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Thursday, January 5th 2012

Compact Color: Colorblocked Shoes

A truly great accessory makes an outfit out of clothes. Ray-Ban Wayfarers transform cutoffs and a tee into a California statement, diamond earrings make the simplest black dress a sophisticated gesture, and a truly killer pair of shoes work magic on, well, just about everything.

The joy of shoes is their poetic compactness: with so little surface area to work with, a design idea must be expressed succinctly. This makes them the perfect platform for one of my favorite trends: colorblocking. Look to footwear frontrunners Giuseppe Zanotti, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Marc by Marc Jacobs for brilliantly blocked shoes both simple and splendid.

--Rebecca

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