Greetings, friends! Today I’m styling a stripe cardigan outfit with white leather sneakers. I figured this was a good follow-up post to my fashion sneaker reviews.
When we photographed this look, I was thinking the Greats Royale was going to be my winner-winner-chicken-dinner. Now I’m not so sure, but I haven’t given up on them just yet either. I still love how they feel when I slip my feet into those smooth leather lined vessels of Italian goodness! They’re just a little clunky on my thin, narrow feet, so I’m still considering a couple other pairs.
Reading all of your comments on my fashion sneaker reviews was very enlightening. Sometimes I think it’s not fair — I get hundreds of people helping me figure out my wardrobe. Who has that luxury? Your collective feedback is better than any one personal stylist. Honestly, I wouldn’t be nearly this far along in my personal style journey without the input I’ve had from blog comments over the years.
On Monday afternoon, I went back and forth between these Greats and the similar Veja Esplar, and every time I put a pair on, I was sure it was the one… until I wore them for a few minutes and started over-thinking their pros and cons and took them off and put the other pair back on…. and wash, rinse, repeat.
Who needs this shirt?
So you wanna know what I did? After reading through all of your comments and trying on the Greats and Vejas several times over, and I went to SSense and ordered these Golden Goose Superstars.🙈 I just had to know, you know??? Before I put this decision to rest, I wanted to try a pair of GGDB in my size and a color combo I like.
First of all, if you’ve never ordered from SSense, they are AH-mazing. I ordered on Monday at almost 2PM, and my shoes arrived via FedEx yesterday (Tuesday) at 9AM. NO JOKE! This is only the 2nd time I’ve ordered from them, and they carry mostly luxury brands, but if you’re ever considering a luxury purchase and want it fast, go to SSense.
Anyway, I really prefer the GG that are more neutral with less distressing (like this pair — but that pair is $615 in my size 39!!!) so finally I went ahead and ordered these because I was curious to know how I’d like having some black accents, and also they’re slightly less expensive than the average GGDB sneaker… for whatever that’s worth, ha!
As I said, they arrived yesterday, and of course I wasted no time trying them on.
They are super cute, and I do love this look, but seeing them on my feet confirms what I knew down deep inside all along — the styling is just a little too youthful/hip-hop for my conservative style.
Plus as I said in my review post, I did not want to spend 5 franklins on a pair of sneakers anyway — not that I think there’s anything wrong with that, if it fits your budget and you will get your cost per wear out of them — but for me personally, I’d rather allocate that budget elsewhere. The whole purpose of that post was to find a lower priced alternative… which evidently makes me a fashion victim. Ha!
So the verdict is, they’re going back… but not without a few tears. I am SO glad I ordered the 2nd pair because now I can lay the whole thing to rest. They’re not for me, but oh man, when I slip my feet inside… they feel amazing. They have some type of magical suede lining, plus I like the hidden wedge. I can see why some of you commented to say how much you love yours.
For a split second I considered keeping them just because they feel so good on, but every time I look at them, I know they don’t quite jibe with my personal style aesthetic. I also took them out last night — all of them, the GG, Greats, and Vejas — and gave my husband and daughters a fashion show, and they all agreed.
I know some people don’t care for the look of the bright white leather sneaker, but that is the look I’m drawn to most when I’m scrolling my Instagram feed. They have a classic look about them that works with my conservative style, but they also lend a fresh, modern vibe to sweaters and jeans outfits. They’re cool but not too hip, and the leather is practical all year-round. (As opposed to the canvas styles I tried.)
Which brings me back to today’s outfit!
This outfit shows you how I will style my new white leather sneakers when I decide on a pair. In addition to wearing them with jeans and sweatshirts for more casual days, I’m really liking the idea of pairing a fashion sneaker with a casual sweater and jeans outfit.
If you didn’t read my sneaker review post, these are the Greats Royale. Greats is a Brooklyn-born brand of shoes that are made in Italy with the goal of being the best footwear in the game at the best price. These shoes have been dubbed the “most accessibly-priced luxury sneaker in the world”, and I can get on board with that.
These sneakers are super luxe right down to the leather interior, and they’re $179. That’s not chump change, but for a luxury shoe, it’s pretty remarkable. Compare these to the $500 you’ll shell out for Gucci or Golden Goose, and you have yourself a bargain. Ha! Okay, I’m being facetious of course, but I do believe you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck with these sneakers.
They are heavier than some I tried, but I really don’t feel it when I put them on. They lace up snugly and fit comfortably even without socks. I’ve spent a bit of time walking around in them on the carpet in my home, and they really do feel great on. Haha… see what I did there?
My biggest holdback at this point is that they look clunkier than the Veja pair that I’m also considering. I also wanted to find a pair that isn’t so stark white, so I’m waiting to make a final decision until the Veja with the black logo arrive… nothing like complicating matters with more choices, right!?!
Now let’s discuss this cardigan because it’s really good and sizes are selling out fast. This is the Grey/Multi Stripe, and it does run really large… like even large for Caslon.
I ordered the small, and I think an XS would be more flattering. I prefer my cardigans to have a slimmer fit, but I love the material and the colors and pattern. It also has really well-placed pockets.
I wore it with black jeans and a white tee for a simple monochromatic look, but with a lot of contrast between the lights and dark tones in the outfit.
As an aside, I think bright white sneakers look best when there is white somewhere else in the outfit, or at least a lighter color. They can also really pop an all black outfit, so maybe I’ll try that next!
These are my Rag & Bone black skinnies from the #NSale, and I thought the raw edge looked particularly good with the sneakers.
Unfortunately they’re no longer available, but if you’re in the market for a pair, Madewell makes a good pair of black jeans with a raw hem, and this Paige pair has a fabulous faded black wash with raw hem and is 40% off. (For reference, I size up to 29 in both Paige and Madewell jeans.)
I love the current trend of layering delicates, especially with casual outfits. These two pieces are just enough to fill the neckline of the tee, and since they’re both on the shorter side, they don’t get in my way when I move around as longer pendants tend to do.
This is an outfit I can totally see wearing to run errands or meet a friend for coffee. The sneakers give the traditional cardigan a fun modern look, and the raw hem black jeans help to tie it all together.
These are one of my favorite pairs of shoes EVER. I know not everyone is a fan, but I love the way a backless loafer gives a feminine twist to the menswear-inspired style, and I feel like they take a basic cardigan and jeans from safe and maybe even boring to modern and fashion-forward. Both the white leather sneakers and the black suede loafer mules have a way of doing that.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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