If footwear operates to punctuate an outfit, then white shoes – and particularly white boots – are the sartorial equivalent of the oxford comma. Falling in and out of fashion, they’re beloved by converts yet detested and thought of as absurd by non-believers. Which means that if you have both feet firmly in the No-Camp, then it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to convince you of their usefulness. But allow us to try anyway.
This season, white boots are a seriously easy update that will help to have your wardrobe looking spring ready.
That statement floral dress that you wore with black boots during the winter? Team it with a pair of white ankle boots instead for an immediate refresh. Ditto those raw hemmed jeans that you were worried were looking a little bit tired. While in terms of their matching powers, they’re no less useful than their black and brown counterparts.
Incredibly hard-working footwear, they’re the ideal transitional shoe, and particularly helpful for when the weather can’t quite make up its mind which season we’re in.
A simple way to flaunt your sartorial prowess, white boots come every which way this season, from unapologetically Dolly Parton-esque cowboy boots, as per the wider western trend (the blame for which we lay at the feet of Joanne-era Gaga), to a sort-of 60s gogo boot style. At the more directional end of the fashion spectrum, Virgil Abloh’s Milan based brand Off-White (one of most hyped in the industry at the moment) presents them as a quilted knee-high number, while at Maison Margiela, as boots inspired by the traditional Japanese Tibi sock, which would be worn with Geta.
And there’s also no reason why they shouldn’t be comfortable – we’re not talking about white stilettos here. Particularly given the ubiquity of both the kitten heel and the aforementioned cowboy boot, this is a footwear trend that does not necessarily require any tottering at all.
Still don't believe us? Take a look below and allow the boots themselves to convince you.
Brown And White Lou 90 Leather Boots by Kalda, £385
With the snakeskin trim to elevate them, these boots from Icelandic footwear designer Kalda are a super smart twist on the cowboy boot.