The Two-Tone Shoe by Chanel

To Gabrielle Chanel, “a woman with good shoes is never ugly”. In 1957, she adorned the silhouette of the Chanel two-tone shoes. She made a call to the artisan shoemaker Massaro in order to create this accessory. He offered to compose it for her, so that it had some beige color “that blends into and extends the leg,” and a shoe “with a black tip that is slightly squared and shortens the foot”. With a 6 cm heel, the little shoe with the pointed toe becomes practical and elegant, but also comfortable thanks to good ankle support.

White or ecru, it is suitable for any type of woman: the worker, the partier, the chic. Quickly, it became a flagship object. Worn by the greatest ladies, from Catherine Deneuve to the upscale Romy Schneider, it easily fit in with celebrities. Now 50 years later, it continues, being reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. In the style of classic Chanel, who has fun with colors, Lagerfeld also plays to his own style : a two-tone structure with an arched instep. This version hit the catwalks of the ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2013.

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