Neons and neutrals is nothing new. Neons and neutrals on footwear…also not the most revolutionary concept. But neons, neutrals, and an oxford…now that’s a trend I can support.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Cole Haan footwear. They are consistently my go-to brand for function, style, and comfort all wrapped into one nice neat little package. But here’s the thing: most of my shoes from Cole Haan are pretty neutral, and definitely fall into the “standard issue” category. With the small exception of a gorgeous pair of orange driving loafers that I picked up in Del Mar, CA a couple years ago, my association with the brand exists mainly in the colour range of brown to grey to black and some deep maroon in between. This is not to say that they don’t make shoes in more daring colours, I’ve just never been particularly attracted to them before.
Well guys & dolls, consider the horses held and the opinions changed. The next pair of shoes that makes its way into my already overzealous shoe collection may in fact be a pair of the neon and neutral mixed oxfords. Two versions of this cool combination exist. The first is the Alisa Oxford. Boasting my favourite hue mix-match (light cove / chickadee) and pictured at the top of this post…they’re what really drew me in. The reason why they won’t be waltzing into my wardrobe anytime soon though? The puddle-centric weather that we’ve been having in my bit of the real world lately, and the fact that the “light cove” portion of this shoe is suede. The second option is the Skylar Oxford. A close runner-up for my favourite combination (primarily because I’m going through an uncharacteristic “pink” phase right now) in sequoia / rock candy, these seem to have a touch more practicality in terms of material. They’re also ever so slightly more subtle in their statement (or as subtle as a fuchsia toe and heel cap can be) and my mind is already planning outfits right from the present moment to well into spring and summer with them.
Whether I indulge in either is currently absolutely debatable (considering the practical, smart, and sensible bit of me should really be buying said Sorels for winter), but let’s just say that they’ve been put on the list of considerations. The Alisas retail for $178, and the Skylars $248 according to ColeHaan.com and can be purchased online (US only) or at your local Cole Haan boutique.
Pst…guys…because I know there are a few of you who read this blog as well…the guy’s equivalents of these are the Air Colton Casual Wing Tip Oxford (check out the chestnut/ashley blue), most similar in concept to the Skylars…or the Air Franklin Wing Tip Oxford (which I’m advocating in hibiscus suede), if the Alisa were more your cup of tea.