Killer Shoes for Summer

Platforms, ankle straps and detailing are the essential elements of chic footwear this summer.

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There's no place like home! These ruby red Marc Jacobs heels made their way down the catwalk with the designer's summer/spring collection.
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Embellishments galore, sky-high platforms and criss-cross ankle straps - these heels featured on the Romance Was Born runway are spot-on for Summer '09.
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These Jimmy Choo Grant silk satin peep toe shoes are perfect for a summer evening out on the town.
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These Dolce & Gabbana platforms are <i>extreme,</i> but chic.
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Studs, chains and spikes will be everywhere this summer. The studs on these Dior heels are subtle, but they get the job done. Rough up all of your demure outfits with these rock-inspired details.
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Heels are no longer just to support the shoe - they're now an independent feature. John Galliano's heels for Christian Dior feature metallic tribal figures.
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Mary-Kate Olsen sports Proenza Schouler's spring 2009 coiled heel pumps. The lace-up and feature heel combo makes them right on target for this summer's trends.
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This season's heels are complemented by mile-high platforms. Stuart Weitzman's "Timber" style pairs platforms with double ankle straps, which are all the rage.
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Embellishment was everywhere during the Spring/Summer shows. The exotic detailing on these heels at the Louis Vuitton show make them different from anything we've ever seen.
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Prada's platforms have it all to look hot for summer - reptile leather, height and chic colors - but be careful; they took down a <i>professional</i> walker on the runway.
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John Galliano for Christian Dior created painfully unique heels for the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2009 showing.
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Animal print meet straps in these sassy skins by Lisa Ho that were all the rage on the runway down under at Australian Fashion Week.
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Bright colors, ankle ties and platforms are among the biggest trends in footwear for summer 2009. This pair of shockingly pink heels are a part of the John Galliano for Christian Dior spring/summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection.
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Gladiator sandals were big in '08, but the trend will continue into summer 2009. Because the style's become more mainstream in the past year, detailing - like the studs on this Anna Sui pair - is necessary to make them standout.
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Summer 2009 is all about color -- like these bright yellow pumps by Pour La Victoire worn by Leighton Meester on the set of "Gossip Girl."
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Reptile leathers were a huge trend for Winter 2008, and designers are carrying it into the summer months on sandals -- like these platforms by BCBGMAXAZRIA.
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Anna Sui's fanciful leather sandals prove that you don't have to wear heels to have sophisticated style this summer.
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These Pour La Victoire sandals are so cool, we'll even excuse the fact they're worn with socks.
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These minimalist heels worn at Ralph Lauren's Spring/Summer 2009 show embrace the ankle strap trend while remaining understated.
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Drew Barrymore sports laced black-and-white Giuseppe Zanotti platforms to a "Grey Gardens" discussion panel event.
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Christian Dior isn't the only label creating feature heels -- Bottega Veneta is responsible for this woven accent.
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Gucci's "Iman" platforms claim a 4.1" heel.
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