If you read Bag Snob, you’ll notice a theme here this weekend. Yup, Winter Whites rule! That’s the only rule you need to remember about white. And forget all the non-sense of packing away your whites after Labor Day.
Here are two very different approaches to the once-controversial white pump. Both variations make the shade autumn-appropriate, even winter wonderland-worthy – no nurse’s shoes here! Both offer something unexpected on the heel, just to keep things interesting. And both contain quirkiness and drama, in their own ways.
Bottega Veneta deals with texture and detailing in the only way they know how: superbly well. The traditional pump silhouette has gotten an exaggerated, Picasso-esque makeover thanks to a curved heel, yet it’s not so odd it’s off-putting to the eye. The amalgam of frayed cream wool and a rocky, crystal-embellished heel is dreamy, making for a lovely shoe to perk up anything from black turtlenecks to tweed pencil skirts.
Charlotte Olympia delivers ivory satin gone modern. All the fussiness has been subtracted, yet you’re dealing with a 5.5” tapered heel, pointed toe, and the most feminine of fabrics – brilliant. A separate platform creates the stage for heels that explode into not a fussy ruffle, but as Olympia calls it, a pleated fan.
Which white pump brings out your virginal side?
Bottega Veneta Glitter Pump at Barneys New York for $820.
Charlotte Olympia Paloma Fan-Pleat Satin Pumps on Net-a-Porter for $840.