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Here is this seasons 411 on the shoe scene. The style, the designers, the where-to guide for the fashion-conscious of Queens.

The Foot That Launched 1,000 Ships

It was said that Helen of Troy launched those ships simply by showing her face. Imagine if she were wearing this year’s sandals. This Roman-inspired footwear is not only slimming, but so intricate and soft that they elongate even the shortest of legs. From flats to stilettos, laced up your calf or tied at the ankles, these sandals are fit for a goddess. These can be worn with anything from jeans to skirts, suits, to eveningwear, making this the purchase of the summer.

Banana Republic of Forest Hills carries quite a few variations of this sensual sandal. Ones to look out for are the espadrille wedge with canvas ankle ties. Distinguished by their bohemian look, these sandals are definitely meant for warm summer evenings. If sleek and sexy is what you’re looking for, the high-heeled woven leather complete with ankle wraps is the high-class way to go.

This Little Piggy...

Well, it sure didn’t go to the market, but if it did it could now do it in style. Not the typical thong, but the illusion of a toe ring, while strapping your toe securely in. Go classic or elaborate, these sandals come in wild designs and colors.

Need a little spice? How about jewels and beads. This sandal is not only fun, but glamorous as well. Making the transition from day to night very easy, transitioning well from jeans and a Tee to a night out on the town.

REACTION by Kenneth Cole designed “Trick or Treat,” a sandal that is simple yet chic. This sandal has a narrow heel and is elegantly adorned with rhinestones.

Feet needing a little attention? BCBGirls “Essere” is shimmering with originality. This sea star splash of color centered on your foot’s arch is sure to catch an eye or two.

Too glitzy? Try Alfani’s earth-toned beaded sandal “Ionah,” in browns and greens. This flat definitely is great for the down-to-earth chick. All of these styles can be located at Macy’s in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst.

Footloose & Fancy-Free

Who would have thought that your old gym shoe could be turned into a pair of seductive sneakers? Not only that, but they would be in popular demand?

According to the May issue of Vogue, “... teenagers are paying thousands of dollars for pre-worn high tops.”

In a vast array of colors, styles and fabrics, Nike has nothing on these classy kicks. From stiletto slides to high tops, this gym-inspired fad has girls going crazy.

“I originally designed these sneaker-boots in 1993. Recently many fabulous soul and hip hop singers — Jennifer Lopez, Eve, Alicia Keys — have picked them up and totally revived their popularity,” said designer Manolo Blahnik. This style sells for $690 at Bergdorf Goodman, but if you don’t want to spend thousands on originals or even hundreds for Manolo Blahniks, there’s a more reasonable option for the fashion savvy. Love My Shoes on Bell Boulevard in Bayside carries a wide line of this inspired footwear. From leather to suede, designers such as Steve Madden, Navid O Nadia, and Gasoline have hit the target for the everyday Blahnik alternative.

The “It” Girl

The fashions of the street that all girls should look out for.

Bought at Designer Shoe Warehouse, located in Elmhurst, a hot variation of the classic ballet slipper is worn by Jessica Sawtelle of Woodside. Designed by Rocketdog, a must have for all “It” girls this summer.

Posted 7:16 pm, October 10, 2011
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