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Wednesday, October 27th 2010

Footwear’s Wild Side: Extreme Shoes

There's no denying that fancy footwear has always captured our imagination. From Dorothy to Cinderella, cowboys to spat-sporting gangsters, history and literature are filled with symbolic shoes. Happily, you don’t need to be an outlaw or a storybook heroine to put your best and boldest foot forward with these edgy styles:

Extreme Wedges
A sky-high wedge is an intriguing mix of contrasts: fanciful yet practical, chunky yet graceful. The boldest of the bold are Guiseppe Zanotti's decadant leopard booties, while Elizabeth and James and Sam Edelman make more modest, office-going options that still have plenty of sass.

Knee Boots
With thigh-high boots becoming surprisingly mainstream, intrepid strutters will have to up the bar. Stuart Weitzman and Sigerson Morrison offer haircalf and red suede options that will stop even the most discriminating of shoe collectors in her tracks.

Fur & Fringe
Shearling is stepping it up this season, with everyone from UGG Boots to Maison Martin Margiela offering quirky takes on the tried-and-true trend. If you’re an I-am-woman-hear-me-roar type, Opening Ceremony's curly lamb-covered options and Alexander Wang's fringed sandals will put a spring in your step.

--Rebecca

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