We’ve all been through the agonising pain of rifling through our wardrobes with absolutely nothing to wear. On those days where every coordination imaginable seems completely irredeemable as the one, perhaps TikTok’s newest ‘Wrong Shoe Theory’ trend may be the sartorial solution for you to make things work.
Challenging the conventional rules of matching appropriate shoes with outfits, this theory goes against everything we once believed in when it comes to coordinated dressing. Gone are the days when the perfect shoe co-ord was the gold rule; today, fashion mavens embrace the unexpected, seeking to create an intriguing visual narrative through footwear choices. Coined by stylist Allison Bornstein on TikTok, the ‘Wrong Shoe Theory’ encourages us to abandon the safety of traditional pairings and embrace the thrill of juxtaposing shoe styles to create a visual difference.
@allisonbornstein6 how to make your look feek styled and intentional….. #stylist #stylingtips #sneakers #summerstyle @Lucy Williams @Lauren Chan @Kendall Jenner @Imani Randolph ♬ original sound – Allison Bornstein
Having hesitations? Picture the scene: a glamorous soirée, where a high-powered executive steps onto the scene, her tailored pantsuit exuding power and sophistication. Yet, defying expectations, she strolls confidently in an athletic sneaker, a playful nod to rebellion and a rejection of conformity. Perhaps the ‘Wrong Shoe Theory’ simply speaks to the rebellious nature of Gen Z, or it’s just high time we ditched the conventional decrees that once governed fashion. Across the board, we’re seeing fashion icons welcoming the trend with open arms, rewriting the rules with audacious elegance and style influencers are donning stiletto heels with casual denim shorts.
For the conservative dresser, the nuanced trend may seem hard to nail down, but never fear—below, find our style picks to pull off the ‘Wrong Shoe Theory’ with ease.