IF THE SHOE IN SHOE FITS

If the Shoe in Shoe Fits
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IF THE SHOE IN SHOE FITS



Written by Madeleine Cowley
22 Sunday 22nd May 2011

Shoe Layering is nothing new, these Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Layer Up Hi Sneakers have been kicking around on the high street for a few years. Designed to appear as a high top inside of a low top they can be worn with one or two laces, tongue or down and sides up or down.

But lately high fashion has been jumping on the shoe in shoe bandwagon. Balenciaga's Autumn/Winter 2010 collection featured designer Nicholas Ghesquiere's interpretation of shoe layering, citing his influence as "Cosmonauts and seventies Formica. Packaging and food boxes. Synthetic foam and plywood. And a kind of rigidity". His leather loafers slot into lavishly bold, colour block, industrial style brackets.

Spring 2011 has seen shoe layering taken to the next level with trendsetters combining and contrasting two separate pairs into one striking look.

Feminine floral canvas T bars are offset with clunkier leather sandals for ultimate shoe in shoe contrast

The perfect solution for the smooth transition from daywear to evening footwear, simply slip on a heeled sandal over your espadrilles for instant elegance and elevation.

The Vibram FiveFingers running shoes bear an uncanny resemblence to the leathery feet of our hominid cousins, by disguising them with a more attractive over shoe it is possible to retain the comfort and balance the barefoot shoes offer without compromising your sense of style.

Add a practical element and protective layer to your flimsy designer footwear. Above patent Marc by Marc Jacobs pumps have been strapped into sturdy Teva sports sandals that come with conveniently adjustable straps.

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