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(Im)Practical Fashion

April 8, 2013
tags: , , , manolo blahnik, , poop, pracitcal, , , , , white pumps
by Sonia


I am not the most practical person when it comes to fashion. I wear high heels in NYC and take the subway almost exclusively. I’ve also been known to wear suede in the rain. Neither of these habits are practical and that doesn’t bother me. But today I pose a question of practicality regarding the white shoe.

We all remember that scene in Sex and the City when Carrie is wandering around Paris in her fabulous white Manolo Blahnik’s and then squish! she steps in a fresh pile of dog crap. I cringe every time I watch this scene and to be honest I don’t think it’s because it’s dog shit, though that doesn’t help. It’s that here are these dazzling white heels that are just destined to get scuffed and dirty and watching it happen is like watching someone throw out a fresh pie of pizza. Stop! There was something good there! 

White heels are a one-way ticket to making an outfit effortlessly chic, but they’re also a one-way ticket to Dirtville; especially if you live in a filthy metropolitan city like New York. How do I know this? Because I have the hardest time keeping my whites white in this city. My white jeans have little grey spots on them (probably from wearing them while it was raining — hashtag not practical), and my white Alexander Wang bag has dark smudges all over it because I idiotically wore it out on New Year’s Eve. So, as much as I love the idea of a white pump, you can understand my hesitation. But that’s the practical side of my brain talking. The impractical side says to hell with dog feces, bubble gum, and any other delicacies found on the sidewalk. Be bold. Take a risk! BUY AND WEAR THE WHITE PUMPS.

So what say you? Do you think white heels are a smart purchase or completely stupid? There’s no doubt that they’re a staple, but a staple can only go so far until it’s ruined, right? What do you think? I really want to know.

Photo by Garance Doré
6 Comments leave one →
  1. Merc permalink
    April 8, 2013

    I have similar heels but in bright happy orange. Yes, they are suede and impractical for Scottish winters and the hilly streets of Edinburgh but they brightening my day. I call them my sunshine on heels. Every time I wear them I get numerous compliments and even strangers commenting on them. The make me simile - especially on grey Mondays. I’m holding off buying them in beige or white. Rock on…

  2. Paprika permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Smart purchase! Although I would save them for parties where they have little risk ahaxx

  3. Kirsten permalink
    April 9, 2013

    if you only plan on wearing them inside? ehhh i don’t know if it’s worth it. yikes did i just take the words right out of my mother’s mouth? oh boy

  4. Tasha permalink
    April 10, 2013

    I think they’d just get dirty! Even if you wore them inside, someone’s bound to bring in mud. At least thats what happens in my house!


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