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13th-May-2014 09:39 pm
Hi, I'm just gonna go straight to the point.
I have a pair of lovely, very old, very worn white shoes from Emily cute temple. Problem is that they are white and the color is slowly scuffing away. I wonder if I should refresh the color with a shoe coloring product or seize this opportunity to change the color of the shoes.

I have a mainly dark, gothic/classic wardrobe and a million black shoes to match

How would you style general gothic cords with white shoes?
Would you change the color to black?

Keep in mind that I will never sell the shoes so money value means nothing.

The shoes do not look this fresh in person
14th-May-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
I like the proper usage of white in predominantly black coords myself. I have no white shoes, though, but I think that this photograph does a pretty good job offering an example of a well-done coord primarily in black, but with 2-3 white accents. I'm sure even your dark wardrobe must have an old white blouse in it somewhere :)

I wouldn't change the color if you already have enough black shoes to go nicely with everything. I know I've successfully brightened white leather shoes using a magic eraser. But I think if they can't be cleaned up, I'd avoid wearing them with black 'cause it may just look more faded instead of stark.
14th-May-2014 09:55 am (UTC)
See, this is really an "in the eye of the beholder" thing because I think that girl is so cute and the outfit is so great but the first thing I thought is "wow that blouse ruins it all" and then the photo fully loaded and I saw the shoes and gave up. Especially sandals with black socks..but yeah, that outfit would have looked AMAZING with a deep purple blouse and similar shoes (closed toed...) so IMHO the white totally ruins it. :/
14th-May-2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well if your wardrobe is predominantly black and jewel tones, perhaps you could try coloring the shoes a jewel tone that you would otherwise never find in typical Lolita or otome brands? Then the shoes would be salvaged, and you don't have to try cords that you hate the look of.
14th-May-2014 07:23 am (UTC)
If you already have a lot of black shoes, I wouldn't make them black. Do you find white shoes useful at all, or would you rather have shoes of another colour? Since you have the opportunity, it might be a good chance to paint them something fancy like gold or silver or something.
14th-May-2014 09:54 am (UTC)
Personally I don't like the use of black and white. It looks like a server at Olive Garden or some kind of chorus recital. It can be okay but not used in blocks aka not the tights black and the shoes white, the color has to be mixed in the same piece of clothing. That's just my opinion. So if your outfits are all black I certainly would not use white shoes. But you could use white shoes with other outfits....though to be honest I think white shoes really only look good with sweet because of the opportunity to wear pastel socks or tights. You could paint them purple or navy blue, however.
14th-May-2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
What colour are the accessories/jewellery you most commonly use? For example, for me, I think I'd get a lot of use out of dark wine/blood red shoes for my gothic wardrobe, because two of my gothier bags have red in them and I have a fair bit of "ruby" jewellery (in fact, now I think about it, I probably should buy myself some dark red shoes), but if your wardrobe uses different jewellery/accents and your classic stuff doesn't include any wine red you should go with a different colour. I don't think you're going to be able to make those shoes look new in white again, so you'd probably have better success dying them a darker colour. Just pick whatever the dominant non-black colour in your wardrobe is.
14th-May-2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I usally like to use silver and gold, more chains and crosses than pearls and ribbons.
I usally go blackxblack or blackxgold than to use colors, if I do I use dark purple, and that classic motie blue.

my probelm is that to use that specific type of white shoe I need white stockings, and I'm not sure I like wearing white stockings all the time, I feel jinxed.
14th-May-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Perhaps spray-paint them gold then, if you can find a good way of doing so that won't crack? Black and gold looks very
opulent, IMHO, although I’m not as fond of black and silver (when the silver isn'tjust jewellery) because it usually runs into
the same problems appearance-wise as black and white does (often looks the same in photos) and silver clothing items
generally look weirdly futuristic in a way that gold metallics manage to avoid. If not gold, then purple/blue. If you have a
ton of black shoes already, those would be your best choice. If you don't like wearing/struggle to coord white at the
moment you're probably not gonna start liking it in the future unless you incorporate other white elements into your
wardrobe, so just change the colour.
15th-May-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you all for your help!
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