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SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015 | THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | H19

FASHION
TRENDLET

ELIZABETH
WELLINGTON

"@EWellingtonPHL

Shoes with classic white


soles go chic in a variety
of patterns and
colors. CHRIS FASCENELLI /
Staff Photographer

A walk on the comfortable side

hite, rubber-soled
shoes are giving
girls (and guys) a
chic boost this
spring as athletic
wear continues to get a dressy
makeover.

The trendlet

Navy or neutral. Marsala or


metallic. Leopard-print or
white. Kicks of any color with
thick, white bottoms are cool
and comfortable. Meant to be
worn without socks, the shoes
look fantab with cutoff denim.
Girls get a needed lift with the
maxi dress. Guys should slip
on a pair when an event calls
for a linen or cotton-twill,
slate-gray suit. (Slate gray, by
the way, is the new khaki.)

Wheres it come from?

Todays white,
rubber-bottomed casual shoe is
a direct descendant of the
Converse All Star. Founded in
1908 by Marquis Mills
Converse as the Converse
Rubber Shoe Co., the
manufacturer soared to
popularity in 1921 when
basketball player Chuck Taylor
became its brand ambassador.
Wilt Chamberlain of the
Philadelphia Warriors scored
100 points in a 1962 battle
against the New York Knicks
while wearing the high-tops,
forever cementing Chuck
Taylors place in the shoe
game.
Brothers Paul and James
Van Doren introduced Vans

sneakers to the market in


1966. Those, with even thicker
soles, would prove popular
with skateboarders.
Over the years,
Converse-style athletic shoes
have served as a go-to for
street-inspired looks, from
hip-hop to grunge.
When Tory Burch made a
slip-on canvas sneaker with a
thick, white sole for her spring
2014 collection, the once-casual
shoe was catapulted into the
ladies-who-lunch realm. Other
brands, including Vince, Joie,
and Stuart Weitzman, produced
versions. Kanye West added a
swath of color to white soles
for his Air Yeezy collaboration
with Nike in 2009. But he went
solid white and thick-soled for

the Yeezy 750 Boost, released


in February with Adidas.

Whos wearing it?

These sneaks are versatile.


Jennifer Garner rocks them
mommy-style with jeans. Rihanna
prefers a more futuristic
approach, pairing metallic ones
with clean silhouettes. Kylie
Jenner is festival chic with cutoff
shorts, tassels, and maxis. Ellen
DeGeneres has a more corporate,
comfy look with her signature
pantsuit. And Dan Stevens takes
his rubber soles to the red
carpet.

Would Elizabeth wear it?

Yes. Slipping into a chunky


slip-on with a maxi is the
answer to my sometimes pain-

ful, sad summer feet. Finally, an


alternative to the flip-flop! Im
planning on buying multiple
pairs this summer.

Should you wear it?

Definitely. We should all take


advantage of this rare time in
shoe fashion history when
comfort collides with style.
+ewellington@phillynews.com
^215-854-2704 "@ewellingtonphl
(Clockwise from top right) Black-andwhite boucl slip-on, Sam Edelman,
$110; tan slip-on, Aqua, $350; leopard
print, Sam Edelman, $130; white on
white, Vince, $198. All available at
Peter Kate, 3830 Kennett Pike,
Greenville, Del., 302-656-7463,
www.peterkate.com.

DiGiulios is proud to announce the coming of the SAS Brand


to our Philadelphia Location

(with certicate only)


Not good with any other offers.
DiGiulio Shoes
Certicate good starting March 30 - April 12th
Closed Easter Sunday

Last Week
of Spring

Sale

DiGiulios
www.digiuliosonline.com

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