How to Wear White Shoes this Summer

how to wear white shoes A very observant reader of this blog pointed out to me that I rarely style outfits with white shoes.  She’s right, I don’t.  White isn’t a shoe color I gravitate towards and, personally, I’d sooner grab a a nude pair, instead.  However, this is merely my opinion.  Fashion, being as subjective as it is, is rarely that cut and dried.  When it comes to white shoes they’re not right or wrong, ugly or attractive, or stylish or unstylish.

Yet, despite my personal feelings, here are my tips on how to wear white shoes because, after it all, it is after Memorial Day and you can now wear them without getting into trouble.  I’m just kidding…you know I think that rule is silly.  In the outfits below, I chose white shoe styles that I like, like wedges and strappy sandals.  White pumps, on the other hand.  No way, no how will you find me creating an outfit using those.  I don’t care how subjective fashion is, I just don’t think woman should wear them.  Don’t agree?  Start your own blog and create all the outfits you want.  😉

How to Wear White Shoes this Summer

Outfit #1- White Wedges

how to wear white shoesI actually don’t mind white wedges.  Something about the chunkier summer style makes them work.  I can’t put my finger on why I find this acceptable, I just do.  Here I like this pair by Via Spiga styled with this floral dress from Modcloth for a fresh summer look.  Finishing the outfit, I added this navy Brahmin handbag and chunky pearls from Stella & Dot.

Outfit #2

how to wear white shoes Another white shoe style I don’t mind is a casual pair of sandals.  You know I love my Birkenstock Gizeh sandals.  While I don’t own a pair in white, I think they are quite cute.  Here, I styled this white pair with cropped boyfriend jeans from J. Crew, a Lucky Brand printed top, coral vegan tote from Nordstrom and blue drop earrings from Alexis Bittar.

Outfit #3

how to wear white shoes Like the previous sandals, I like this dressier pair from Ann Taylor.  The straps make the white look more stylish than covering the entire foot.  In this look, I styled these shoes with a pair of Theory cardamom culottes, (get more tips on how to wear culottes here) white wrap top from Zara, a straw bag from Modcloth and pendant from Max & Chloe.

Outfit #4

How to wear white shoes Even if I were to wear an all white outfit I’d probably go with a pair of shoes in nude.  However, if you want to wear white it certainly is an option.  Maybe you received an invitation to P. Diddy’s White Party?  I don’t know how you roll.  If you want to go head-to-toe white, a pair of strappy dressy heels, like this pair from Lauren Ralph Lauren, looks stunning with this white dress from Reiss that has been further accessorized with a clutch from BCBG and ear jackets from Bauble Bar.

Outfit #5

How to wear white shoes While I tend to like my white shoes to be strappier, I like the laser cut-outs in this flat slingback pair from Modcloth.  If you are going to go with a style like this, the cut-outs breaks up the white.  Here, they look super sweet with this full skirt from Boden, white lace blouse from Rebecca Taylor, blush pink bag from Diane Von Furstenberg, pink earrings from Stella & Dot and rhinestone bracelet by Guess.

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  • Stacie

    I am an RN and wore white uniform dresses, white hose and white shoes for Y-E-A-R-S…Now, that I don’t have to–can’t bring myself to wear white shoes….I hardly can bring myself to wear white jeans/dress pants:D

    • Oh boy! I remember when nurses dressed that way. Did you have to wear the little hat too?

  • Jeri Hartzell

    Agreed on the no white pumps. I just can’t do it either. Watch, soon the next generation will wear them with everything like most women now wear black. That’s something else I can’t seem to do now that I live near the beach. It just seems too heavy and wrong somehow.

  • stacie

    I have my RN hat, but I was never required to wear…thank goodness:D

  • Carol S

    Hi, I found that I wasn’t looking at the shoes. Loved the outfits as a whole especially the blue flowered dress. Thank you

  • Maneera Saxena Behl

    Thank you so much for this post Bridgette. I love all the outfits, but I particularly LOVE #1 and #5. Super cute!