buy ugg This new trend is a divisive one
Let usstart by pointing out that the correct fashion term for this trend is ‘mismatched shoes’, not odd ones. Wearing ‘odd shoes’, apparently, implies that when you put those two, non identical brogues on your feet this morning, it was an accident. The fashion statements made by the street style set at Paris fashion week last month and on Instagramright now, are entirely deliberate.
It all started on the catwalk at Celine in September, when the instigator of all things cool and off kilter, Phoebe Philo, sent models wearing odd boots one black with one brown, one tan with one lemon down her catwalk. It was simultaneously bold and subtle, the kind of considered styling trick that Philo’s fans go wild for. And, like many of her recent fashion impacts (making trainers chic again, paint brush prints, et al) it is one that is easy to copy en masse.
The easiest way to do it seems to be to buy two pairs of the same style in slightly different colours or fabrications (see Naomie Harris’ opposing jewelledsandals at the Oscars last month, for example). No one is hobbling around with a stiletto on the left foot and a smoking slipper on the right.
“I think fashion should be fun, but I also don’t want to look ridiculous,” says Davies. “I love the fact that my mismatched sandals are all in the same colourway. I love wearing them with simple black or white, to make them the focus.”
“People are instantly drawn to the beauty of these shoes, however it is not until they put them on, look left and look right that they appreciate the harmony mismatched shoes can create.”
Alamein describes the “thrill of wearing something that goes against the grain” as being thekey motivator for the women who buy them, noting that they naturally challenge our ideas about what is acceptable.
Prices for Alamein’s sandals arearound 110, while Celine’s styles are decidedly more expensive, starting at around 540 andbeing sold only in theirmatching pairs.