White shoes are one of those quintessential 80s style trends that have reemerged in a big way for 2013, often declared “the new nude heel.” Although I associate them with chunky bridesmaid shoes, or paired with calico Easter dresses circa kindergarten, the modern white pumps are versatile and incorporate sleek silhouettes. As Vogue proclaims, “In the late Eighties, to a soundtrack of Madonna’s Like A Virgin, white stilettos became synonymous with trashy mini-skirts and the sort of girls one’s mother referred to as “common”, and that was it – it was all over for the spiked heels in blinding, brilliant white. Until now.” Below are just a few of the fashionistas bringing the trend back into prominence.
Diane Kruger (R) in Christian Louboutin.
Kate Bosworth in Casadei (L), and Blake Lively in Bottega Veneta’s White Wool Crystal Heel pumps (sold out).
Zoe Saldana (R) in Casadei.
Repeat Offender: Kate Beckinsale.
The trend also has its place amongst us plebeians, shown here on subjects of The Sartorialist.