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The Shoes That Go With Everything (Yes, Everything!)

Over at My Chic Obsession, we love a good staple piece to add to our wardrobe. Something that can be worn time and time again and that will never go out of style. Whether you’re rushing out the door, or simply don’t know what to wear, you know you can always rely on your staple items to look great with everything. When it comes to footwear, you may be wondering, “what are the shoes that go with everything?” Well, the answer may surprise you, but a white sneaker is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Here are just five of the countless ways you can style white sneakers for every occasion!

ATHLEISURE

Shoes That Go With Everything

Loungewear and athleisurewear have become incredibly popular in the last year…and for good reason! You get the comfort of leggings and a sweatshirt while still looking fashionable if you need to dash out of the house. Throw on some accessories (like a cool pair of sunglasses or a belt bag) and your white sneakers, and you’ve got yourself a stylish, casual wear outfit without sacrificing comfort.

EVERYDAY WEAR

Shoes That Go With Everything

White sneakers function well all year round, and thankfully, look good with everything too. If you’re going for a more casual look, try pairing shorts and a denim jacket with your sneakers. Paperbag shorts are a great way to sophisticate your look, while sneakers and a denim jacket help bring the casual factor to your outfit. 

Another way to create a more elevated casual outfit would be to throw a blazer over a graphic tee and pair it with your favorite jeans. A blazer and dark denim will help dress up your look, but you could easily swap dark denim for a lighter wash to tone it down. The graphic tee and sneakers will bring more casual elements, creating an effortlessly chic look! 

CLASSIC CHIC

Shoes That Go With Everything

Blazers are a go-to in French style (which you know we love here), so it seems fitting to style a blazer two different ways with white sneakers. Pairing a white button-down shirt with a blazer is a favorite combo because of its timeless, crisp, and chic look.

Throw on a pair of cropped flare jeans or straight-leg denim with your white sneakers and you’re ready to take on the day. But don’t forget your beautiful handbag to complete this sharp look!

Whether your preference is black jeans or skinny jeans, it doesn’t matter, you can make white sneakers look classic chic with any pair of jeans!

DRESS IT UP

Shoes That Go With Everything

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Nothing screams chic more than a simple black dress and a trench coat! This classic look will make you feel classy and confident, and it’s a signature grab-and-go outfit for days when you don’t know what to wear.

Even a dressier outfit like this looks great with a simple pair of shoes. It might dress it down a tad, but it doesn’t take away from the beauty and simplicity of the look. You’ll still look as chic as ever walking down the street with your coffee in hand. 

SHOPPING FOR YOUR PERFECT PAIR

By now, you may be wondering, what are the best sneakers? Because when it comes to shopping for your white sneakers, we don’t just want any sneakers. We want a good pair of sneakers. Because staples like this are meant to last, after all.

My personal favorite is “The Forever Sneaker” by Everlane. They are comfortable, sustainable, and high quality! But if you want options, good news, I’ve got those too.

The best thing about white sneakers is that since they’re such a staple, you’ll find them at just about every retailer, but the trick is finding the best white sneakers for you.

I get that shoe shopping can be quite overwhelming. So here are a few things to keep in mind while you browse to hopefully ease your anxieties and help you find your next personal favorite.

1. Keep it simple

In order to make it a truly versatile shoe that you’ll get lots of wear out of, you want to find a pair with little to no details on it. A lot of options out there have some kind of detailing on them, whether that be colored stitching or designs. Find a pair that is plain white with a simple look.

2. Avoid distracting logos

If you stay up to date on what’s trending, you may know about the Golden Goose sneakers. These purposefully dirty, white sneakers are on the feet of (almost) every fashion influencer with a love for athleisure looks and casual shoes. Even though they are technically white, they have a distinct pattern and logo and shoes like that make it harder to pair with a dress or other elevated looks. Try to find a shoe without a logo, or if it does have one, make sure it’s discreet!

3. Comfort matters

You don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort! These will be shoes you reach for again and again so you want to enjoy wearing them. Whether you’re grabbing brunch with your best friends, taking the kids to the zoo, or running errands, you deserve to feel confident AND comfortable. Because wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re going to have a better time in comfy shoes.

Ready to shop? Here are a few options!

Lucky Dansbey Leather Side Dip Lace-Up Sneaker

Some things to note:

They elongate your legs

The way they are cut makes the top of the shoe taper down and show off the side of your foot. Because there is no harsh stop between your leg and your shoe, it gives the illusion that your leg is longer, which I think most of us desire!

They have an elevated look

The cutout on the side is simple enough to where it is not distracting but adds enough character for an elevated basic.

Price-point

These are a great price point for an item you’ll keep in constant rotation. With items you know will get a ton of use, the price per wear is something to consider more than the upfront cost. I’m willing to spend more on an item that will be durable enough to last for years, and even better if it won’t break the bank!

STEVE MADDEN HANLEY PLATFORM SNEAKER

This is a great option if you’re looking for something simple but a little more unique. These have a thicker sole creating a “platform” for you to stand on, but don’t let that deter you! They’re supportive enough to wear all day long. They are made with faux leather so cleanup and maintenance will be a breeze.

What women are saying: “I wore these all day with no issues. They go well with every outfit and can be dressed up or down. Perfect for spring and summer.”

KENNETH COLE NEW YORK ‘KAM’ SNEAKER

This pair is clean and simple, perfect for every outfit! These do have a little gold detailing on the back, however, I don’t find it to be too much because the rest of the shoe is so simple. The gold gives off a subtle chic vibe and I’m here for it! 

What women are saying: “These are really cute white sneakers. The basic gold accent on the heel is very stylish and perfect as you can wear them with any color of clothes which is what I was looking for. They are a true white and comfy as well, I also like that there isn’t a brand name plastered on them.”

MADEWELL SIDEWALK SNEAKER

Madewell has great quality pieces, and these sneakers are no exception! You can feel good about your purchase knowing the leather was “sourced from a tannery that achieved a Gold Rating from the Leather Working Group (LWG)”, and knowing your purchase supports sustainable practices. 

What women are saying: “These sneakers are so comfortable. They required no break in period. I love them! So much, I bought a second pair so I’ll have them for years! The best!”

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wearing sneakers from Everlane

Whether you go with a leather or a canvas sneaker, I think you’ll find that the sky is the limit with this type of shoe. There are so many ways you can wear classic white sneakers; I only touched on a few!

When it comes to staples and items that you can wear with anything, it will come as no surprise that I’ll always recommend neutral colors first. Though if you already have a pair of white shoes, then you may consider a style of black shoes instead.

There are so many types of shoes that go with everything, and though this post featured white, stylish sneakers, there are other styles to consider too! There are Chelsea boots for women that have more of a rugged, hipster style and ankle boots for your ever so timeless option. The perfect choice is the one that fits your lifestyle and works for you.

If you’re looking to build your wardrobe with other staple pieces, then check out the posts below!
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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.