A series examining the outer edges of style.
When three wildly different, wildly popular brands embrace the same look, you know it’s a trend. And right now, Céline, Calvin Klein, and Moschino are all excited about mismatched shoes. It sounds crazy, but the idea actually seems to be making its way off the runway. Naomi Harris wore a pair at the Oscars earlier this year, as did Nicole Kidman at the Emmys on Sunday.
There are two ways to go about wearing mismatched shoes in real life. If you really want to commit, you could splurge on a designer pair and rest secure in the knowledge that they were created to look good together. Or you could buy two pairs of affordable shoes and wear one of each. If you attempt the latter, look for a timeless silhouette you won’t mind owning twice, and make sure at least one pair is a neutral to ground the other, more colorful shoe.
Still unconvinced? Think of it as color-blocking on your feet, and it might start to seem less scary. Black-and-white is an easy combination for beginners, and you can add in more color — or even a pattern — once you’re feeling comfortable. Scroll ahead to get into the trend for yourself.
Designer Pairs That Come Mismatched
The Artsy Version
The Blingy Ones
The Edgy Option
For Feeling Luxe While Running Errands
If You Want to Spend Under $500
If You’re Sick of Regular Oxfords
Affordable Options to Buy in Pairs
If You Want to Spend Under $60
At $28 per pair, this is an easy way to buy into the trend.
The Metallic Pairing
Black and Yellow
The Balenciaga-Inspired Option
Balenciaga has brought back the stretchy, clingy boot. Here’s a trendy way to fake the look on your own.
The Most Wearable Boots
White boots are still incredibly trendy, and you need a black pair of boots for fall, so buying these in both colors is almost a practical choice. Almost.
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