I’ve always been a sucker for two-tone shoes. They were big in the late 70s, early 80s. To this day I remember a pair of gray and white pumps I bought in London – 1979. They sported classic ornamental holes, punched in the shape of stars. Sigh. The shoes of our youth.
You don’t see too many actual spectators around these days, except in vendors of the classic. J. Crew carries the Mona pump on sale for a few sizes at $169.
Brooks Brothers, unsurprisingly, offers a t-strap for $198.
And you can find vintage, in a size 8, for $28 at American Apparel, and elsewhere I’m sure.
But recently, in my search for oxfords, I happened across these Gravatis at Arthur Berens, the iconic Union Square shoe store. Aha! (And no, I can’t wear these with skirts but who said shopping and logic will always share a bed?)
I settled on black and brown, preferring spectators, and everything for that matter, with a low contrast effect. I’ll wear them with a black tee or sweater, and jeans, or my brown cords. Might even attempt a little purple. You know, go crazy. I’ll avoid simultaneous button fronts, as the combination would exceed my menswear comfort point.
But the salesperson told me that Gravati does a trunk show at Berens every year. And, if you attend said show, YOU CAN ORDER THESE IN ANY COLORS YOU LIKE. Hot pink and burgundy, or marine and olive.
Wow. That’s the sort of Advanced Style I might attempt, you know, if absolutely everything else on my body were navy blue.