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The benefits of heels as reflective as Jimmy Choos are twofold: They make a demure outfit feel instantly glam and youthful, plus they’re so shiny you could reapply your lipstick in them.
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has long been loyal to her camel suede booties, but even she shelves them when the mercury plummets. Her polished knee-high riding boots are stylish and slush-proof.
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Yes, Miranda Kerr’s colorful kicks are open-toe, but the suede upper and bootie shape make them way more winter-appropriate than your strappy sandals. (Plus, they’re one of the few open-toe styles you can wear with tights – yes, really.)
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Get your stud fix with funky black booties dotted with gold on the back, as seen on Carly Rae Jepsen. There’s something flirty and unexpected about a flash of metallic as you walk by.
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True story: Whenever someone wears menswear-inspired flats like Olivia Palermo’s to the office, all the editors stop what they’re doing to ooh and ahh. They’re unexpected, comfy and with the right outfit, can look formal enough for a party.
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You don’t have to wear a graphic romper with butt-kicking heels like Brian Atwoods to make a major impact. The edgy, straptastic pumps take care of doing that, even when paired with the most basic ensembles.
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KNEE-HIGH TAN BOOTS
We love our riding boots, but there is something so irresistible about a sleek pair of skyscraper knee-highs in camel. January Jones’s Rachel Zoe Collection “Chloe” , $625, are a near-perfect example of how they can look both preppy and sexy.
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DOTTED KITTEN HEELS
Yes, animal print can be bold and over-the-top. It can also be lovely and ladylike, as proven by the low-heeled, subtly patterned Loeffler Randall “Tamsin” wears.
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Just think of all the fun pedi looks that you could sport with these wedges featuring two-tone straps and a red heel. Solange Knowles pairs them with mixed prints, but we suggest opting for a simple dress that picks up one or two of the colors in the shoe.
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London is calling. Answer with these oh-so-British glam boots, which Kate Moss clearly knows are the perfect mix of rocker, fashionista and edgy EastEnder.
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BLINGED OUT T-STRAPS
We’ve been lusting over these gorgeous Rupert Sanderson peep-toes ($985 ) since we spotted in them a few weeks ago. So we found the look for less – better click to buy before we snap them up first!
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These bombshell red-orange booties, seen on , just went to the top of our fall shopping list. They have as much impact as sexy heels but none of the discomfort (plus, they’ll keep you warm in winter).
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GOLD PLATFORM HEELS
This is what style pros mean when they say accessories can make or break a little black dress. Though America Ferrera’s outfit is pretty on its own, her Brian Atwood pumps take the look from cute to can’t-look-away.
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DOTTED CAP-TOE FLATS
Sometimes, two trends in one item can feel like overload. On Diane Kruger’s Loeffler Randall flats, however, the combo of polka dots and a pointy toe makes her shoes twice as nice.
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Western boots are totally adorable, but tricky to pull off. Western booties, though, are a little less daunting. We love them as Camila McConaughey wore them – with leather and a trapeze dress – but they’ll work well with tights and a mini.
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Few girls besides can pull off the sneakers-and-cocktail dress look. But if you’re going to attempt it, make sure to get kicks like her silver-accented Barbara Bui sneaks, which feel high-fashion, not gym-ready.
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Pink suede heels, where have you been all our lives? The Rupert Sanderson kicks seen on (as Blair Waldorf) remind us of Barbie shoes in the best way. Skip the Barbie styling, though, and wear them with something sleek and simple to avoid a pageant queen comparison.
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It takes a lot to draw attention away from a sheer, embellished white dress with a fuzzy peplum, but electric pink Christian Louboutin “Pigalle” stilettos do the trick nicely. Don’t own this outfit? Luckily, these shoes look amazing with everything from jeans to a snug black mini.
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Cute and comfortable are not mutually exclusive, as shows. She strolls Central Park in a relaxed dress and a $59.99 pair of slip-on Lacoste tennis shoes.
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What’s sexier than a strappy black heel? A strappy black heel topped off with glam black tassels, like the Rachel Zoe Collection pair seen on Nina Dobrev.
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Is your work wardrobe putting you to sleep faster than a three-hour, PowerPoint-heavy meeting? Inject a little spice into your Monday-to-Friday look with these perfectly prim (but still super-sassy) royal blue pumps, as seen on Maria Sharapova.
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After putting together a traffic-stopping outfit and an equally head-turning pony, most ladies would be content to settle for unassuming footwear. Not , who sports a pair of $1,195 studded .
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EMBELLISHED POINTY FLATS
We know, we know: You have black flats already. But you probably wear them so much, you could use a second pair. Update the staple with ones like , which feature an on-trend pointed toe and chic metallic embellishments.
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Stuart Weitzman “Corkswoon” navy wedges ($375 ), should earn a gold medal for keeping her chic and comfortable throughout the London Olympics, from the torch’s arrival to the equestrian events.
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A little rain can’t stop Kelly Ripa from putting together an adorable outfit: She slips into a pair of classic Hunter Boots ($135 ) for a practical addition to her shimmering skirt and tiered tank.
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Obsessed with adorable black-and-white Pierre Hardy wedges? Get moving: There are only three pairs left (for $239!) at the .
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Even if you don’t have legs as long as Alessandra Ambrésio’s (and really, who does?), you can still turn heads in her studded red boots, which feature a killer silver pointy toe.
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We know you love flip-flops, but why not up the style ante this weekend by running errands in wedges instead? Selma Blair’s strappy ones makes her romper look too sexy for a lazy Sunday.
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Major props to Kristin Davis for resisting the urge to play it safe with nude pumps. The actress chose some wildly unexpected footwear – rose-and-snakeskin wedges – that pop against her bold orange sheath.
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FUNKY FLAT SANDALS
is a walking ad for her own ShoeMint line and it’s working! Her sold-out “Bridget” sandals combine three different hues for one seriously stylish shoe.
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This hot trend was all over dresses, tops and jewelry, so it only makes sense that it’s migrated to footwear. We love sunny, citrusy pair for being both cute and comfortable, and lending an unexpected bright pop to her otherwise laid-back look.
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A jet-setter like is totally committed to comfort on her transcontinental jaunts, hence her affinity for these Pedro Garcéa “Temple” wedges (on sale for $225 ), which she wore on her way back from Paris. The neutral hue makes the style leg-lengthening, even with the ankle strap.
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isn’t just a ShoeMint designer – she’s also a client. Her striped “Christina” flats are adorable with cuffed jeans and would give a fun, funky touch to a solid sundress. The $79.98 shoes are nearly sold out in stripes but are in orange and blue.
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RED STRAPPY STILETTOS
Sizzling scarlet + metallic-edged straps + a slender heel = jaw-dropping appeal. Prepare to cause quite a bit of rubber-necking with our look-alike picks. You can play it safe like Malin Akerman (in Christian Louboutin) by wearing them with a high-neck sheath, or pull out all the stops and sport curve-hugging jeggings or a miniskirt.
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Evoke sultry desert nights without also evoking a “souvenir from a tourist trap in Phoenix” vibe by slipping into sexy beaded sandals like Stacy Keibler’s. Subtly borrowing from summer’s hot tribal trend, a sandal with a little beading is flirty (not to mention, way more chic than your ratty old flip-flops).
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Pointy-toe shoes, like Olivia Palermo’s pretty Diors, tend to feel all-business and a bit too severe for warm-weather afternoons. But she elevates and summer-izes the look with contrasting prints that are cute and eye-catching, plus a wedge heel (not often seen on this toe shape).
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Sparkly heels can easily veer into prom territory, but demonstrates how to keep them classy, not cheesy. She selects a golden pair that complement (rather than outshine) her embellished dress and goes for a simple style: closed-toe with a rounded point.
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Electric blue wedges are the perfect punctuation to bold ensemble (including a Tory Burch hat and an AG Adriano Goldschmied maxi). They add major inches, but the platform heel and wide crisscross straps ensure they’re comfortable (no, really).
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No bump in pumps here! stays grounded in tan Rachel Zoe Collection sandals featuring two wide straps and subtle hardware at the ankles.
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Happy feet are yours in an instant with a pair of pretty ballet shoes in this sunny shade. And they’re surprisingly versatile – try them with a navy top and cognac bag ( is Patricia Nash) for a preppy look, or wear with a dress in a contrasting bright to make a summery statement.
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is wild for her leopard-print lace-up Vans, which she wears with a chambray shirt, a red Rebecca Minkoff bag and graphic leggings. If this print-on-print look is a little much for your taste, swap out the pants for a flared skirt or skinny jeans to let the shoes take center stage.
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Ginnifer Goodwin’s basic black outfit gets a kick from her ankle-strap candy-stripe pair. Sweet and sassy, these printed heighteners look just as good with an LBD as with an all-white ensemble or jeans and a tee.
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Afraid to try the loafer trend for fear of looking too granny-ish? There’s no danger of that with an allover studded pair like , which are one part rocker, one part elegance.
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Offsetting an edgy, look-at-me hue with barely there construction, ultra-sexy dark gold platforms (worn to the Hunger Games Paris premiere) are the perfect complement to a daring dress – though they’d be equally amazing with a pencil skirt or dark jeans.
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Feminine, flowery prints are set to be a staple this season on everything from bags to jeans. Pretty poppy-adorned wedges, like YSL pair, are a fresh and flirty way to wear the trend.
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YELLOW POINTY TOES
The sunshine shade will be everywhere in the coming months, but many women find it washes out their complexions. Avoid the problem by wearing the color away from your face and in the form of pumps, like does.
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Platform pumps have been big for a while now, but this graphic, contrasting twist on the look (as seen on ) is strikingly stylish. Whether you choose black for the sole or the upper portion of your heel, it’s like adding an exclamation point to your whole look.
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Want to update your ballet flats but you aren’t quite ready for ultra-masculine oxfords? shows off a great middle ground in her magenta pointy-toe flats, which are comfortable, on-trend and sweet: a terrific trifecta.
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However, if you are ready to jump on the oxfords bandwagon, follow Amber Heard’s fashionable lead and get your kicks with a metallic pair – they look great in any season.
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Could purple be the next neutral? Emmy Rossum’s stacked suede pair complement her ladylike white ensemble, but we can also see them worn with flares or as a contrast with other brights.
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At the Dior show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, the steps out in cage heels, a dramatic and downright sexy counterpoint to her girlie dress.
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completes her low-key look (a plaid shirt and skinnies) with suede booties that have a chunky heel – a great pick for traveling, since they go well from day to night.
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A striking outfit like Jessica’s floral pants and ombré jacket needs appropriately striking heels – and her strappy kelly green sandals are the perfect choice.
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Sharp gold cap-toes like are so hot right now, and they’re a classy addition to a pretty dress or pair of wide-leg trousers.
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