I Thought This Low-Heel Shoe Trend Was “Tacky”—Dakota Johnson Just

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Trust Dakota Johnson to convince me that the one shoe trend I had written off as looking a little “tacky” can actually look incredibly chic. Stepping out in L.A. on Wednesday, the actor completed her casual yet elegant outfit with a pair of low heels in white leather, before wearing the shoe trend again with an all-white look. Needless to say, I’ve never been more interested in owning a pair. Let me tell you why.

Firstly, they’re more versatile than I thought. For her first outing, Johnson chose to pair them with some hip-grazing low-rise jeans, which immediately contrasted the glamorous nature of the small heels. Leaning further towards the casual side, she styled her daytime look with a crisp white tee and layered a cosy black cardigan over the top. This is the sort of look I know I could throw on for a multitude of occasions, be it work or grabbing a bite to eat with friends.

Dakota Johnson wears white heels with low rise jeans.

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Just hours after she was snapped in her jeans look, Johnson wore her white low heels again, this time in an entirely different way. Reaching for a tailored suit set in a crisp white shade that complemented the shoes, it was the sort of outfit I’d lean on for the more formal occasions in my calendar. For weddings, I’d switch the suit for a brighter or pastel colour; the white shoes, however, I’d keep in place. I also know they’d pair just as well with a light, flowing dress for a fresh summery look.

I have to admit that I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to white leather items. I remember buying a pair of white heels when I was 14 or so, and my mum made me return them because of how “tacky” she said they looked. Apparently, this notion spans generations. Perhaps it’s also the way I’ve seen them styled—I’ve just found them to be less elegant than heels in darker colours.

But seeing Johnson’s outfits has changed my mind completely, and it’s because of two things. One, the styling, which we’ve already discussed, and two, the tone of her shoes. Whereas other white shoes can feel stark and jarring, her pair has a slightly warmer undertone, which I think makes them look much more refined. This is perhaps something to look for if you too have been avoiding wearing white shoes all this time.

Dakota Johnson wears a white suit and white low heels.

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Clearly, Johnson isn’t alone in her love for a white, low-heeled shoe; brands across the board have been quick to perfect their styles for the summer season. Perhaps this is the year we’ll rewrite the narrative surrounding white heels, and I for one am very open to the idea. If you need further inspiration, scroll on to see Dakota Johnson’s white-heel looks shopped out below, as well as my edit of the very chicest white, low-heel shoes.



Clean Cut T-Shirt


Clean Cut T-Shirt in White

Coco Cardigan, Black

Almada Label

Coco Cardigan in Black

Almada’s cashmere cardigans are sumptuously soft and a pleasure to wear.

Volume Jeans - Wide

Low-rise, baggy jeans aren’t going anywhere this year.

Gold Vermeil Siren Muse Large Hoop Earrings

Monica Vinader

Siren Muse Large Hoop Earrings in 18k Gold Vermeil

The perfect finishing touch for any off-duty look.

Pointed-Toe Slingback Pumps

Charles & Keith

Pointed-Toe Slingback Pumps in Chalk

There are already on their way to selling out.


H&M, Oversized Linen-Blend Blazer


Oversized Linen-Blend Blazer in White

H&M really does excel at summer suiting.

Wing Sunglasses - Cat-Eye

COS X Linda Farrow

Wing Sunglasses

Shield your eyes in style.

H&M, Tailored Linen-Blend Trousers


Tailored Linen-Blend Trousers in White

These hang so beautifully on the body.

Waldorf Kitten Heeled Mule


Waldorf Kitten Heeled Mule in Almond Leather


MANGO, Strappy Heeled Sandals


Strappy Heeled Sandals in White

Mules are big news this summer.



Patent Finish Heeled Mules in White

These classic mules also come in black.

Heel Non-Structured Sandals


Heel Non-Structured Sandals in Ecru

These come in UK sizes 2–9.

Soft Knot Pump in Leather

The Row

Soft Knot Pump in Chocolat Blanc Leather

The small heel adds some extra height without any discomfort.

Brigitte Leather Mules


Brigitte Leather Mules in White

A classic pair you’ll always come back to.

Bare Leather Sandals

The Row

Bare Leather Sandals in White

If you’d prefer an ankle strap.


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