Even though all feelings are valid, yada yada, a fear of mismatched shoes is highly irrational. (Several far better phobias: homicidal clowns, the world’s people failing to set aside their differences in the wake of an alien invasion, Kevin Spacey.) For one, no matter how groggy you are in the morning, you will never, ever leave the house in one sneaker and one loafer—I can almost guarantee it. You will notice the height difference right away and make a U-turn. For another, mismatched shoes are an entirely respectable trend that have been a long time coming.

Unless you are a true original like Helena Bonham Carter. Remember that you will have to buy or own two pairs of the same satin pumps for this to work—similar but ultimately different footwear will not do, as any subtle difference in the soles will cause an irritating limp.

Helena Bonham Carter (Rex Features)

And then there was the Céline Spring 2017’s French art-magnate Queen of Hearts, or the clincher of this persuasive essay. With a fancy-lady draped dress and fancy-lady’s-even-fancier-grandmother accessories, red and white boots look on-purpose and even respectable. You see? There is really nothing to fear—except Kevin Spacey himself.

Celine Spring/Summer 2017 (Imaxtree)

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