How To Embrace The Mismatched Shoes Trend

There’s a delicate balance to being just the right amount of disheveled. It comes in the forms of uncombed hair (guilty), unintentionally wrinkled clothing (forever guilty), and stained T-shirts (eventually guilty by the end of the day). And now another form: mismatched shoes (soon-to-be guilty after this story).

The last time I wore mismatched shoes was in one of my repeat nightmares in high school where I caught myself in class wearing one blue sneaker with one yellow boot. But once I saw the one-red, one-white pair of shoes come down the spring '17 Céline runway, I was intrigued at how this trend would play out (sometimes a trend doesn't fully hit the mainstream until a few years later, and other times it never does). But Phoebe Philo is probably the only person in the world who can commit a fashion "faux-pas" and change my mind about it.

The ultimate catalyst pushing me outside my comfort zone and convincing me to style some non-matching shoes was when I came across these "two-tone geometric high heel mules" at Zara. Finding two different pairs of shoes that match (but don't match) each other is, at first glance, a daunting and expensive task. But if you're anything like me and cling to one style (and buy it in a variety of colors and fabrics), you’ll soon realize you're actually getting at least three pairs of shoes for the price of two.

Ahead, some thought starters on how to successfully make two things that aren't made to match, match. Isn't it thrilling?

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Sneakers are a good foray into the limitless universe of of mixing and matching possibilities for your shoes. Add some jewelry to keep things feeling interesting without sacrificing the comfort of some good Keds.

Golden Goose Komo Trouser, $1,680, available at Golden Goose; Keds Ace V Leather, $69.95, available at Keds; Urban Outfitters anklet; Emilio Cavallini Soft Diamonds Socks, $18, available at Emilio Cavallini.
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Play up different textures for the rest of your outfit, while still keeping the colors in the same family. Our crystal ball tells us this hue is going to be big in the coming months.

Lorod Quilted Cropped Jacket, $597, available at Opening Ceremony; Lorod Wrap Around Placket Top, $330, available at Shop Super Street; Golden Goose Komo Trouser, $1,680, available at Golden Goose; Keds Ace V Leather, $69.95, available at Keds; Urban Outfitters anklet; Emilio Cavallini Soft Diamonds Socks, $18, available at Emilio Cavallini.
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Double the clashing, double the fun. Mismatch your socks to make sure everyone knows that this was intentional and yes, your shoes are deliberately not matching.

Altuzarra Christofor Pencil Skirt, $1,195, available at MatchesFashion.com; Darner Mesh Socks, $38, available at Darner; Mansur Gavriel Grosgrain Elegant Slide, $475, available at Mansur Gavriel.
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And since there's already a whole foot party happening below, keep the style simple up top with a sweater that gives a subtle wink to your right shoe (and left sock).

Solo Six Sunday Collar Sweater, $190, available at Solo Six; Altuzarra Christofor Pencil Skirt, $1,195, available at MatchesFashion.com; Darner Mesh Socks, $38, available at Darner; Mansur Gavriel Grosgrain Elegant Slide, $475, available at Mansur Gavriel.
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Black boots are the go-to. But if you let yourself, there are more options than you might have thought. An easy break from black boots are white ones. Wear them together, and you're a walking style icon.

Creatures of Comfort Drape Slip Skirt, $375, available at Creatures of Comfort; Urban Outfitters Small Floral Tight, $16, available at Urban Outfitters; Shop-Pêche Glen Boots, $98, available at Shop-Pêche.
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Simple shoes mean you can play around more with the rest of your outfit. Our sparkly skirt and possibly the softest, fluffiest sweater we could find tie everything together.

Maiami Striped Sweater, $285.76, available at Maiami; Creatures of Comfort Drape Slip Skirt, $375, available at Creatures of Comfort; Urban Outfitters Small Floral Tight, $16, available at Urban Outfitters; Shop-Pêche Glen Boots, $98, available at Shop-Pêche.
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Through this process of trying to match unmatchable shoes we learned that, sometimes, all your have to do is find a similar style (or the same heel height, at least) and throw them together. No need to find the same fabrics or colors. These sneakers are a testament to that.

Topshop Moto Vinyl Jamie Jeans, $100, available at Topshop; Golden Goose May Sneakers, $460, available at Golden Goose (Left); Golden Goose May Sneakers, $460, available at Golden Goose (Right).
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Monochromatic outfits ensure the main focus is on your shoes. And the other focus is on those pants. Safe to say vinyl bottoms may be loud and squeaky but they look damn good.

H&M Silk Blouse, $79.99, available at H&M; Topshop Moto Vinyl Jamie Jeans, $100, available at Topshop; Golden Goose May Sneakers, $460, available at Golden Goose (Left); Golden Goose May Sneakers, $460, available at Golden Goose (Right).
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These shoes almost feel as though they were made to be worn together. The satin strap on one echoes the body of the other, and so begins a well-balanced conversation between your right and left foot.

Suzanne Rae Embossed Faux Crocodile Maryjane, $385, available at Suzanne Rae (Left); Suzanne Rae Turtle Green Satin Maryjane, $330, available at Suzanne Rae (Right).
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Since our shoes already echoed each other flawlessly, we figured the rest of the outfit should too. Enter: the color combination you never thought you would love. Pink and forest green are a surprisingly perfect fit, which only feels right considering all of these shoe pairings are happy accidents too.

Sincerely Tommy NW Top, $150, available at Sincerely Tommy; Veda Freeman Leather Jacket, $1,148, available at Veda; Sincerely Tommy Salt Jeans, $265, available at Sincerely Tommy; Suzanne Rae Embossed Faux Crocodile Maryjane, $385, available at Suzanne Rae (Left); Suzanne Rae Turtle Green Satin Maryjane, $330, available at Suzanne Rae (Right).