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We love…two-tone shoes

My favourite summer shoes are a pair of Topshop two-tone wedges in dark pine/sage green with a wooden stack heal. I bought them several years ago and although green shoes may sound tricky to wear, they are surprisingly versatile because of the two colours which actually match a lot in my wardrobe.

Now that the cooler weather is upon us, I am seeking a wintry version and am pleasantly surprised with the deliciously desirable options available from Melbourne names such as Karine Emanouel, Walnut Melbourne and other high street labels. Two or more tones work well in many different shoe styles and in a multitude of ways. From subtle tones to ‘look-at-me’ bold contrasts in black and white or bright colours, multi-tone shoes provide versatility and variety to any wardrobe, occasion or season.

1. nude footwear’s Rosalie button shootie is proof that classic black and white never dates (Coco Chanel would be proud!) Black and white combinations are striking and therefore must be worn with confidence. The patent leather also polishes off this look.

2. Mimco’s Sarah platforms demonstrate that two-tone looks can include texture as well as colour. The patent embossed snake leather used against the soft black suede in these shoes make a strong statement with contrasting textures. The tonal neutrals and black in these shoes would jazz up any black outfit or provide a solid foundation for chocolate/caramel hues.

3. Walnut Melbourne’s patent black/nude ballet flats also have a contrasting toe cap, as well as contrasting heal and bow. Attention to detail, demonstrated through rows of stitching on the bow, as well as metal clasps to finish the bow ends has been invested in these chic shoes.

4. The use of more than two colours sometimes works surprisingly well in certain shoes (particularly those with straps). The three colours used in Karine Emanouel’s Birdcage platforms are unusually complimentary, resulting in a bold shoe that would breathe life into an otherwise plain black outfit.

5. Contrasting toe caps are another way that two-tone variation has been introduced to footwear this season, as seen through Wittner’s Marc retro heels. The matt/shine effect of the black patent toe cap against the red matt leather results in a distinctive shoe.

Wise words by Courtney Symes
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