The adage that one should never judge a book by its cover can be transplanted onto viral content, too. Take the recent frenzy around the Super Bowl, or more specifically, that clip of The Weeknd desperately haring around a mirror maze, wild-eyed and wobbly legged. Everyone and their dog on Twitter has been doing their best to chip in with a good “me, when…” caption (some nailing it; some missing the mark), but our attention was on the wrong thing. Watch the clip again and look at Mr ‘knd’s two-tone shoes – that’s the real scoop, here.
It’s a trend that’s been building. Two-tone loafers and brother creepers have traditionally been the reserve of rockabilly and new wave types, but that vibe has been permeating style for some time now. Hedi Slimane’s collections at Celine have perhaps been the biggest influence – ever since the first men’s show in January 2019, chopstick-thin jeans, white socks, leather jackets and leopard print have been on the rise – but so too has Gucci, which has made luxuriously eccentric editions of preppy staples its calling card. Incidentally, the normalisation of preppy clothing in general has had a big hand in this, too. GH Bass’s 'Weejuns', for example, seem to be more popular than ever.
Elsewhere, the lads at podcast Throwing Fits recently collaborated on a pair of two-tone horsebit loafers with Blackstock & Weber, which they described as “the only loafers that matter.” Based out of Brooklyn, B&W is mirroring the two-tone footsteps of Aimé Leon Dore, who included bi-colour wingtip brogues in their A/w’20 collection last year. In the UK, Dr Martens is a good place for your two-tone hit.
But nothing rubber stamps a trend like being worn at the Super Bowl halftime show. If anything, it might represent the zenith of the trend and hasten its demise... But we think it’s got legs. The new Celine show just came out and would you believe it, two-tone shoes aplenty. In fact, the whole collection was essentially a riff on the power of black and white, and how, really, not much can beat the combo in the style stakes.
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