Case in point: Dansko. The Becky, Nevin and Nell all make clever use of shades of black, with etched, punched, and nailed details- and all with a classic (and comfortable) Dansko sole.
A bit funkier, the Rieker Liv combined folded and bunched black leather with brass rivet detail, contrast stitching, and their now-famous footbed.
On the slightly dressier side, the Surya (no, not Tom Cruise’s kid, nor the lady in the iPhone) from Wolky still manages to turn “basic” black into a bit of “oomph” with some subtle creasing in a nubuck that’s to-die-for.
The lesson: Black is always the new black. Other colors go up and down - and we certainly love them all - but you’ll rarely go wrong with a black shoe. And when the options are this diverse (and fabulous), you shouldn’t be afraid to go back to black!