Over the weekend, numerous pacesetting style editors and stylists wore the flat two-toned footwear—originally used for cricket in late 1800s—with chic aplomb. On the runways, the shoes were fierce punctuations to masculine/feminine clothes. Karen Walker, for instance, showed off the shoes’ versatility by using them with loose cotton shorts and dresses, while Rag & Bone featured them to convey the brand’s spring/summer ’09 message of feminine power dressing.
The look isn’t restricted to stylists and catwlks, however. Skyrocketing pop sensation Janelle Monae‘s retro-futuristic look is already replete with a pompadour, cummerbund and fitted tuxedoes—but it wouldn’t be complete without spectator shoes. Old never looked so new.
—Robert Cordero & Camille Drummond