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Five resources for chic shoes at smart prices

Last week, I was walking by Century 21, when a gorgeous pair of studded flats caught my eye. Two things pushed me through the door: their reasonable price (around $100) and a label I’d never heard of – Luxury Rebel.
Whether it’s a broken-in pair of boots or a fierce pair of heels, donning the right shoe makes us feel good and says a lot about who we are. Louis XIV (the French king who made Versailles the place to be) knew this. He wore red heels to signify his wealth and privilege, a tradition Christian Louboutin continues today.
For me, the perfect shoe combines quality and design with a smart price.
Not paying enough tends to get you a pair of cheap-looking shoes; overpaying seems gauche these days.
Here are five resources for chic shoes at smart prices:
Topshop: The Soho boutique carries sexy, fashion forward shoes that won’t break the bank.
Boutique 9: This design team does a fabulous job of producing of the moment shapes, and they’re comfortable. Found at select Nine West stores and Shoe Box stores in Manhattan.
Belle by Sigerson Morrison: This is a beautiful line designed by a Frenchwoman who knows her shoes and her materials.
Luxury Rebel: A lower-priced line designed by the edgy Jean-Michel Cazabat.
J. Crew: Check-out the pickings at the upscale spin-off Ten Thirty-Five Madison (1035 Madison Ave. at 79th St.). Pretty details and embellishments, and also some great basics, made in Italy.
My blog readers also recommend:
Miss Sixty: “…reasonably priced, unique and well made…”
Loeffler Randall: “…I’m a comfort girl. Fell in love with a pair of muted gold suede and stingray peeptoe pumps and haven’t looked back! Their Mathilde boot styles are fab for fall!”
“Lord & Taylor also has a great selection of reasonably priced shoes and the store is the calmest, most non-tourist department store in the city by far.”

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