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Insider: Madden's Pick… Fluevog Coffee

The Steve Madden design contest winner will have a shoe sold exclusively on Zappos.com.

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Just call Paul Steiger, son of designer Walter Steiger, a New Yorker. The scion of the Paris-based Swiss family makes his home these days in the Big Apple, and while he said that adapting was difficult at first, now he can’t imagine living anywhere else. Steiger hosted the luxe brand’s fall preview last week in the swanky new Walter Steiger showroom on New York’s Fifth Avenue, showing off vertiginous platform d’Orsay pumps in leopard-print ponyhair, an ankle boot with a tractor sole and a fully lined, knee-high, rabbit-fur boot. But some of the most exciting Steiger works, he said, aren’t part of the collection — they’re coming out of the brand’s new made-to-measure shop in Paris. “It is very exciting to work without the limits of commercial compromise,” Steiger said. “People come in with their own sketches, or they describe a shoe they once saw or owned. It might be ostrich feathers to accompany an evening gown, or a crocodile boot. There are no bounds to the creativity. But, of course, if we don’t like it, we don’t make it. It has to be nice.”

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