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Prior to all this staying-at-home business, I wore my fair share of heels. I can’t think of a time where I wasn’t wearing them to work (even when I was pregnant), and I really mastered the art of schlepping around in, well, uncomfortable shoes. But with so much time spent bunkered down, and falling out of practice with walking in uncomfortable shoes (as well as developing less tolerance for them altogether!) a lot of us are opting for comfort over everything else these days, and that goes for our shoes as well.
Before March 2020, I hadn’t owned a pair of white sneakers in years. Now I’ve got three different pairs! Not only are they ridiculously comfortable but they go with everything, so you can consider your ~$150 well spent.
Here are three of the best white sneakers going round:
#1 – Nike Air Max Ones
Nike sneakers (also here, similar style here), Arket short trench coat (sz XS), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses, Boldrini Selleria bag via Mirta* (read my review here and use 20QIXI for 20% off until 28 August 2022)
Fun fact, while I was at uni, I used to manage a street wear store and I had a huge collection of Nike sneakers (Any Sydneysiders remember SP3 in World Square? or Mooks/SP1 in the Galleries?!) Once I started working full time as a lawyer, my sneaker collection started to gather dust so I slowly parted ways with my shoes. It feels very nostalgic to sport a pair of old school Nikes again. I’m wearing a pair of re-released Air Max 1 sneakers in a beige/white mix. The design was first released in 1987, so the style is almost 35 years old. They still look as swanky as ever.
#2 – Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70
Fun fact no. 2: For the best part of high school, my white Converse Hi-Tops were my go-to pair of shoes when I wasn’t at school. Weekends, non-uniform days, hanging out with friends, my mum gave these to me for Christmas in 1998 and they were much loved for many years. My original pair didn’t stay white for very long, and I’m hoping not to repeat history with this pair I now have!
Meanwhile, Nike owns Converse, and they recently relaunched Converse footwear to take advantage of the 80s revival. The revamped Hi-Tops are now known as the Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Hi Top and they’ve got cushioning embedded in the sole. They were noticeably squishy when I first tried them on, a complete contrast to my original pair that were very hard and rigid! If you’re a half size like me, I’d recommend that you size down a half size. I’m typically an AU 6.5 and I wear the size womens 6 in these shoes and they fit me perfectly.
#3 – Everlane ReLeather Sneaker
And to round out my sneaker appreciation post is probably the most modern shoe design of the lot. These sneakers from Everlane are made partially from recycled leather and have been a welcome addition to my wardrobe. Not only are they easy to walk in, but they’re also easy to care for. Marks and scuffs come off very easily with a quick once over with a wet wipe.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I post details of all my outfits here (including helpful sizing notes and discount codes where applicable) and check out this cardigan that doesn’t scream old-lady style!