It’s extremely rare that a design can truly pull double duty as two completely different shoes. Because of the structural nature of footwear and the necessity that it supports weight and stands up to a fair bit of abuse, changing a shoe substantially without compromising its functional purposes is a difficult design trick to manage.
The Diane Von Furstenberg Flama Scarf Tie Platform Sandals seem to do it with at least a fair bit of success, however. The shoe can be a plain, high-heeled black mule without the scarf, and since the wrapping technique means that you’re actually looping it between the heel and the sole of the shoe when you’d like an ankle strap, there are no empty buckles or loops when you’d prefer to go strapless.
This shoe comes in several versions, but this one is my favorite because the moods of the two shoes are so completely different. The slightly chunky mule is minimalist and neutral, and adding a huge bow with a rope print just screams “Ahoy, matey.” I kind of like both, although I would strongly encourage anyone who’s interested in this shoe to try it on first. DVF’s models didn’t seem to have any problem walking the runway in this design, but the way that the scarf is supposed to be tied in order to provide any sort of support probably takes some practice. If you can get it down, though, you could probably use any twilly-shaped scarf in your collection to yield nearly unlimited results. Buy through ShopBop for $280.