Helena Bonham Carter in mismatched shoes at the 2011 Golden Globes

As with most big awards ceremonies, there weren’t too many pairs of shoes on display at the Golden Globes this weekend: they were all hidden away under long gowns. One of the few pairs on display, however, was also one of the most unusual choices: a pair of odd-coloured shoes.

These are the same style of shoe, but one is green and one is red: I don’t think they came like that, somehow, so I’m assuming HBC bought two pairs and just switched them around.ย Think it’ll catch on?


  • I don’t know. I am not proud to say that Helena Bonham Carter just makes me recoil. I can’t pinpoint what IT is, exactly but I cannot stand her. The dress (Vivienne Westwood, how could you have designed that?!) was horrible enough but the mismatched 8th grade school dance shoes are not only ugly but mismatched, too?! I just think the whole ensemble screams “I am so WEIRD and EDGY and SUPERIOR!” and I just hate it.

  • The scientist/shoe lover in me adores the natural progression/evolution of shoe appreciation & the boundary breaking this represents.

    The middle aged, media conditioned part of my mind sort of recoils.

    Overall, I am so glad Helena did it & I embrace the concept, but doubt I’m ready or brave enough to follow her lead yet. Of course it is entirely possible I might do it by accident, considering how fast I sometimes get dressed in the morning – and now I have a precedent to refer to when I claim I “did it deliberately as a fashion statement”.

  • I use to do this in the 80’s when I had the same pair of shoes in black and white. It was fun to go dancing in but I don’t think I could do it now.

  • I’ve done exactly this, two Xmases ago, one left and one right, from red and green pairs in the same shoe, for my partner’s semi-fancy office Xmas dinner & dance. It was fun. I did get people asking if I was colour blind. I notice Helena even did the colours right for port and starboard aircraft navigation lights! Hah! Vindication at long last : )

  • I like Helena Bonham Carter and her style. The idea of the odd-coloured shoes is funny, but I would have liked it even better if both colours had actually appeared in the dress. The green shoe doesn’t exactly go with the blue parts of the dress.

  • Thanks again Shoeperwoman! I just knew when I saw Helena on the GG that you would put it in your blog. I still don’t know what to make of it, but I think that colors aside- the shoes weren’t cute? She definitely strives to stay off any sort of best dressed list. I’m starting to worry, does your blog end with the challenge? Say the magic will continue.

  • I know she looks like a mess, but that’s HBC for ya ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s her style.
    As for the mismatched shoes, when I was younger at summer camp on the last day we had a quirky goodbye party and they asked us to wear different shoes on each foot with different socks. HBC must have thought she was at that party ๐Ÿ˜›

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