The warm shades of the earth or more subtle ones such as sand and rope are unisex and timeless in footwear

[On the cover: Fashion Shows by Alberta Ferretti and Ermenegildo Zegna, Jimmy Choo and Gallucci’ s shoes s/s 2021]

Nude, beige, cream, sand, and rope, up to the darker shades of leather and tobacco are neutral colours that remind one of the colours of the earth, from the desert to the beach. Perfect for the spring-summer season and especially for total looks that wrap you in a warm, cocoon-like embrace. To take a break from the strong, fruity colours that have taken over this season, neutrals never go out of fashion – they are a classic for light linen, cotton, and hemp garments which can give relief during the first heatwaves. Neutrals are also unisex colours, flaunted in the thirties by Marlene Dietrich, the androgynous look muse who loved men’s suits, in beige too.

Neutral-toned footwear is an evergreen on the catwalks and in the collections of designers and manufacturers: they can be easily combined to create tone-on-tone effects or to tone down stronger colours.

Feminine neutrals

The lighter shades are used for many models, both elegant ones and more street-friendly ones, ranging from pumps to high-heeled sandals; they are also widely used for moccasins and espadrilles too.

Masculine neutrals

More or less intense beige and sand, but also tobacco and camel for loafers and sneakers in raw materials. The apotheosis is the desert boot, which has become famous -suitably- in desert tones.