Celebrities and style bloggers are photographed all over the place these days wearing bright white sneakers.  The look is  widely touted as a sure-fire way for mature women to look youthful and sporty.  Here’s the reason you might want to think twice before jumping on this particular band wagon.

When you look at the collage of sneaker-clad beauties below, where does you eye invariably land?  On their feet, right?  If that is the part of yoursef you’d prefer to accent, if you want no-one ever to look at your face or make friendly eye contact … this might be just the look for you.

But if you want to look taller and sleeker and to have people connect with your non-verbal communication thru facial epressions, avoid all that brightness at the bottom of your look.  To paraphrase a famous footwear manufacturer:  Just DON’T do it!

A sleek, comfy sandal or even a bootie, in a color that echoes the color(s) of your hair, will instead encourage people to look upward to your face, your eyes, your communication centers.  You’re much more likely to make a personal connection … and you’ll appear taller and trimmer in the process.

What’s not to like about that?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Patricia Clements on July 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I like your blog and have two copies of your books. And you are right about these photos, however, I have to admit an addiction to shoes from “Inner Art World” and “Yes, We Vibe”. They are lots of fun, but don’t distract as much as the bright white.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

      I’m quite a shoe addict myself, and have to constantly filter my purchases thru the lens of “where will the attention go?”. I don’t know the brands you metioned, so it will be fun to check them out.

  2. Liz on July 30, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Excellent explanation of why to avoid those white shoes, Nancy. I never could quite figure out why I found them so jarring. Not only the color contrast but also that it takes me away from the part of the person I want to focus on.

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