Often avoided and definitely misunderstood, the white shoe still suffers from a somewhat fabricated mythology associated with a county in the south east of England and the 1980s. But the style that was once associated with fashion fails has risen from the ashes, gleaming, proud and one of the coolest choices of footwear colours you can make this summer.
From chunky white trainers to simple white sliders, this renaissance has been on the rise for years and with an 80% rise in people searching the internet on where and how to wear white shoes, it’s a trend that people seemingly want to embrace but just need that little bit of encouragement that yes, it’s alright to wear white.
"From chunky white trainers to simple white sliders, this renaissance has been on the rise for years"
Personally, for me, there’s no better footwear staple than a white trainer. If I had to choose one shoe for the rest of my days, it would a white trainer because my love of them is that passionate. They are comfortable, versatile, cool and whatever your fears, they are a shoe for all ages. You are never too old or too young for a white trainer.
You can wear them with jeans, with midi skirts, with trousers and even with frocks. Treat them well and they will be your best friend. And when I say treat them well how to clean white trainers is a lesson you need to learn if you’re going to get on board with this look.
If trainers aren’t your thing – and where would we be if everyone wore the same shoes? – then try dipping your toe into this look with white sandals. Beautiful for the sunniest of summer days, white sandals are a wardrobe staple. From a simple two-part style to strappy heels. Just ensure your feet are ready for exposure after months under wraps and you’re good to go.
But while we’re more used to white trainers and white sandals, we tend to be less comfortable wearing white shoes. These are the styles that people seem to find harder to wear but I promise you, there’s nothing quite as stylish as a beautiful white lace-ups or classic white loafers. They have a touch of the 1920s about them and attract attention for all the right reasons.
"A cupsole white trainer is a thing of effortless beauty, so the Arlo Lace from our iconic Originals cannon is perfect for those wanting something less sporty"
From Clarks comfortable Unstructured range, the beautiful simplicity of the Un Costa Lace is hard to beat. Soft white leather and a matching rubber sole giving amazing flexibility as well as durability, these shoes wouldn’t look out of place with any casual summer outfit. Pair with chinos to really pull off laidback summer look or with a pretty floral midi dress to nail that summer garden party look.
A cupsole white trainer is a thing of effortless beauty, so the Arlo Lace from our iconic Originals cannon is perfect for those wanting something less sporty and more sophisticated from their white trainers. For a more chunky white trainers, the Tri Clara and the Trigenic Flex – again from the Originals range – should go straight on your wish list.