Monday, August 9, 2010

holy greyl.

grey is a color that switches positions on trend charts with predominant fall favorite colors such as brown, camel and burgundy. it's there to soften the dark palette, but hardly has a life of its own. i do recollect a couple of times when grey was the new black, but compared to other pantones, it seems rare.

grey is the safe color in addition to navy that older men go for. it's less imposing than black and seems less demanding on surface structure. although black is always in fashion, grey comes and goes – unless you ask grandpa.

my inner gramps shares a peculiar fondness with gentlemen prone to nose and ear hair that even the most grey loving fashionistas steer clear of: grey shoes. shunned by many, the grey shoe is an antithesis to sharp and clear lines that many a shoe fetishist believes form the basis of great footwear.

some claim that black shoes are always stylish and go with anything and others think black is always a safe option. from my point of view they understand neither style nor grasp ensembles and, moreover, have never set their eyes on finsk wedges. but that's beside the point. the point is, usually when black shoes are no longer a necessity, people opt for color. but not grey.

grey reminds us of dullness, dirt and decay, an in-between state from clarity to doom. most people find it ugly, especially in shoes. it's a color that wants to blend in avoiding the brightness of white or the strength of black. grey is the color for people of the unimposing kind.

my love for grey shoes expresses itself in a myriad of ways from high heels to casual gear. i've posted several here; if i remember correctly, at least prada patent wedges, crumpled zara heels, suede zara booties, alexander wang boots, martin margiela elf shoes and my newest acquisition, sperry top-siders in patent leather.

another quest for the perfect grey pair came to an end in san francisco: after seeing grey dr martens in the ad campaign for comptoir des cotonniers, i did not realize they were a limited edition collaboration and tried to get my hands on a pair for over a year. now, finally, there was a pair on the shelf of a small shoe store at haight-ashbury and it didn't take a moment's hesitation to pack them up.

after cherishing my many pairs i cannot help but wonder how anyone could think grey was not beautiful... what do you think of grey shoes?


Anna said...

Vastauksena kysymykseen: tykkään niistä! Mulla on itselläkin parit: ainaskin yhdet talvisaappaat sekä viimetalviset nilkkurit, joiden harmaudesta nautin täysin siemauksin. Hahhah, mä itseasiassa haluaisin syksyksi HARMAAT ECCO-KÄVELYKENGÄT! Mä olen mummo!

Minusta harmaa on sekä kengissä että pukeutumisessa muutoinkin kaunis ja elegantti väri - ei likainen lainkaan. Mutta mähän tykkään hulluna kaikista epäväreistäkin, joten sotkuisuus tai epämääräisyys väreissä ei haittaa mua siis yleensäkään. Harmaassa, kuten kaikissa väreissä toki!, sävy on kyllä kauhean tärkeä: on kamalia harmaita ja sitten toisaalta oikein ihania.

Sulla on ihania harmaita kenkiä! Ja onnittelut noista Martenseista. Tosi mageet!

Sugar Kane said...

Oooh, gray shoes! As one may notice on my blog, I also bought gray boots for autumn...

To me, gray is always chic, despite trends. Maybe it's my colouring or my fuzzy features, but to me, gray is even more elegant and perennially stylish than black. But then again, I realised a while ago I could easilly be someone's GRANNY.

stellagee said...

anna, MÄ KANSSA! oon halunnut niitä jo vuosia, mutta jostain syystä mun löytöretket sopiviin putiikkeihin eivät ole tuottaneet tulosta...

ihan totta, sävyt ja niiden yhdistäminen ovat kai tässäkin kaiken a ja o, mutta jostian syystä tuntuu siltä, että harmaata pidetään jotenkin... vaikeana...

martensit ovat pitkällisen etsimisen jälkeen aidosti aarteet. <3

sugar kane, yes, congrats, i love your boots. i have decided to steer clear of other suede pairs, just for practical reasons, but yours are incredible...

grannies we are, yes.