12 shoes that prove that white sandals are a summer staple

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(Image credit: 2021 Edward Berthelot)

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.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.