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It all started with Céline's S/S 17 runway. Models traipsed down the catwalk in a colorful collection of footwear, mixing and matching hues on each foot—a red and a white bootie here, a black and a white sandal pairing there. Moschino and Calvin Klein soon followed, the latter in a more subtle way with alternating embellishments, and the former in true over-the-top fashion. But how do we get this trend to translate from the runway to the everyday?
When it comes to puling off mismatched shoes with the chic aplomb we've seen on the runways, there are a few rules to keep in mind. First, stick to like finishes. That means if you are going patent with one shoe, seek a patent pairing. Alternating finishes can be easier to pull off if you're utilizing neutral colors, but if you're new to the trend, sticking to similar finishes is a safe starting ground. Second, unless you're feeling particularly adventurous, choose a neutral for at least one of the shoes. A pop of color can be a fun focal point for your overall look, but two brightly colored shoes can quickly overwhelm your outfit. The final and probably the most important rule is in order to mix and match from two different pairs of shoes, they need to be the exact same style in alternate colors. If they aren't the same style by the same brand—regardless of how similar they look—you'll find yourself wobbling after putting them on. Mismatching shoes can be a fun way to practice a little color theory in your dress, but it's a challenging trend to take on. Follow these rules, and it'll be a lot easier to pull off. Keep reading for 18 pairs of mismatched shoes, from the subtle to the adventurous, and try the look for yourself.
Who What Wear Carolina Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals in Red ($33)
Who What Wear Carolina Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals in Black ($33)
A clean, classic design is a great starting point for venturing into mismatched shoes, like the no-nonsense block sandal here.
A collection of mismatched shoes wouldn't be complete without Miu Miu's alternating strappy pumps.
Olive Suede Open Toe Mid Heel Slippers in Grey ($154)
Olive Suede Open Toe Mid Heel Slippers in Mustard ($154)
The pop of yellow steals the show, but it's balanced out by the accompanying gray.
For everything intentionally mismatched, look no further than Jacquemus's many alternating heels.
Madewell The Greer Mule Sandal in True Black ($90)
Madewell The Greer Mule Sandal in Burnt Ember ($90)
When in doubt, include a black shoe as the base of your mismatched pair.
Fendi tackles the mismatched trend with stylish ease, as witnessed by these adorable fur slides.
LOQ Villa in Nectar ($325)
LOQ Villa in Blanco ($325)
Yellow and white make for a summery take on this trend.
Soludos has its fair share of espadrilles featuring mismatched embroidery.
H&M Sandals in Black ($30)
H&M Sandals in Yellow ($30)
The barely there design of strappy sandals makes it a good model for experimenting with alternating colors.
Everlane Pointed Slide in Bone ($145)
Everlane Pointed Slide in Light Sage ($145)
Any excuse to buy two pairs of shoes instead of one.
Céline Soft V Neck Pump in Brown and Orange ($1200)
Céline Soft V Neck Pump in Silver ($890)
Take the mismatched trend to where it began with a pair of Célines.
Aldo Villarosa in Red ($80)
Aldo Villarose in Black ($80)
A sensible block heel is made adventurous with alternating colors.
Chloé's intentionally mismatched mules have a mostly navy base that gives the look focus.
Acne Studios Adriana Silver Metallic Sneaker ($430)
Acne Studios Adriana Leather Sneaker ($400)
Fashionable sneakers are supposed to have a tongue-in-cheek edge—and the mismatched trend looks so natural here.
Sometimes all you need is a little alternating embroidery to get in on the mismatched trend.
Topshop Nevada Ankle Tie Sandals in Black ($80)
Topshop Nevada Ankle Tie Sandals in Nude ($80)
Pairing neutrals is a safe stepping stone into the mismatched trend.
Zara Slingback Leather High Heel Shoes in White ($60)
It's tough choosing between sea green or white in these adorable slingbacks. The mismatched trend puts that worry to rest. (Get both.)
Del Toro's collection of mismatched smoking slippers is too cute.
Up next, summer 2017's It shoes are the good kind of weird. Keep reading to see what they are.