If you’re looking to invest in just one spring summer shoe trend, then make it white sandals, as they have been a staple for the past few seasons now, for good reason. Once considered cheap and girl-band worthy, the white shoe, be in an ankle boot in winter, or a white sandal in summer, has the knack to elevate almost any outfit in an instant.
Over the last few spring/summer collections, it has been seen in many guises on the catwalks, whether a quilted square toe mule at Bottega Veneta, a chunky flatform at Prada or a strappy sandal at Jacquemus. Last year, the Row’s Ginza flip flop in cream was so popular that it’s been restocked for a second year running.
It’s easy to see why the white sandal is such a success. It is minimal, flatters most skin tones, and goes with pretty much any outfit, whether your wardrobe consists of minimal monochrome or maximalist florals.
I myself have several pairs I have been wearing on rotation for the past three summers: strappy kitten heel sandals by Zara, the aforementioned chunky flip flops, strappy flats by Studio Amelia, and wedge mules by Staud.
When I go on holiday, I pretty much only pack these shoes, as I know they’ll go with everything, and they haven’t failed me yet.
Floaty summer dresses, linen suits, florals, checks… there’s nothing they don’t elevate, and you can even get way with wearing them during colder months, with a little black dress or an oversized suit, the perfect going out look.
For spring/summer 2021, wear yours with a feel-good, colourful oversized dress for an effortless put-together outfit.
It’s not too late to get in on the action, as the past few seasons have proven that they won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Shop my edit of the best white sandals below, from the more affordable high street buys to the investment pieces by my favourite designers.
In the meantime, sorry other shoes, you’ll just have to sit patiently a little while longer.
Rixo's debut footwear collection serves up serious 70s vibes.
Crafted in Italy from butter-soft leather and hand-applied with Valentino's signature gold embellishments - each one is galvanized so it won't tarnish in the sun. Pair yours with everything from midi dresses to tailoring.
Featuring a chunky, padded thong upper and a comfortable footbed, these leather slides are crafted in Italy.
Manu Atelier's woven slippers are a classic in the making.
This chunky style has been a best-seller for the brand since last summer.
Thoughtfully crafted from soft leather, these open-toe sandals are made with a wide front panel with central seam detail. A clean, modern update.
The Row's 'Constance' sandals are designed with slim, asymmetric straps that interestingly frame the foot while creating a barely-there effect.
Wear these cage sandals with an oversized suit.
Crafted by hand in Italy, Fan features chic slender straps and is designed to a sharp square silhouette. The angled mid-heel adds just the right amount of lift for all day wear.
Hiking sandals are going nowhere, and I love DKNY's platform take on it for this season.
We love the woven detail on the sole of these designer sandals.
Made for summer days and getaways our Dee Dizzy Mule is crafted with a flat leather sole and with our signature logo.
Set upon an easy 45mm heel, these sandals showcase a contemporary square toe and slender ankle strap, secured by an adjustable buckle shaped in the form of Malone Souliers' signature logo crest.