Manolo Blahnik for Hillier Bartley; Thom Browne; Céline

Mismatched shoes — same style, different colors, worn together — emerged as a key spring trend on runways and at retail. Barneys New York embraced this Céline boot, with assistant fashion director Hannah Bibb calling it “an unexpected surprise….Imbalance is trending.” Thom Browne’s poolside “Stepford Wives” donned different versions of this wave-motif wedge with anchors and sailboats. They’ll be sold matched, except for one mismatched style. Manolo Blahnik teamed with British duo Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley on suede slipper loafers in contrasting colors. For Blahnik, who’s been mismatching shoes since the Seventies, it’s nothing new: “Who said two shoes have to be the same? It’s fun and rebellious. And yes, anybody can wear them — we are in an age of freedom, anything goes.”

This story first appeared in the October 26, 2016 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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