posted by: shoesense in Shoe Trends on January 25th, 2007
I stumbled across this article in Financial Times, Walking all over fashion, and let me quote you from the shocking intro:
[In Rome], apparently, the very latest thing is to wear two completely different shoes. Glossy-pictured proof is a red suede mule and a green patent pump sold as a set for women or for men, or a boot and a dress shoe in matching brocade.
The author goes on to argue that this is the new trend in fashion, and quotes and/or invokes a few shoe designers or executives to that end, but I’m not entirely convinced. For example, the only line of shoes that I know to be specifically designed as non-identical are Camper’s ‘Twin’s collection (prominently featured in this article). But I wouldn’t call these exactly missmatched:
On the contrary, they’re perfectly coordinated, same color scheme, same shape and last. They’re non-identical, but nevertheless quite recognizable as the same pair of shoes. The type of missmatching the author talks about is, however, deeper than that: boot with pump? red suede with green patent? Now, that’s taking it a little farther than I’m comfortable with. Apart from a Camper spokesperson, the other evidence brought in this article is the designers’ love of assymetry and the alleged content of a tourist brochure to Rome.
But maybe she’s on to something and I don’t know it? What do you think? Would you wear missmatched shoes, and how far would you be willing to go? Can you–or anyone–pull it off? Meet me in the shoe trends forum to discuss it!
(found via Miss Meghan)