This riff on color-blocking fell into style last year, with fashion week cool kids touting divided, half-this, half-that garments for all the street-style photographers to capture. And there’s a reason why the trend photographs so well — it adds a visual oddness to an otherwise plain outfit. Add a pair of two-tone boots to an all-black ensemble, for example, and you’ll immediately elevate your look. Minimal effort and barely any decisions required.
The first pair of two-tone footwear I fell in love with was designed by contemporary shoe label, Yuul Yie. And really, I still believe that no one does it quite as interestingly as this Seoul-based brand. But there are a few contenders, and more and more designers (both high and fast-fashion) are latching onto the trend and dreaming up their own iterations.
A few weeks ago, when I posted my own version of the divided look — a pair of bicolored black and yellow leather boots — I received the most comments and direct messages I’ve ever received on a single clothing item. Maybe it’s because it looked so unusual. Maybe it’s because lemon-yellow was just crowned the new “it” color by Vogue. (Here’s the magazine’s guide on, erm, “squeezing” the color into your fall wardrobe).
Whatever the reason was, I was ecstatic that my friends and fellow instagrammers responded to it with the same kind of excitement that I felt when I first saw the boots online. (Which, by the way, I accidentally shipped to my old address in Arkansas, and consequently, I had to track them down, pay extra for shipping and wait for way, way longer than I’d hoped.) Although this particular pair isn’t available for sale anymore, while sleuthing around my favorite corners of the online fashion world, I did find a handful of alternatives for you to add to cart this fall.