Leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to get me thinking about mixed media pumps; how can I not when I see polka-dots, florals and fruit (yes, those indeed look like peaches on the vamp) all happening on one pump? We’ve seen plenty of pattern-clashing, mixed-printed pumps recently, such as in Sophia Webster’s Spring 2015 collection, and every time I see mixed media pumps, I always go through the same debate in my head: do I love ‘em or should I leave ‘em?
Despite how much I love jeweled or otherwise embellished footwear, when it comes to clashing patterns, I can be a bit fussy. I try to keep an open mind about all shoes, but it really depends on how tastefully these patterns mesh together. One pair that comes to mind when I think about mixed-media pumps done correctly is a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti pumps that I wrote about two years ago while I was interning. (Time flies!) As opposed to this Dolce & Gabbana pump, what attracted me to those Zanottis is that the contrasting prints flow into one another. On this Dolce & Gabbana design, the patterns simply rest next to each other on the pump. There’s no transition, we go from fruit to polka-dots just like that.
I’ve always had conflicting feelings towards mixed media pumps, and it looks like that’ll be the case until I see a version that truly catches my eye. Let us know how you feel in the comments.