Weâve all been there. Having dressed bleary-eyed and in the dark, we arrive to work in a shirt with a splodge of ketchup down the front rather than the crisp, Daz-white one we intended to wear. Or so it appeared when Donald Trumpâs press secretary Sean Spicer was snapped in mismatched footwear at a White House press conference on Monday â one brown, one black. And lo, the internet exploded. Closer inspection strongly suggests that the shoe might have orthopaedic uses, although the fashion police are still investigating the matter.
In any case, had he passed it off as a DGAF move and owned his apparent mistake by adopting Theresa Mayâs infamous power stance rather than seemingly attempting to hide the shoe, standing behind Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, and Mick Mulvaney, Trumpâs budget director, as they discussed the Congressional Budget Officeâs findings on the Republican health bill, we might not have even noticed. Because what few have realised is that Spicer has unwittingly stepped out in the trend of spring/summer 2017.
Mismatched shoes are this seasonâs way of showing you know whatâs what when it comes to fashion. At the Oscars last month, Moonlightâs Naomie Harris wore a Calvin Klein By Appointment frock â the big deal red-carpet debut of Raf Simons for the label â and mismatched bejewelled heels. On the Paris fashion week catwalk at CÃ©line, a label known for being impossibly chic and French, one model wore mismatched white and black strappy sandals, another one red boot and one white.
Itâs a trend with highbrow endorsement: David Hockney was rumoured to encourage textile designer Celia Birtwell to go out in Paris wearing one pink boot and one blue. On the Golden Globes red carpet in 2011, Helena Bonham Carter also rounded off an extravaganza of a dress with one pink and one green shoe.
Of course, itâs a look that footballers have been sporting for years. With footwear an exception to Fifaâs otherwise restrictive uniform policy, players like to have a little fun on their feet. The mismatched boot trend reached its wonky peak at the last World Cup in Brazil, with Argentinaâs Sergio AgÃ¼ero, Franceâs Olivier Giroud and Italyâs Mario Balotelli all wearing the clashing pink and blue boots from Pumaâs Tricks line. More recently, Puma has released a fuschia and yellow pair (both big colours this season).
So Spicer is in good company, although wearing a black shoe â to camouflage the clash â or going full CÃ©line with a contrasting white one might have better boosted his style credentials. Still, itâs only a matter of time for the increasingly Trump-tangoâd press man: having already been on the receiving end of a Trump-endorsed suit makeover, itâs likely that his footwear will be next.
This article was amended on 15 March to clarify what Sean Spicer was wearing on his foot