Step Into White Heels

White Footwear

Calvin Klein, Spring 2012

Fall head over heels for white footwear this season.

It’s time to get ready for a fashion white-out as alabaster high heels are making a major comeback.

Coinciding with the Little Black Dress being given a makeover in the virginal color, white stilettos, sandals and pumps have been spotted on catwalks everywhere.

After being banished to the back of the wardrobe for some time, the eye-catching footwear dominated New York Fashion Week with Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg and 3.1 Philip Lim all sending their models out in the shade.

The master of clean, understated chic, Calvin Klein designed a vertiginous pair of Mary Jane style platforms to accompany his sleek suits and dresses in a nude or off-white color palette.

Queen of retro glamor Diane von Furstenberg opted for barely there sandals with a fragile ankle strap and skyscraper heels, while Philip Lim adorned his models’ feet with white mules.

So what is the secret to pulling off the look, which is set to be a scorcher this summer? Having been branded as ‘cheap looking’ in the past, rocking a white stiletto is all about combining it with the right cuts and materials.

The high fashion elite have been pairing the standout shoe with clean lines and elegant ensembles in luxury fabrics such as silk to avoid looking too brash. In terms of a color theme, the new white works well with a pastel or nude palette, injecting a bit of freshness into a muted outfit.

If you are feeling brave, why not try an all-white look as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Calvin Klein? For those preferring a less out there style, we recommend teaming the summer season must-have with a pair of printed or candy-colored jeans and a neutral T-shirt or knit for a more casual effect.