1 ITEM – 3 WAYS – WHITE SNEAKERS

And yet another Friday rolls around just in time! This week seemed extra jam-packed but it was a pretty good one. I had my 30th birthday on Tuesday and to be honest it hasn’t really sunken in yet. It only really hit me when I was doing a quick survey and could no longer check the age 25-29 box like I used to. But I’m feeling good about the year ahead and even more optimistic about the decade to come. From what I’ve heard it’s the best one to be in!

But now onto today’s post! As promised I’ll be taking 1 item and styling it into 3 looks each week throughout the month of May. These posts will be a little bit different from my usual outfit posts in that I’ll be sharing some key info on the main item and then keeping the outfit commentary on the lighter side. It’s certainly not that I don’t love writing about styling tricks and delving into looks more thoroughly but I’m short on time at the moment and this will give me a much-needed breather. My other outfit posts will still have lots of that good stuff so not to worry.

The first item we’re looking at in this series is hugely popular the shoe world right now and it’s known as the WHITE SNEAKER. Seen on just about every blogger, celebrity or style star out there this shoe is a resurrected trend from the 90’s that’s made a huge comeback and appears to be here to stay!

So here’s a bit about the pair I have and 3 not-so-predictable ways to style them! 


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ITEM – THE WHITE SNEAKER


These are the ESPLAR Sneaker in white leather by the Brazilian sustainable shoe brand VEJA. In the responsible style world these seem to be the white sneaker and after owning and wearing this pair for literally 1 year to the day, I can say they’re worth the hype. Honestly though, when I first got them I felt a little out of place in my sneakers. As if I was pretending to be cooler than I really am, which was obviously part of the motivation to get them. But now that I’ve reached for them a zillion times and found they work with almost everything in my closet, they’ve officially secured a place within my personal style spectrum. It’s funny how a wardrobe item can go from feeling foreign and unusual to being a familiar comfort. Kind of like a song you don’t love at first but then end up memorizing and singing along to.

Here’s a few facts about this pair in particular and some fit, wear and care info too!

1 | RESPONSIBLY MADE | These shoes are ethically crafted in a high-standard factory in Porto Alegre, Brazil (a well-developed region in South Brazil), which has good working and living conditions, respect for worker dignity, and effective trade union representation.

Fun fact: this shoe was named after the Brazilian NGO which brings technical support to the organic cotton farming families Veja works with in North Brazil since 2004.

2 | MATERIAL | The leather upper is made from low chrome vegetable-tanned leather, the inner sole is recycled cotton and the  Amazonian rubber sole.

LEATHER – Veja only uses leather with low impact on the environment that is sourced from Porto Alegra, Brazil. This means leather tanned with low-level of chemicals, traced and does not come from areas of deforestation, and only requires low levels of water during the tanning process.

RECYCLED COTTON – These fibers come from the waste of Brazilian textile industries and are used to create a high quality canvas. 3% of PET is added to the process to strengthen the final fabric. Crafted and sourced in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

WILD RUBBER – Each Veja outer sole is made of 40% of rubber from the Amazon rainforest. Fair prices are always paid to rubber tappers and use of wild rubber from the Amazon increases the economic value of the forest and helps to fight against deforestation.

3 | PRICE | $120 USD

4 | FIT | I wear a US7 and have a narrow foot so I ordered the 37 first since the fit notes say these run large. Sadly, they were too short so back they went and I exchanged for a 38. The 38 fits great in the length but they are wide on me. This doesn’t bother me at all and with the laces you can adjust the fit quite well.

5 | BREAK IN | I’m not going to lie to you, these were a b*tch to break in. The tongue is stiff and dug into the top of my foot (to the point of bruising) and around the ankles I got blisters. So I put band aids where the issues were and after some more long walks they broke in and now they’re honestly the most comfy shoes I’ve got! But just be ready to do some breaking in. That said, it could just be my feet and I’ve heard lots of people say they had no issues so you could be fine!

6 | WEAR | I wear these with a small sockette (like these) because I don’t really love the look of socks in sneakers like these. A super low cotton ankle sock would work well too.

7 | CARE | I must confess I haven’t done a whole lot to protect these over the last year and what you see in the photos is what they look like! Not as fresh and white as when they arrived but definitely not bad either. I haven’t even needed to wash the laces yet. The only part that gets weird is the small panel of suede on the back. This part got some indigo rub off from a pair of jeans and that wasn’t easy to get out but a little mild soap scrub with an old toothbrush freshened them back up. Now I spray that part with suede saver and it’s been fine. Otherwise I just wipe them off with a wet cloth and the leather part is as good as new! It’s a specially coated leather so it’s not as susceptible to moisture and dirt. The leather sole has gotten a bit brown with wear but I’m ok with it.

8 | LONGEVITY | So far these sneakers have shown no signs of slowing down and neither has the sneaker craze. I’d say if you’re in the market for a pair of white sneakers, these are a great call!

FEEL FREE TO DROP ME ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THESE! 


OTHER ALL WHITE SNEAKER OPTIONS: Maybe this pair’s not for you and that’s ok! There are lots of options out there right now and I’ve made a note of my favourites below.

  • Original Achilles Low by Women by Common Projects – These are the holy grail of white sneakers. $411 USD. Made in Italy.
  • Tournament Low Canvas by Women by Common Projects – A canvas version. $376 USD. Made in Italy.
  • Kent Lace Up by Rag & Bone – These are an ultra-minimal option with no logos or mixed materials. $325 USD. Made in Portugal.
  • Tennis Steffi by A.P.C. – If I were brave enough to try a canvas sneaker, these would be at the top of my list. $310 USD. Made in Portugal.

Of course there are the big brand classics like the Adidas Stan Smith, the Converse Chuck Taylor, the Vans Slip On and the Superga 2740 Cotu. Just depends on your budget and how much you want to support a brand that’s looking out for the environment and it’s workers.



LOOK 1 – CORPORATE CASUAL


Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers


When I was trying to come up with a few new looks to pair with these sneakers this was one of the first ones that came together. Of course I love this neutral colour palette but my favourite part is the mix of structured and casual elements. The blazer and pants are more tailored and formal while the plain white tee and the sneakers are totally relaxed. The tote is a happy medium between the two both in context and in colour and it helps to bridge the gap.

I cuffed the sleeves of my blazer to add a bit more a laid-back feel and I think that helps a lot. Plus it creates a bit of repetition in that my ankles and wrists are bare thanks to cropped pants and sleeves. Honestly, I feel this look is working the best of the three I’m sharing today but that could also be because it’s more along the lines of my typical silhouette.

TRY THIS LOOK YOURSELF BY: 

  • Grab a dark pair of trousers. They need not be cropped and wide, they can be just about any dark pants. 
  • Tuck a plain white tee into them.
  • Add a light blazer, ideally in a relaxed fit but any one will do, and roll the cuffs.
  • Grab a neutral canvas or leather tote.
  • Slip on your sneakers and you’re all set! 

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers


1 | BLAZER | Old From Club Monaco | Similar option available via Reformation $228 USD.

2 | V-NECK TEE | Old from Zara | Similar by Everlane $35 USD.

3 | WIDE-LEG CROP | c/o Everlane $68 USD | Wearing a size 4 with the waist taken in.

4 | SNEAKERS | VEJA $120 USD | Wearing a Size 38 and typically a US7.

5 | TOTE | Cuyana $150 USD |

6 | NECKLACE | Another Feather $92 USD |



LOOK 2 – DRESS UP


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Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers


This look was an experiment that resulted from my desire to pull out my cropped tops despite the cool Spring spell we’ve been getting. It’s a bit outside my comfort zone but I’m liking the mix of proportions and that this duster colour works so well with dark denim. I would have normally paired this look with my black Mars boots but the sneakers bring it down to earth (literally and figuratively) and give it a dose of urban cool.

When I first started wearing these sneakers more I wasn’t sure what bag to go with but I especially like the way that this simple, modern shape black one works with them. In this look the bag helps to keep the colour palette lean and adds continuity by matching my base dress colour.

TRY THIS LOOK YOURSELF BY: 

  • Starting with a long black tank dress. 
  • Topping that with a crop top that has a boxy or loose fit. 
  • Then add a duster coat that’s a bit shorter than the dress.
  • Add a pair of comfy white sneaks and a simple black bag.
  • Keep your accessories/jewelry simple to non-existent and let the unique layers be the statement.

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers


1 | DUSTER COAT | c/o ESBY APPAREL $386 USD | Wearing an XS. | Receive $20 OFF your first order when you sign up here.

2 | KATE DENIM CROP | Ilana Kohn $166 USD | Receive $20 OFF your first order when you sign up here.

3 | TANK DRESS | c/o Eileen Fisher $210 CAD (25% OFF and price matched) |

4 | SNEAKERS | VEJA $120 USD | Wearing a Size 38 and typically a US7.

5 | ELOISE BAG | The Stowe $387 USD | Made in Canada.



LOOK 3 – BOLD COLOUR


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I love how these sneakers work with wide legged pants and midi length dresses but I wanted to test out a skinny jean look that was super simple and yet statement making at the same time. Cue the white skinny jean and a whole lot of green! Granted this is a mega dose of colour but it’s one of my favourites to wear, especially in the spring and it’s a fun way to push the limits on both my style and colour palette.

This is working for a couple of reasons. The first being that these greens are very similar but not identical so you get an ever so slight variation of tones. The second is that both the top and coat are made from the same raw silk material so they’ve got lots of drape, texture and movement. Paired against a stark white pant and shoe it feels fresh but not over the top and the earthy complimentary tone of the oxblood bag adds just enough extra colour to the mix to keep it interesting.

TRY THIS LOOK YOURSELF BY: 

  • Starting with some slim white pants cropped at the ankle.
  • Then pick a colour you love to wear on top.
  • Double it up with a coat, long sweater or duster in the same colour range. Bonus if they’re the same material!
  • Roll up your cuffs a couple of times to keep the wrists free. 
  • Grab a neutral but contrasting bag and slip into your favourite white sneakers! 

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Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers

Style Bee - 1 Item - 3 Ways - White Sneakers


1 | GREEN DUSTER | Ali Golden | Sold Out but same style different colours can be seen here. | This is a great made in USA option for $120 USD.

2 | BLANK CANVAS TEE | Jamie + The Jones | $120 USD |

3 | WHITE SKINNIES | Madewell | $180 CAD | Similar made in the USA available here.

4 | SNEAKERS | VEJA $120 USD | Wearing a Size 38 and typically a US7.

5 | BAG | Vintage | Similar available here.



SO TELL ME, HAVE YOU HOPPED ABOARD THE WHITE SNEAKER TRAIN?

If yes, are you loving it? If no, what’s the hesitation?

ARE YOU A FELLOW VEJAS FAN? WHAT PAIR DO YOU HAVE/HAVE YOUR EYE ON?


WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! 


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40 thoughts on “1 ITEM – 3 WAYS – WHITE SNEAKERS

  1. Hi Lee! All your outfits look wonderful! I was wondering…what size are you wearing in the Ali Golden Notch Jacket? Thank you 🙂

    1. Thank you Mina! I’m wearing a size Medium in the notch coat because that was the only size available where I bought it on sale. Normally I am a size S. I love the fit but it is quite relaxed. If you’d prefer a slightly more fitted shoulder I would take your usual size. Hope that helps! xo

  2. I have a pair of the Veja Esplar sneakers and love them, but…the tongue on one of my shoes always slides all the way to the side after about 30 minutes. No matter how much I tighten or adjust them, it always happens. I’ve had them about six months but don’t like to wear them for that reason! Which is sad…they look so great otherwise. I have another friend who had had the same issue. Have you had this problem w/ Veja (or any other sneaker) and know why it happens / if there’s a fix?

    1. Hey Jenna, That’s so frustrating. I haven’t noticed that with mine but have you tried looping your laces through the little tongue toggle thingy? That would probably help! xo

  3. All of these outfits are great. These sneakers have that classic look like they could be a part of a Wes Anderson movie costume. I ordered the 3-locks version of this sneaker for summer (I get too lazy for laces whenever it’s hot) and strangely, those are running a bit large on me. Will make it work with inserts! Thanks for sharing all your review info!

  4. I’ve been on the fence about that Jamie + the Jones top, but it looks so great in these pics! Is it easy to tuck into pants or skirts? I need a top that could work for office and casual looks.

    1. Thanks Alissa! It’s one of my favourite tops. To fully tuck it into pants or skirts, they would have to be high waisted. It front tucks very well but the hem curves up so the sides are a bit shorter. I hope that helps!

  5. Happy birthday, Lee! No reason to be anxious or afraid of the new decade – things change gradually anyway and not with a certain number or date;-)
    So, what look do I like best? Tie between 1 and 3. I struggle myself with styling sneakers with skirts and dresses. My feet are rather big (European 41, I think that would be a US 10) and I always felt i was wearing canoes on my feet.
    I did get some white canvas sneakers this spring. I got some with a rubber cap, so they don’t look quite as big.
    Here’s a great ethical brand for the European blog readers: ETHLETIC. Reasonably priced, a variety of styles, and comfortable to wear. I got the fair trainer white cap in white with the red stripe. I like them with cropped mom jeans and a white top.

  6. I think look 3 is my favourite – I love a bold look! To be nothing beats a pair of white sneakers and some blue denim jeans. I’m actually white trainer-less at the moment, after wearing my Keds out. I’ve never heard of Vejas before but I’ll be sure to check them out.

    1. Thanks Tara! Totally agree that denim and white sneakers were made for each other. Definitely how I wear them most. For this post I wanted to try some less common outfits and see if they worked 😉 Veja has so many great sneaker options worth a look! xo

  7. I’ve had the exact same sneakers for two years now and I love to see some new style ideas – thanks for that 😉 Mine don’t look as good as yours anymore, I might have to get some white shoe polish as the leather is becoming a somewhat brittle. I didn’t have a problem with wearing them in but I had the feeling that the sole feels a little hard when you’re wearing them for some time. Could be that I was only wearing super-cushioned sneakers before that though…

  8. Lee, just found & LOVE your blog!!! This is unrelated to this post but I am wondering if you would mind sharing what size you have in the Georgia ivory silk dress? Thank you 🙂 .

    1. Thanks Laurie! That’s great to hear 🙂 I wear an OS in the Georgia Dress. It’s a beauty, can’t wait until it’s warm enough for it! xo

  9. I’m not on the white sneaker train, and I don’t think I will be. I don’t think it looks bad on anyone else, but when something is a trend I always ask myself, “would I buy this item if it was NOT a trend, just because I actually like it for real?” For example, birkenstocks. That’s a train I’m on! They’re a trend AND I happen to really think they look great! Lol. But white sneakers just don’t do it for me. I wouldn’t buy them myself if everyone else wasn’t, and the longevity I like to see in an item just isn’t there because of the dirtiness factor. I got a pair of grey Allbird sneakers recently and they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn in my life. And they’re ethically and sustainably made! But your outfits look great with your white sneaks Lee!

    1. I have quite the opposite thought process going on in my head… when something is a trend and I’m concidering buying it, I find myself thinking “Do I want to buy this although it’s a trend?”… I don’t like the idea of following trends and I would never buy something just because it’s trendy. But sometimes I do like something and it’s also a trend, for example Birkenstocks and white sneakers… but finally I just look at it as an opportunity to buy something that I like anyway. The fact that it’s trendy means it’s available easily for at least some time.

  10. Hi! I just got a pair of Vejas and was really worried about the comfort at first. So I put in a pair of sport insoles (I have high arches) and now they’re mega comfy. Thanks for the outfit ideas! I have that Ali Golden duster in the green and a J+J tee top in the same colour. I had thought about pairing them but wasn’t sure if it was too much green. I’m definitely going to try it now that I’ve seen you pair them!!

    1. That’s great to know Charis! Will keep that in mind as I have high arches too. The top and duster are definitely a lot of green haha but worth a try with a neutral base 🙂 xo

  11. I had the same issue with a pair of Adidas Superstars I bought a couple years ago (before I started shopping more responsibly). I just feel like a poser in them sometimes. I wish I had found Veja before I bought them. They’re super comfy and I love how they look, but there are so many memes making fun of girls for wearing them. And it’s like, why can’t girls just like things without everyone attacking them for it? It’s like Stan Smiths and Superstars are the PSL’s of shoes. How dare a girl like a thing that most other people happen to like! It drives me nuts. Just let people enjoy things! *crying emoji*

  12. Oh my gosh! I love the second outfit… like a lot. Plus, I adore the fact that you felt like white sneakers made you cooler than you really were. That’s how I feel every time I wear mine especially since they are new and are still super white. I do think that all your tips apply to whatever color your casual but not exercise sneakers are. Great Tips! Keep them coming please 🙂

    1. Oh man I know! Haters gonna hate, especially when it comes to fashion haha. Takes thick skin to rock a bold trend these days! Where them with pride girl, I have no doubt you rock them! xo

  13. I thought that maybe my feet had a unique geometry that clashed with the Veja esplar tongue, glad to know I’m not the only one, hah! That said it is breaking in, but I don’t plan any long stretches of walking while wearing them yet.

    1. Haha nope, not just you! I found wearing them with a thick ankle sock helped soften the tongue a lot. Hope they break in for you soon! xo

  14. Lee,
    Happy Birthday! Speaking from experience, your thirties are a great decade. Enjoy! I was wondering about your Ilana Kohn crop top. I just looked at the rest of her clothing and it is all amazing. Could you comment on the fit and quality of the denim crop? Do you own any other pieces from her?
    Thanks,
    Ann

    1. Thanks so much Ann, great to hear that 🙂 I have a size S in the Kate crop and would probably go for the XS next time but it’s not crazy huge. The quality is impeccable. Really clever design and detailing like a deep hem and the fabric is beautiful. It’s the only piece I have from Ilana Kohn but I’m always oggling her work. The latest collection was outstanding!

  15. Thank You for the “try this yourself” lists! So helpful!
    Will be pulling my white tenners out to change things up. Love your outfits & suggestions.
    Your variety in each outfit gives me such a “stamp” on my pieces. Not all jeans…. really like that…. totes/bags, dress, wide leg, slim jean, dusters( pulled mine out), AND color!
    Question: do you think it is ok to remove belts from my dusters and leave the loops, or have a loose belt hanging in the back( like a loose ‘U’)? Not sure about the belts…?
    Your style is rich, classy, edgy, & FUN! Grateful for Style Bee!
    You are giving me a “new eye” for combining and honoring what I have, what I can let go of, & what I can put on my “wish list”.
    Have an amazing birthday weekend…. happy birthday blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful note Patricia! You’re so sweet 🙂 I say go for it with removing belts. Whenever I leave the belt undone it slides out and tying at the back works but can be annoying when you sit. If you end up loving the coat sans belt you can have a tailor remove the loops, or do it yourself with a stitch ripper. Hope that helps! xo

  16. Love white sneaks. I wear a pair of Supergas I got a few years back. I just love your style, and wish I had your budget, however, I do have many similar items that do fit the budget I have. So I love to see how you mix and match them for such a gorgeous style. Thank you for being out there for me to pick up some new ways to do that! I absolutely love the corporate casual look you posted today. I’ve done that one myself many times, and LOVE how I feel…put together, yet sooo comfy! I had to laugh when you mentioned your birthday (Happy Birthday, by the way!!! I hope you had a wonderful one! ) My hubby and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary the day before your 30th birthday! haha!! Just know that your style speaks to us older chicks too!!! Timeless!

    1. Thanks so much! So glad you find the styling posts helpful and applicable. That’s what I always strive for! Thanks for the birthday wishes and happy anniversary!! xo

  17. I love all of your looks, the sneakers go so well with different outfits! I’m especially i love with your white blazer… I reeeeally want a relaxed “casual” blazer that I could wear to the office!

    As for white sneakers, I’m wearing mine right now! Wish I’d known about the Vejas a year ago when I bought my Stan Smiths… I love how they look! I had always steered away from white shoes because they obviously show dirt and stains much easier, but honestly… Wearing my Stans for a year without doing any maintenance on them hasn’t left them looking any worse for wear. They’re still very much white and I think the few scuffs and marks on them just add to the character. 🙂

    White sneakers will be a staple in my wardrobe for many years to come. They are infinitely versatile and oh so comfortable. I walk to work so I end up wearing sneakers almost every day anyway for the commute… You can guess my excitement when sneakers became a thing outside of streetwear circles!

  18. wow, I abolutely love the third look! I am wearing today a variation, with green trouwers and light grey (close to white) on top. But what I really wanted to say is that I fully share your concern about “pretending to be cooler than you actually are”, I had the same feeling when I bought my sneakers a year ago, after at least 5 years without wearing any sneakers, except for sports/camping. I was definitely a late adopter on the sneaker-rage 🙂 I even got a remark from my boss the first time I wore my white sneakers to work (not in a negative way, he was just “surprised”)
    so thanks for sharing this inspirational & relatable post today!

  19. Love white sneakers and wear them all the time once the snow melts! Actually have a pair on today! Lol!
    Converse have always been my go- to because they last for years and a good wash cleans them up easily.
    Being pregnant and due at the end of the summer made me get slip on Vans, like the ones you had, but perforated (non see- through!).
    Happy belated birthday Lee!
    Every year is such a blessing. Enjoy! Xo!

  20. I absolutely adore white sneakers. I wear them with almost everything, but mostly in the office. The “corporate casual” look is my jam! 😉 I’m lucky that I don’t have to wear fancy clothes to work, because I love wearing relaxed, comfortable clothes. I also find the dress + white sneakers combo really cute! (And, again, comfortable!)
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

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