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You Think You Have a Fetish

Now that's devotion: six stores that are obsessed with a single type of shoe.

Ballet flats
French Sole has more than 10,000 ballet flats in 500 styles--from glittery to zebra-striped to basic black--all designed by Jane Winkworth. The "Simple" flats (they actually have a 1/4-inch heel) were a Princess Diana favorite. 6 Ellis St., London, 011-44/20-7730-3771,, from $97

Navajo sandals
Stephen Bonanno's leather sandals are the epitome of preppy chic--if only because Jackie O. famously wore them. Sandals come whipstitched, flower-adorned, monogrammed, and in any number of color combinations. One of the most popular is the Palm Beach Classic, in pea green with turquoise accents. 15 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, Fla., 866/313-3338,, from $70

Uggs are so out. Enter mukluks: They're like big bedroom slippers you can wear in the snow, with funky fringe, leather laces, and the occasional Navajo trim. All of Steger Mukluks & Moccasins' moosehide boots are made in the native Inuit style, which owner Patti Steger learned on dogsledding treks with her ex-husband, Arctic explorer Will Steger. 33 E. Sheridan St., Ely, Minn., 218/365-3322,, from $120

Gladiator sandals
Lolli by Reincarnation's signature item is the "cat's cradle," an Italian suede sandal in black, red, brown, custard, or royal blue, with straps that can wrap up your ankle 12 different ways. 85 Stanton St., New York City, 212/529-2030,, from $170

Cowboy boots
Savvy Texans go to the Lucchese Outlet to select from 4,500 pairs of the legendary Lucchese boots, at 35 to 60 percent off. The boots come straight from the factory, with minor imperfections, such as a tiny scuff mark. 6601 Montana Ave., El Paso, Tex., 800/239-5925,, from $190

Flip Flop Shops is the one-stop shop for everyone's favorite summer staple. The store stocks 25 brands--Reef, Havaianas, Polo, Skechers--in hundreds of colors. 2576 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602/952-8422,, from $15

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.



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