Shoes, specifically those of the lace up variety, aren’t necessarily the first style that you would describe as colorful. Sure, you can find a pair here or there in maybe a forest green, deep navy or burgundy, but I’m sure you’re thinking, “it would be a smarter investment to purchase a more neutral pair that I will wear all the time,” because you guys are pretty rational when it comes to shopping.
What if I told you that could have your smart, basic shoe with a touch of color, too? Well, you can. Whether you prefer a brogue, oxford or derby shoe, a bright contrast sole is sure to make your standard black or brown style stand out just enough that it can still be worn on the regular.
THE CONTRAST SOLE SHOES: PAUL SMITH, $312
A bright, contrasting sole adds an unexpected pop of color to even the most basic outfit.
Wear it well: Dial the contrast up to 100 by building an outfit around the complimentary color to your sole.
Wear it well: Keep a polo and glasses from looking geek chic with a bad boy leather jacket and outdoorsy accessories.
Wear it well: Why not reach for some pants that compliment your sole?
Wear it well: Find a patterned jacket that calls back to the color in your contrast sole – the distance between the two gives you a little wiggle room, so if it’s not a perfect match, it’s fine.
Wear it well: Make a thick cuff in a selvage denim to show off your shoes – the selvage stitch may even match!