Have you noticed the two-tone bags that have caught on in recent seasons? Well, now they've spawned a footwear trend: the two-tone bootie, which has the vamp in one color and the counter — the part that wraps around the heel — in another. This might sound a bit gimmicky, but the look is actually sleek and modern, as well as flattering, regardless of your age (especially if you have large feet, since a two-tone bootie makes the foot look smaller).
Booties go with anything — pants, jeans, leggings, a skirt or a dress — and the same applies to two-tone booties in particular. Wear them without socks in mild weather or, when the temperature drops, with socks that match the vamp rather than the counter, to avoid going overboard with color blocking. The two-tone styles often have high heels, but not always — click here for a low-heeled classic — and the looks range from mod to slightly urban cowboy. Color combinations also run the gamut, from black and rust to a solid leather juxtaposed with a leopard print. (Click here for a style that comes in five different versions, including one that ups the ante to three tones: black, white and blue.) Whichever one you choose, you'll have the look of the moment. — Lola Ehrlich and John Birmingham