oh yeah.
Diane Kruger manages to pull off her white shoes with a short but demure mini dress
I love Rihanna’s cool and casual look
Gwyneth rocks the minimalist trend. Her shoes are by Stella McCartney.
A snap from Vogue’s best-dressed blog. Who would have thought you could team white stilettos with leather trous and looks so classy? #Skills
Love this denim look from We Wore What
Pics: The Daily Mail, The Man Repeller, Vogue, Tumblr.