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Currently coveting: Elizabeth and James' well-priced designer footwear

October 6, 2010 | 11:50 am


During a recent turn around the stellar shoe department at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, I was introduced to the fall collection of footwear from Elizabeth and James, the contemporary brand from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Nestled amid the Pradas, YSLs and Chanels, the collection of heels and boots caught my eye for its trend-right looks (all the current shoe crazes are covered — wedge booties as well as peep-toe stilettos) and its comparitively reasonable prices, from $350 for Robin Hood-esque suede flat ankle boots to $650 for dominatrix-style wrapped, wedge over-the-knee boots.

OK, they're not cheap, but they're about half the price of shoes from the major designers. And they don't look and feel any less expensive. Also, the collection boasts an urban edge I would liken to Alexander Wang. This is footwear for the high-style set.

Standout styles include a pointy-toed black lace-up bootie with a spiky heel, $395, that would work wonderfully with this season's slouchy pants (above, left); a brushed leather-and-spandex high-heeled sandal with an open toe, $350, that could be cute with a mini (above, middle); and a major lace-up black ankle boot with a reptilian texture and a sky-high wedge heel, $485, for the very fashion-forward.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos: Fall styles from Elizabeth and James. Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue